Christianity is not about church attendance, or being a good person. It’s about God and His plan for humanity. God created the world and it was good, until humanity fell to sin. Sin is more than the bad that we do, it’s a poison that was a result humanity’s rebellion against God. Because God is perfectly holy, our sin separated us from God. That’s why God sent Jesus, to live a perfect life and die on the cross to pay the penalty of our sin. He then defeated death, rose to life and offers the same eternal life to all. Only by the freely given gift of grace, not our good works, can we be saved and have eternal life in Heaven.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16
Who is God?
According to Scripture, God is the “I Am”. He’s hard to define as we would characterise a person, as He exists outside of time, space, and matter while we exist inside it. However, we can get a glimpse of who He is in Scripture; Creator, Beginning & End, Holy, Our Father. He is three persons (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), but one nature (God). We cannot define Him however we want, rather we allow Him to self-define by submitting to what He has written in Scripture.
One important thing to know is that God didn’t just create the universe and walk away. He is intimately involved in His creation. He cares about you. He wants you to have a personal relationship with Him.
Truth: The Word
Jesus is the way, the Truth, & the life. He is the pre-existent source of all truth and we must not separate Him from the words He has given us through Scripture. 1 Timothy states that “all scripture is God breathed” meaning that God wrote through authors in history to communicate His truth. Scripture is God’s self-revelation, it is the only way that we can truly know God and His creation. This is why a Christian lives under the authority of every word of Scripture. We not only seek to understand Scripture, but we also live out the commands as Scripture as we believe they are the very words of the God we follow.
The Bad News: sin condemns us to Hell
Humanity has and continues to rebel against God and His moral law. That is sin. It’s not just making a mistake. We not only do sinful acts and have sinful attitudes, but we are also sinners by nature. Sin has tainted all humanity and the world (no wonder there’s evil in the world). Not only does sin result in pain and destruction, it’s also deeply wrong because it is the direct opposite of all that is good in the character of God. Our Sin causes us to be separate to God, and therefore condemns us to Hell, an eternal place of punishment for Sin. But there’s good news…
The Good News: Christ redeems us for Heaven
God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to take the sins of the world on His shoulders and pay the penalty that our rebellion and sin demands. All sin is forgiven and if we choose to turn away from our sinful ways and follow Christ, we will be in right-standing with God, saved from Hell, and destined for Heaven. Our good works or self-will cannot do away with sin, only through the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ is our sin forgiven and eternal life is received. This is by grace, the free gift of God to save humanity.