What is Christianity?

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Posted on January 3, 2018
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Christianity is God's religion. It was originally founded by the Lord Jesus Christ and spread with His Blessing by the Apostle Paul. Paul was originally an enemy of Jesus and a murderer of Christians, but after Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus, he became an enthusiast follower of the Risen Lord.

Christianity is a historic religion. It is founded upon the historical life, teachings, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Christianity is the only religion that can make such claims to history, and eyewitnesses written down the Lord's actions and words in four inspired books that we call "gospels" – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

The basic story of Christianity is simple. It all starts in the Garden of Eden – a perfect Garden featuring a Forbidden Tree. God created man perfectly in His Image out of the dust of the earth. His Spirit breathed life into this form, and mankind became a living being. God realized that Adam was lonely, so he put him to sleep and created a woman named Eve out of Adam's rib. Everything was great for a while, but then Satan visited the Garden, and all hell broke loose. Satan slyly convinced Eve that she should eat the forbidden fruit from the Forbidden Tree. Eve unfortunately listened to Satan and partook of the forbidden fruit. Adam discovered Eve and the serpent, and he too unwisely partook of the forbidden fruit in a deliberate act of rebellion against God. As a result of eating the fruit, their eyes were opened, and they realized that they were naked. They were accused and tried to hide from God.

God appeared on the scene in the Garden and experienced confusion at not being able to find Adam and Eve. "Where the heck could they be?", He thought to Himself. He called out, "Adam!". There was no answer. He fought out, "Eve!". There was no answer. After several attempts at calling them and after a frantic search of the Garden turned up nothing, Adam decided to have mercy on God. Adam cried out and said, "Father, we are over here under these trees in the south end of the Garden with this talking serpent! Follow my voice, and You will find us!"

God successfully located Adam, Eve, and the talking serpent and heaved an acute sigh of relief. He killed some animals and clothed Adam and Eve and then pronounced punishment upon Satan. He condemned the talking snake to eat dust for the rest of his life, and he predicted the coming of a Savior who would punish him to an even greater extinction, finally defeating him in the process.

About four thousand years after the events in the Garden of Eden took place, a Savior was indeed born, just as God the Father had predicted. He was the offspring of God and the Virgin Mary, and He was also God in the Flesh. God blessed the Holy Child, and He grew up in the fear and admonition of the Father. When Jesus was 12 years old, Mary and Joseph lost track of Him while they were in the Holy City on important business. They searched frantically for him for several days, only to find Him amazing the Jews with His knowledge and wisdom in the Temple in the Holy City. Jesus looked at them strangely and said, "Did not you know that I would be about my Father's business?" We do not have the details of Jesus' life past this point until he was about 30 years old.

Jesus was ready to start His ministry by the age of about 30. He went and found the man who was preparing the way for Him – a man who ate locusts and honey by the name of John the Baptist. As Jesus approached the place where John the Baptist was baptizing folks for the remission of their sins, John looked up and sacrificed out, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" John was shocked at the idea that Jesus needed baptizing, but He insisted upon it. When John dunked Jesus in the water, the Father spoke from the clouds in approval of the Lord Jesus, and the Holy Spirit flew down from Heaven in the form of a dove and landed on the Lord's shoulder, thereby sealing God's approval of His ministry.

Jesus roamed the countryside with his twelve disciples and preached and taught the multitudes over the next three years or so. Some people wisely believed on Him, while others listened to Satan and remained deceived and unwisely did not believe on Him. Jesus constantly challenged and upset the Jews, so they wanted Him put to death. They tried to capture Him on more than one occasion, but it was not His time to die yet. When His time finally did come, He told Judas (who had been possessed by Satan) to do what he had to do quickly. Judas did his pre-ordained job, and betrayed Jesus to the Jews. The Jews captured Him, and took Him before the Romans to be put to death. Pilate could find no reason to kill Him, but the Jews insisted. So, Pilate released Barabbas – a convicted killer – to them and took Jesus to be executed.

As was predicted in the Old Testament (see Isaiah 53), Jesus was beaten and bruised and then crucified. After Jesus cried out, "Father, into Your Hands I commit my Spirit!", Satan thought that he had gotten the victory since Jesus was dead! But, Jesus had predicted that He would rise from the dead three days later, and history records that it really happened! What Satan thought was his biggest victory turned out to be his biggest defeat! Jesus died on Friday night, but raised Himself from the dead on Sunday morning! Hallelujah!

After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples and to many people, further proving Himself to be God. After His final appearance at the Mount of Olives, He returned to Heaven to live forever with the Father and to our Advocate before the Father.

Jesus is our High Priest and Advocate before the Father. If we accept Him as our Savior, He will forgive us of our sins and cleanse us and make us whole. If we choose to reject Jesus and His saving message, then we have no right standing before the Father, and we will quite justifiably go to Hell for our sins.

The essential message of Christianity is that because of Adam and Eve did, we are all sinners, and we need the forgiveness and love of God. Jesus sacrificed Himself on the cross to save you from Hell. Will not you accept His free Love Gift of eternal life today? All you have to do is ask Him sincerely, and He will forgive you of your sins and give you a new eternal life in Himself. Do not wait! Do it today! Praise God!

Source by Jeff Reid

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