What is Christianity?
The Christian faith has come to mean different things to different people, even more so in recent times, as a postmodern worldview has taken hold of our culture. Many people have fallen prey to what's commonly referred to as "the prosperity gospel" or "what's in it for me if I go to church" thought process? Sadly, the Bible refers to this very thing in 2 Timothy 4:3-4 which reads as follows:
"3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables."
This is also why there are so many "false converts", people who say they're Christians, but they come to church for the wrong reasons, such as stated above. It's also why there are so many individuals who "backslide" out of the church and away from the faith. Once again, this is because they committed for all the wrong reasons. Once something bad happens in their lives or they don't receive the "prosperity" that they were promised, after a certain amount of time has passed, they stop attending and leave church with a false belief that Christianity is a waste of time.
That being said, for those of us that DO endure sound doctrine, the Bible actually teaches us that being a Christian IS worthwhile and that believing in and obeying Jesus Christ is the only way to eternal life.
While the beliefs of Christianity have been redefined by worldly people (see above), the Biblical Christian has confidence in knowing these beliefs are a set of facts given to us in the Bible. Christianity is a “faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). What are the key elements of the Christian faith, that all who belong to the Christian church believe?
What is the definition of true Christianity?
• Jesus is God. Jesus of Nazareth was born, performed miracles, and died on a cross. Most people get that part of the story, but, like the people of Jesus’ day, they don’t see that Jesus is more than just a man, Jesus is God in the flesh. Speaking of Jesus, the Apostle Paul wrote: “He is the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15). John wrote that Jesus, the living Word of God, “became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). Jesus was a sinless person (Hebrews 4:15) because He is the holy and perfect God.
• Jesus paid for our sins on the cross. As the sinless God-Man, Jesus was uniquely qualified to solve humanity’s greatest problem: sin. Ever since Adam and Eve rejected God’s truth and believed the devil’s lies in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:1-24), humanity has been on a downward death spiral of cruelty and wickedness. Our sinful condition is not something we can get rid of because it is spiritual death (Ephesians 2:1). The perfect man Jesus became your substitute on the cross so that his righteousness would become yours, as you trust in Him. For our sake, God put the debt of sin on Jesus, “who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
• The resurrected Jesus will return and restore all things. Although Jesus died on a cross, He didn’t stay dead. He rose from the dead to prove He had complete power over sin and death. That resurrection holds a promise for the church: as Jesus resurrected from death, so will the Christian be resurrected. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
These facts are the core elements of “the faith once for all delivered to the saints.” They are delivered to us in the Bible, the Word of God. Open your Bible today and discover more about what God has said and done.