The Basics of Christianity
When the subject of christianity is discussed, there are many issues that must be taken into consideration. Some of these issues are: Deliverance – the practice of praying to expunge evil spirits from a person’s body; Casting out demons – taking authority over a yelling, screaming demon and ordering it to leave an individual; Healing the sick – the belief that Jesus can heal anyone who believes in Him; Miracle healing – the idea that when God wants to show His power, He does so through supernatural means (such as healing the sick).
A central tenet of Christianity is that only those who accept Jesus Christ as their Savior can be saved. This belief, which has been expressed in a variety of ways through councils, creeds and theologians, is based on the Bible, which Christians believe is the “Word of God” that is inerrant.
It is important to realize that while there may be some disagreements about the specifics of Christian beliefs, all Christians are united in their devotion to Jesus Christ as the Son of God and as Savior. Christians also believe that the Bible is God’s word, and that it should be the final authority on all matters of faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16). It is a testament to the power of Christ’s message that the number of Christians has quadrupled in 100 years, from about 600 million in 1910 to about 2 billion today. Moreover, the geographic distribution of Christians is amazingly worldwide.