Our Christian Religion

Jeremiah 31:34 For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

Although the Christian Religion has divided into many denominations over the years, all of them agree on such fundamentals as the Bible, The Trinity, and the teachings of the Creeds. Most of the denominations that exist at present, developed since the Protestant Reformation. 

Christianity was founded in the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth, early in the 1st century, 30-33AD, with his teachings, miracles, crucifixion and resurrection.

Today it is the largest religion in the world, with about 2 billion followers. Especially dominate in the western world, today's Christianity has a wide variety of forms, beliefs, and practices, but all center on faith in Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.

Within the Christian Religion, we believe that Jesus Christ was the Messiah that was written about within the prophecies in the Old Testament, The Son of God, True God and True Man, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He came to earth as the Savior of man by taking the sin of man to a crucified death upon the cross. Three days later Jesus rose from the dead and days later Ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, and will come again on the final days to judge all people.

In 386 Augustine also converted to the Christian Religion. For the next 600 years there was great conflict between the Eastern and Western churches, resulting in the Great Schism in 1054 that led to separate groups recognized today as The Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches.

The next key event in Christian History takes place approximately 1517, when Martin Luther wrote his 95 Theses, which challenged some of the practices within the Catholic Church, significantly rejecting the validity of indulgences. Martin Luther taught justification by faith alone, authority of scripture alone, because of Christ alone, which was in direct conflict of the churches doctrines of indulgences.

"This Righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe." Rom 3:22

The Protestant Reformation that followed resulted in several churches separating from papal authority.

The essential beliefs that emerged through the Protestant Reformation eventually were summarized in what is named the Five Solas or five Latin phrases. These five phrases in English translate to; by Grace alone, by faith alone, by Scripture alone, by Christ alone, and Glory to God Alone. They were intended to show how authorities of the Catholic Church had distorted the message of justification before God and salvation in Jesus Christ.

The Christian Religion does believe that the Bible is the inspired, infallible Word of God.

1 Thessalonians 2:13: "For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe."

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