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Transcript of Christianity
By Audrey Ting
Religion is very important in our world today. People can be united by religion and use it to guide their life choices, but at the same time, religion can be a cause of war and dispute. Christianity is currently the largest religion in the world with over 2 billion followers. Within Christianity, there are over 35,000 denominations, each with different beliefs. To gain a better understanding of this widespread and influential religion, I interviewed my 24 year old cousin, who has been a Southern Baptist all her life.
The Bible is Christianity's religious text. It consists of a series of books and is split into the Old Testament and the New Testament. Bible passages are cited by book, chapter, and verse. For example, John 3:16 would be referring to the sixteenth verse in the third chapter of the Gospel of John. The Bible's meaning is interpreted in various ways by different denominations of Christianity. In my cousin's opinion, the Bible is about God's desire to love and be loved in return.
The foundation of Christianity is that incomplete, sinful humans can't be with God, as stated in Romans 3:23, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God..." Nevertheless, God gave humans a way to be complete when He sacrificed Jesus, as explained in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." So, a person may be with God if they acknowledge Jesus' power, as said in Romans 10:9, "Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." When a person acknowledges Jesus as Lord (savior), they are deciding that Jesus is in charge of their life. The person is also sacrificing their own wishes and desires to fulfill Jesus' wishes and desires that were stated in the Bible.
In Christianity, there are two places where a person can spend their afterlife: Heaven and Hell. Heaven is considered to be eternal life with God, and Hell is considered to be eternal death without God. Only God has the power to determine who goes where.
the holy trinity
The Holy Trinity is the belief that God is one being as well as three beings. These three beings are Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Father is the part of God that is the creator of mankind. The Father part of God encompasses the belief that humans should be praised and disciplined to make them obedient. Jesus is the form God took when He came to Earth to fulfill the Abrahamic Covenant . The Holy Spirit is the part of God sent down to Earth after Jesus went back to Heaven. The Holy Spirit is the part of God believed to live within Christians today.
the Three most important events in the history of Christianity
1. The Rise and Fall of Man
The Rise and Fall of Man can be found in Genesis 2:8 - 25.
When God created Adam and Eve (the first humans), He told them to not eat fruit from the Tree of Knowledge. However, Satan (in the form of a serpent) tempted Eve into eating the fruit, and did the same to Adam. When God discovered what had happened, He expelled them from the Garden of Eden. The Rise of Man was man's creation, while the Fall of Man was man breaking God's rule and thus sinning.
Some significant cities in Christianity are Jerusalem and Bethlehem. These cities are significant because many historical Biblical events happened in these places. Although these cities are significant, my cousin believes God isn't more powerful in these places because God is everywhere.
customs and Practices
Christmas, celebrated on December 25th, is a celebration of Jesus' birth.
Passover starts on the 15th in the Jewish month of Nisan and lasts for 7 or 8 days. Passover is a remembrance of Jesus' death and resurrection.
Pentecost is held on the seventh Sunday after Easter. Pentecost is a remembrance of God sending mankind the Holy Spirit.
In my cousin's experience, church usually met twice a week: once for Sunday service and once for a Bible study in the middle of the week. Sunday service began with worship through songs, then a sermon was presented by the pastor. Bible study was a small group where members of the church either studied straight from the Bible, or had a topical study that was prepared beforehand.
the three most significant events in a Christian's life
1. Initial Acknowledgment
Initial Acknowledgment is when a person first acknowledges Jesus' sacrifice and commits to live life how God intended.
Baptism is a public announcement of Initial Acknowledgment.
A Christian's life should be a continual growth towards God. Death is the final celebration of a person going to God.
views toward other faiths
views toward Islam
Although Christianity and Islam are both Abrahamic religions, they are still very different. One interesting aspect of Islam is that some Muslims hate Jesus and yet others respect Jesus as a prophet. Mohammad, founder of Islam, revered Jesus as a prophet, but the concept of Jesus being God would be blasphemous in Islam.
views toward judaism
Christians and Jews share many similar beliefs. In fact, Christianity's roots came from Judaism. However, a major difference between Christianity and Judaism is that the Jews are still waiting for a Messiah (savior), while Christians believe that the Messiah has come as Jesus.
views toward Atheists and agnostics
Since atheists and agnostics don't believe in an afterlife with God, they want to enjoy the one life they have right now. However, my cousin didn't understand why atheists and agnostics would have the motivation to do anything selfless because there would be no lasting consequences if there truly is no God. At the same time, life would be harder for an atheist or agnostic if they're always selfish and never selfless. My cousin also wondered where atheists and agnostics place their faith. Since Christians believe that God will always deliver, they feel secure in placing their faith in Him, but atheists and agnostics wouldn't be able to do that.
are all non-christians wrong in their beliefs?
The majority of Christians would say that all non-Christians are wrong in their beliefs.
Christians believe that God deserves to be worshiped because He truly loves humans, as shown through His sacrifice of Jesus in the Abrahamic Covenant. If non-Christians have other beliefs or mistaken perceptions of Christianity, then God can choose to redeem them according to their actions. However, if non-Christians knew the story of Christianity and rejected it as truth, then they are held accountable for their knowledge and are wrong.
2. God's Covenant with Abraham
God's Covenant with Abraham can be found in Genesis 12:1 - 3 and Genesis 15:18 -21.
God and Abraham made a covenant (agreement) which stated that God would give Abraham many descendants, land, and blessings as long as Abraham and his descendants were always faithful to God. The Abrahamic Covenant stated that either party would die if they didn't uphold their end of the agreement. Since God loved man, he took Abraham's place in the covenant. It was impossible for Abraham and his descendants to always be faithful to God because every man after Adam was full of sin (unfaithfulness to God). So, God was obligated to kill God, since God took Abraham's place in the covenant. Hence, He sacrificed himself as Jesus to pay for man's sins.
3. The Life of Jesus
The Life of Jesus can be found in the New Testament.
Jesus' sermons were and are revolutionary because He promoted undervalued things in his time, such as caring for women, the weak, and the disabled.
From my cousin's point of view, these are the three most important holidays in Christianity.
From my cousin's point of view, these are the three most significant events in a Christian's life.
Christians will have different views toward other faiths because of different denominations, but the main themes will remain the same. The following opinions are my cousin's views.
In a 2011 survey, 78% of U.S. adults identified with Christianity. Christianity may have given these people a community, values, or hope. Whatever a person's reason for following a religion, understanding their religion can help you understand them better. This is why it is important to understand religions and culture from all over the world. Thank you for your attention.
In my cousin's perspective, the following events are the three most important events in the history of Christianity.
The following description is the philosophy of Christianity as my cousin understands it.