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Book of Faiths

Christian - General
Christianity, Christians and Love in Action
by Rev. Orb L. Austin, D.D.

Christianity is one of the most widely practiced faiths in the world today. It is based around the belief of one Supreme Being, Creator and Ruler of the Universe, God. The main guide that Christians base their life around is the Holy Bible which is a collection of books in various forms, such as History, Genealogy, Poetry and diverse forms of Prophetic Visions, Proclamations and Dissertations. These books have been collected over thousands of years by writers of different backgrounds in life. Worldwide, the Christian faith has around 2 - 2-1/2 billion adherents.

    Christianity's largest groups consist of
  1. The Roman Catholic Church
  2. The Eastern Orthodox Church
  3. The Protestant Church.

In addition to these there are several independent churches of Eastern Christianity as well as numerous denominations throughout the United Sates and across the world. To this date there are approximately 300 different Christian denominations and quite a number of these denominations have significant meaning within the Sate or Country it comes from and/or resides in.

The main and most important belief in Christianity is the belief in a Trinitarian God. That being God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God being three beings but one in unity. As well as the belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God born into this world by the Virgin Mary but conceived by the Holy Spirit. Jesus living in full humanity yet free from sin, being in full divinity is another strong belief. The pinnacle to the order to bring the human race back into a right relationship with God. The resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day is paramount to this belief. Another belief is that Jesus Christ ascended into Heaven and now sits at the right had of God interceding for us.

Christians also believe that when one dies, the soul, depending on whether they have committed themselves to Christ or not, will either go to Heaven - a place where God is always present - or to Hell - a place where God's presence is not there. Within Christianity, there is by some denominations a belief of a literal Lake of Fire for those who have not believed. But through all the mainline and independent Christian denominations there is full agreement that God is a God of love and mercy and desires to have us be with Him for all eternity.

Christians believe the Holy Bible is God's Word to be used to help us live a rich and meaningful life here on earth by practicing the principles and commands written within it. Some believe it is the infallible Word of God and others believe that it contains God's word for us. Either way, it is very clear that these Scriptures, especially the New Testament, are rich with commandments and challenges that not only challenge spiritually but also socially and economically. There are different translations of the bible, also. From the elegant and poetic King James Version, to everyday language of the twenty-first century The Message. The diversity of translations is especially ideal from those who are educationally adaptable to those whose background lacks a higher level. There are translations available for all types of people and backgrounds.

Christians are those who follow the Christian faith. They, on the whole, attend Church on Sunday and in some denominations also on Wednesdays for mid-week services. Younger adults and teenagers also are in attendance and active in a youth group of some kind. Christians are also usually heavily involved in charities and/or missions organizations. The belief of a Christian is to show love to others in the same ways as we love ourselves and in the way that Jesus shows his love for us and for others. Christians are of the firm belief that if someone claims to love people and does nothing whatsoever about others needs then they are not acting in the true sense of what love is supposed to do and accomplish in this world. Christians also believe in preaching the Word of God. Be that as a street corner preacher or television evangelist or as a standard member of society amongst family, friends and those around us who are willing to listen.

Prayer is the life's blood to the Christian and without it, just as a loving relationship with our loved ones or spouse without daily and regular communication, sharing, opening up ourselves in vulnerability, in honesty, in integrity will wither away and die, so the same relationship with God will wither away and die. Some Christians have a ritual of how they pray to God, while others pray when the moment arises. Both are still beneficial and necessary for a healthy relationship and spirituality.

It goes without saying that a majority of our holidays in the United States are in relation to Christianity and to Jesus Christ. Easter and Christmas being the two most identifiable. So, obviously for Christians observance of the holidays is extremely important. It is on these days that most, if not all, Christians are attending a church service or mass of some sort according to the denomination of the Christina. Christmas is the observance of Jesus Christ's birth on earth. Good Friday is the observance of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Easter is the observance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christians hold these days very dear to them.

All that has been mentioned is just a small amount, but important part of the Christian faith and some of it's factors. But with two billion adherents to the Christian faith, one must wonder what draws people to it.

