Christianity

What do Christians believe?

All Christians believe that God lived a human life in Jesus 2,000 years ago.

Jesus was a labourer and an amazing religious teacher. Thousands of people were inspired by his teachings about God and the life God wants everyone to live.

Jesus taught that we should love one another. He taught that every human being should be treated with respect and dignity. This is why anti-poverty campaigning and helping the poor are such important Christian values today.

The teachings of Jesus were remembered by his followers and later written down in the Gospels. The Gospels are the part of the Bible that tells us about Jesus’s life.

Jesus lived in politically complicated times. His country was occupied by the Roman Empire. The religious authorities were worried about Jesus’s influence and saw it as a threat to their power.

Jesus was arrested and executed on the cross. On the third day he rose again and continued to teach his followers about God’s love for humankind. Then after some weeks, Jesus returned to heaven.

At the festival of Pentecost Jesus’s followers saw an amazing thing happen. God poured the Holy Spirit into the world. The Holy Spirit is still with us today. The Holy Spirit moves through the world, carrying out God’s will and bringing comfort to those who suffer.

Christians believe that there is one God and that God is the Father, the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit.

Christians use many different names when talking about God. The names used include God, the Father, the Almighty, the Creator, the Son, Jesus, Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Ghost.

In the 20th and 21st centuries Christians found new ways to talk about God. Some refer to God as “the Mother” and “the Father” because God is neither male nor female.

The author of the Narnia books, C.S. Lewis, created a lion character called Aslan. In the Narnia world Aslan is to the other characters what Jesus is to us. C.S. Lewis uses Aslan and Aslan’s relationships to help readers to think about their relationship with God.

 

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