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Alexandra HerrickCWV-101November 3rd, 2019Josh MattesonBenchmark - Gospel EssentialsAcross the world, there are thousands of religions, with Christianity leading as one of the largest. Without every aspect working cohesively and in complete verity, there would be no purpose to believe in Christianity and all that it encompasses. There is too much complexity and profound thought that if even one teaching, word, or action did not align with who God says he isand his Truth, the religion would be dead. In the New Testament, the Bible proclaims the gospel–the good news of Jesus Christ and the redemption that his sacrifice signifies. Christianity is basedupon the timeless, basic morals and ethics that come from God in attempt to restore and redeem humanity from its broken state. God is an omnipotent (all powerful), omniscient (all knowing), omnibenevolent (all good), and omnipresent (all knowing), being in three distinct persons as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God’s characteristics are unique because he is the only one who is perfect and possess every righteous-natured quality. His characteristics are outlined throughout the Bible through his actions and words. 1 John 4 describes God as love and humanity knows God’s love because of the Holy Spirit living within each person and Jesus as the atonement for sin. There are two distinguishable, if inseparable, and successive aspects of love in God's heart: 1) unconditionally living for the sake of creatures to warmly encourage and help them to reach unity so the realization of the values of beauty and goodness in them; 2) loving them in the1
sense of appreciating and enjoying the values they realize in them in response to God's encouraging help. (Shimmyo, 2015, pg. 29)Anytime true love is mentioned in the Bible, it is describing God and what it means to live like him, for him. However, humanity fell and broke away from perfect unity with God (Genesis 3) and now struggles to love God, each other, and itself. Jesus is the one and only Son of God who stepped down from eternal glory in Heaven to become the mediator between humanity and God in the humble form of a man. His arrival and work were prophesied hundreds of years before his birth. Jesus for three years proclaimed the