Most people are of the belief that the world in which we live in is too orderly for it to be an accident and there has to be a designer behind all of it. A designer that not only fashioned this universe, but us as the human race. So there would and have to be a Supreme Being responsible for that. Christians come to identify that being as God. A God who is full of love of us and seeks to have an intimate friendship with His created beings. A trait that is set within us as humans, the need for communication and relationships. Our separation from God has been restored in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ so now we can regain that relationship. Such an understanding of restoration and renewal of this relationship creates a new energy, a new life inside of us and all we can think about and seek to do is learn and act upon how to maintain and keep fresh, vibrant and alive this relationship. It becomes the primary focus. 'How can I show love to the one I love"' "How can I prove love to the one I love"' These would be questions constant on the love one' heart and mind thus these very same questions would always by on the Christina's heart and mind. The Christina who truly knows and believes he is love, should have no real trouble loving in return. Love is patient, kind, faithful, tolerant, hopeful, selfless, considerate, trustful, protective, and serving. This is the goal and a commandment for the Christian. "Love your neighbor just as you love yourself."

People may become part of the Christian faith through different ways. Some through hearing about the faith from a friend or work colleague who is a Christian and have accepted it, some were brought up in Christian families and always had the Christian principles in the home and have grown up in the environment and made the decision for themselves to live in the faith or Christianity has appealed to people of unfortunate circumstances, i.e. drug and/or alcohol abuse, homelessness, etc., because of a better life that can be lived now and in the future and after death. I, myself, accepted the faith during my high school years because the Christians I encountered in my life were people who had the goal of love. Showing me how love should work in life and in this world and I was drawn to it. I wanted to know I was loved and accepted for who I was, not for who I should be or should have been. I made the personal, on-purpose decision to love God and love others as best as I can so to fulfill the Commandments of Christ. Christianity is important to me and to my life because it is for me a way of life: Love other humans the way I love God and myself. This is the Christian faith, the Christian's faith and my personal faith condensed.

Action is always involved in love and is proof of love. This love and acceptance has lead me into being in ministry full-time, becoming an ordained minister in the Christian Church and studying God's Word deeper to learn better how to love others more and more and alos learn more about how to love myself. Love s a catalyst for change in a person's life and for the better and the best, never for the worst. Faith, hope and love have these things in common and it has been said that the greatest of these is love. Faith points to love and hope points to love. It will be a hard, ever growing yet exciting journey to which there is no turning back and often some of the best, memorable and rewarding excursions have been those when we journey without a map, but trusting the guides we encounter along the way. They will be there to help us and continue to show the way without us having to always depend on ourselves and how we think it needs to be done. So let us go forth and journey in love.

"And now faith, hope and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love."
(1 Corinthians 13:13)

Christianity is one of the most widely practiced faiths in the world today. It is based around the belief of one Supreme Being, Creator and Ruler of the Universe, God. The main guide that Christians base their life around is the Holy Bible which is a collection of books in various forms, such as History, Genealogy, Poetry and diverse forms of Prophetic Visions, Proclamations and Dissertations. These books have been collected over thousands of years by writers of different backgrounds in life. Worldwide, the Christian faith has around 2 - 2-1/2 billion adherents.

    Christianity's largest groups consist of
  1. The Roman Catholic Church
  2. The Eastern Orthodox Church
  3. The Protestant Church.

In addition to these there are several independent churches of Eastern Christianity as well as numerous denominations throughout the United Sates and across the world. To this date there are approximately 300 different Christian denominations and quite a number of these denominations have significant meaning within the Sate or Country it comes from and/or resides in.

The main and most important belief in Christianity is the belief in a Trinitarian God. That being God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God being three beings but one in unity. As well as the belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God born into this world by the Virgin Mary but conceived by the Holy Spirit. Jesus living in full humanity yet free from sin, being in full divinity is another strong belief. The pinnacle to the order to bring the human race back into a right relationship with God. The resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day is paramount to this belief. Another belief is that Jesus Christ ascended into Heaven and now sits at the right had of God interceding for us.

Christians also believe that when one dies, the soul, depending on whether they have committed themselves to Christ or not, will either go to Heaven - a place where God is always present - or to Hell - a place where God's presence is not there. Within Christianity, there is by some denominations a belief of a literal Lake of Fire for those who have not believed. But through all the mainline and independent Christian denominations there is full agreement that God is a God of love and mercy and desires to have us be with Him for all eternity.

Christians believe the Holy Bible is God's Word to be used to help us live a rich and meaningful life here on earth by practicing the principles and commands written within it. Some believe it is the infallible Word of God and others believe that it contains God's word for us. Either way, it is very clear that these Scriptures, especially the New Testament, are rich with commandments and challenges that not only challenge spiritually but also socially and economically. There are different translations of the bible, also. From the elegant and poetic King James Version, to everyday language of the twenty-first century The Message. The diversity of translations is especially ideal from those who are educationally adaptable to those whose background lacks a higher level. There are translations available for all types of people and backgrounds.

