What is Christianity? (A Review for Believers in Light of Culture)

At the Cross

By Aaron Mitchell

Words lose there meaning over a period of time. It is important to go back and revisit the meaning of words every so often. If you do not function from clear definitions, you can’t have a clear direction.

Christianity is the history of God’s Covenant with His people. It is a story God is writing and He invites us to participate in this most amazing epic tale. God first made a covenant with the Nation of Israel. He used Moses to establish the law and the sacrificial system. The purpose of the law and sacrificial system was to teach man we are in need of redemption and sin is serious. We then learn from the Old Testament Prophets that we are all in need of a coming Redeemer.

John the Baptist is the final Old Testament Prophet because He prepared the way for Jesus the Christ. Jesus was born and was tempted in every way we are tempted. He lived a life just like ours, where He had to learn. When He was a baby, He had to cry to get food. He had a complete human experience. Yet, He remained God! He lived a sinless, perfect life. He died a perfect death and was resurrected on the third day. He completely atoned for our sins.

Christianity is the invitation to participate in this covenant. I can’t do anything but respond to Jesus by faith. A Christian is saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2). Jesus gave us The Great Commission in Matthew 28. He empowered the Apostles in Acts 2. Since then, the Kingdom of God has grown like a mustard seed. It started very small, but has grown to be a mighty tree just like Jesus promised. It will grow to reach people of all nations, tribes and tongues.

Throughout church history, church fathers, theologians and pastors have continued to build upon the foundation that first began in the Old Testament. Scripture is complete. It was written over a period of thousands of years. It was written in different parts of the world, during different times, but all point to one message. Nothing is to be added, but Christians have sought a deeper understanding in every generation.

This foundation is what separates us from Jehovah’s Witnesses or Mormons who ask you to throw out church history because recent discoveries prove to be more valid in their eyes.

Simply put, Christianity is a history of God’s Covenant with His people. I bring this up because we live in a day when certain aspects of Christianity are challenged. Many people have decided because they feel a certain way that they can declare something Christian that is not. There have been times in history (like the Protestant Reformation) where people fearfully, prayerfully and with much study redefined and reinterpreted scripture. But at that this stage in history, to take an issue like sexuality and decide Christianity has gotten it wrong all this time, is a very serious thing to do. In love, I want you to consider that if you are doing this, you have to be sure. You have to weigh the words of theologians for the past 2000 years. You have to carefully weigh scripture and how millions of people have interacted with these sacred texts. Christianity is not just what a passage means to you. You are one person living out your faith in your corner of the world, during your spec of history. To redefine something of this magnitude requires a level of sureness equal to that of Martin Luther during the time of The Protestant Reformation. So Christian taking this new position, are you sure? To love someone is to tell them the truth. That is the love that wins, because the truth sets people free. Thanks for reading.

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