Bible Questions

Bible Questions

What is Christianity?

It is the only way to know God as He intends, and to live for Him.

There is but one God.

There have been, and are, many so-called 'gods', but they are false (1 Corinthians 8:4-6).

There is one God (Ephesians 4:6).

Although God is revealed to us as a Trinity, He is one Lord - the only Lord (Deuteronomy 6:4).

He is the Creator (Genesis 1).

He alone is supreme and sovereign: everything comes from Him, exists by His power and has His glory as its object (Romans 11:36; Revelation 19:6).

He is the Judge of everyone's secret life (Genesis 18:25; Romans 2:16).

Knowing God means freedom and confidence to enter God's presence.

Men and women are not in a right relationship with God.

When first created, Adam and Eve were in a right relationship with God. They possessed true knowledge, righteousness and holiness, for God made everything excellent and perfect (Genesis 1:27, Genesis 1:31; Ecclesiastes 7:29).

In such circumstances, they enjoyed fellowship with God (Genesis 3:8).

This right relationship was exchanged for a wrong relationship through Adam and Eve's disobedience, what we call the fall (Genesis 3).

Sin came into the world through Adam, and death through sin (Romans 5:12); all human beings share in sin (Romans 3:23).

Human sin constitutes a barrier to men and women's fellowship with God since He is holy and righteous (Isaiah 59:2; 1 John 1:5).

Separated from God by their evil behaviour, men and women are far away from the life of God (Ephesians 4:18; Colossians 1:21).

In such a position they are incapable of knowing God and of living righteously (Psalms 14:1-3; Isaiah 64:6; Romans 7:18).

Christianity proclaims what God has done through Jesus Christ to make possible men and women's reconciliation to God.

God takes no pleasure in the death of sinners (Ezekiel 18:32; Ezekiel 33:11; 2 Peter 3:9).

He loves the world (John 3:16).

He sent His Son into the world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). This purpose involved His bearing the sin of sinners, and experiencing the death due to them (1 Peter 2:24; Isaiah 53:5,6).

Through Jesus Christ God has made possible reconciliation, and men and women may be urged to be reconciled to Him through His Son's reconciling work (2 Corinthians 5:18-21).

On repentance and faith in the good news of Jesus Christ, men and women may enter into the benefits of this reconciliation (Mark 1:15; Acts 17:30; Romans 5:1-5).

Having been reconciled to God, men and women may know God.

God then gives to reconciled men and women such an understanding of our Lord Jesus Christ that they realise that to know Him is to know God (2 Corinthians 4:6).

He came to show us the Father (John 14:8-9).

He carefully gave God's words to men and women (John 14:24). (d) Jesus Christ is uniquely the way for us to God (John 14:6).

When we are reconciled to God, the Spirit of Christ is sent into our hearts that we may know God (John 14:16-17; Romans 8:15-16; Ephesians 1:17).

This experience of knowing God was promised in the new covenant that God made known through the Old Testament prophets (Jeremiah 31:34).

Knowing God means:

Having been reconciled to God, men and women may live for God.

They feel a constant urge to do so (Romans 12:1; 2 Corinthians 5:15).

They possess a new dynamic that encourages them in this right and beneficial direction (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galations 2:19-20; Philippians 2:13).

The Holy Spirit, who now dwells within them, makes possible a new and better way of life (Romans 8:9; Galations 5:22-24).

Living for God means:

Negatively, not to go on sinning (Romans 6:11, Romans 6:13).

But positively, to give our life to God (Romans 6:11, Romans 6:13).

To make it our ambition to please Him (2 Corinthians 5:9).

To live a life of simple and straightforward obedience to God's commandments (1 John 2:4-5).

To strive more and more after holiness (1 Thessalonians 4:1-4).

To Jesus Christ alone can we turn for the true knowledge of God and eternal life

Men and women who know God and live for Him find themselves restored, in some measure, to the original condition of men and women before the fall.

Before the fall, men and women knew God and were righteous (Genesis 1:27; Genesis 2:15-17; Genesis 3:8-9).

When we are 'in Christ' there is a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).

We are then brought to a true knowledge of God (Colossians 3:10).

Righteousness and holiness become the pattern of our life (Ephesians 4:24).

Knowing God and living for Him are possible for us through Jesus Christ alone.

The key statement is John 14:6: 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No-one comes to the Father except through me.' Although there may be many ways to Christ, there is but one way to the Father.

Truth about God may be gained by observing around us the natural world, providence and history. However, all such knowledge is incomplete and insufficient (Romans 1:19-20), since it falls short of a personal and intimate knowledge of God.

Life lived by men and women without Christ is not pleasing to God (John 15:5; Ephesians 2:3, Ephesians 2:12).

Only through Jesus Christ is the right relationship with God possible that we so desperately need (Acts 4:12).

To Jesus Christ alone can we turn for the true knowledge of God and eternal life (Matthew 11:27; John 6:68; John 17:3).

It is easy to appreciate why true Christianity is so vigorous and active.

Without saving faith in Jesus Christ, men and women are dead towards God, without hope and without God in the world, lost and condemned (Ephesians 2:1, Ephesians 2:12; John 3:18).

Christianity is unique (John 14:6). The Incarnation, the perfect life of Jesus Christ, the 'once-for-all' character of His death as a sacrifice for sins, His Resurrection, His Ascension, and His promised return are all unique facts. They are unique not only in history but also in their continuing consequences (Acts 2:39). Nowhere are higher conceptions of God to be found. No one is a more sufficient Saviour than Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12; Hebrews 7:25).

While Christians should not be intolerant of followers of other religions, they cannot accept that these religions are in any way approved by God or are properly satisfying to the human soul (1 Thessalonians 1:9; 1 John 4:1-3).

By reason of men and women's serious need and the compelling love of God Christianity must be vigorous and active (Matthew 9:36-38; Mark 16:15-16): truth opposes error; holiness cannot compromise with sin; God's love in the hearts of reconciled men and women compels them to proclaim the Christian gospel (2 Corinthians 5:14, 2 Corinthians 5:20).

Christianity is worth dying for (Acts 20:24; 2 Timothy 1:8-12).