Christians are those who follow the Christian faith. They, on the whole, attend Church on Sunday and in some denominations also on Wednesdays for mid-week services. Younger adults and teenagers also are in attendance and active in a youth group of some kind. Christians are also usually heavily involved in charities and/or missions organizations. The belief of a Christian is to show love to others in the same ways as we love ourselves and in the way that Jesus shows his love for us and for others. Christians are of the firm belief that if someone claims to love people and does nothing whatsoever about others needs then they are not acting in the true sense of what love is supposed to do and accomplish in this world. Christians also believe in preaching the Word of God. Be that as a street corner preacher or television evangelist or as a standard member of society amongst family, friends and those around us who are willing to listen.

Prayer is the life's blood to the Christian and without it, just as a loving relationship with our loved ones or spouse without daily and regular communication, sharing, opening up ourselves in vulnerability, in honesty, in integrity will wither away and die, so the same relationship with God will wither away and die. Some Christians have a ritual of how they pray to God, while others pray when the moment arises. Both are still beneficial and necessary for a healthy relationship and spirituality.

It goes without saying that a majority of our holidays in the United States are in relation to Christianity and to Jesus Christ. Easter and Christmas being the two most identifiable. So, obviously for Christians observance of the holidays is extremely important. It is on these days that most, if not all, Christians are attending a church service or mass of some sort according to the denomination of the Christina. Christmas is the observance of Jesus Christ's birth on earth. Good Friday is the observance of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Easter is the observance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christians hold these days very dear to them.

All that has been mentioned is just a small amount, but important part of the Christian faith and some of it's factors. But with two billion adherents to the Christian faith, one must wonder what draws people to it.

Most people are of the belief that the world in which we live in is too orderly for it to be an accident and there has to be a designer behind all of it. A designer that not only fashioned this universe, but us as the human race. So there would and have to be a Supreme Being responsible for that. Christians come to identify that being as God. A God who is full of love of us and seeks to have an intimate friendship with His created beings. A trait that is set within us as humans, the need for communication and relationships. Our separation from God has been restored in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ so now we can regain that relationship. Such an understanding of restoration and renewal of this relationship creates a new energy, a new life inside of us and all we can think about and seek to do is learn and act upon how to maintain and keep fresh, vibrant and alive this relationship. It becomes the primary focus. 'How can I show love to the one I love"' "How can I prove love to the one I love"' These would be questions constant on the love one' heart and mind thus these very same questions would always by on the Christina's heart and mind. The Christina who truly knows and believes he is love, should have no real trouble loving in return. Love is patient, kind, faithful, tolerant, hopeful, selfless, considerate, trustful, protective, and serving. This is the goal and a commandment for the Christian. "Love your neighbor just as you love yourself."

People may become part of the Christian faith through different ways. Some through hearing about the faith from a friend or work colleague who is a Christian and have accepted it, some were brought up in Christian families and always had the Christian principles in the home and have grown up in the environment and made the decision for themselves to live in the faith or Christianity has appealed to people of unfortunate circumstances, i.e. drug and/or alcohol abuse, homelessness, etc., because of a better life that can be lived now and in the future and after death. I, myself, accepted the faith during my high school years because the Christians I encountered in my life were people who had the goal of love. Showing me how love should work in life and in this world and I was drawn to it. I wanted to know I was loved and accepted for who I was, not for who I should be or should have been. I made the personal, on-purpose decision to love God and love others as best as I can so to fulfill the Commandments of Christ. Christianity is important to me and to my life because it is for me a way of life: Love other humans the way I love God and myself. This is the Christian faith, the Christian's faith and my personal faith condensed.

Action is always involved in love and is proof of love. This love and acceptance has lead me into being in ministry full-time, becoming an ordained minister in the Christian Church and studying God's Word deeper to learn better how to love others more and more and alos learn more about how to love myself. Love s a catalyst for change in a person's life and for the better and the best, never for the worst. Faith, hope and love have these things in common and it has been said that the greatest of these is love. Faith points to love and hope points to love. It will be a hard, ever growing yet exciting journey to which there is no turning back and often some of the best, memorable and rewarding excursions have been those when we journey without a map, but trusting the guides we encounter along the way. They will be there to help us and continue to show the way without us having to always depend on ourselves and how we think it needs to be done. So let us go forth and journey in love.

"And now faith, hope and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love."
(1 Corinthians 13:13)


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