RestorationThe Christian worldview states that the solution to the problems of man lies in salvation through Jesus Christ (John 3:17). We are saved by grace through faith, not by works (Ephesians 2:8-9). Christianity proclaims that not only is Jesus the one and only way to Salvation, but it is only faith that offers Salvation. We must surrender our lives and sins to God with humility, and have faith in Jesus, the Word of God. As Christians, we believe that the transformation of self and society can only happen by abiding by the Word of God, and having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The more a person draws near to Christ, the greater their motivation is to obey His word and make choices which are pleasing to Him. This desire is then spread throughout society as Christians proceed as living examples to others around them, reminiscent of when Paul and Silas worshipped God in the prison (Acts 16: 16-40).3
AnalysisThe strengths of Christian beliefs centers around the idea that human life is precious and we as humans have souls and can live for eternity in heaven in a peaceful place if we accept Gods kindness and mercy by following His commandments. The confusion about Christianity is when influential speakers like Sam Harris, well known philosopher and neuroscientist present statistical evidence in a national platform that tabulates 1,000s of children’s deaths daily in floods, fires or natural disasters along with their parents but because they do not share the specifics of Christianity that we do in the Western Hemisphere, they are doomed to burn in hell for all eternity (S. Harris, 2014) . To further confuse the issue, people feel they must live a “perfect” life and since we are all subject to the human condition, flawed and imperfect, they give up Christianity. Christianity influences a person’s thinking and behavior in that it creates a type of “moral compass” to help the person navigate through the many challenges life presents each day. It helps people stay grounded with a more balanced sense of what is right and wrong. It allows the person to have a clearer reference point of when to implement patience and compassion. It gives a person a type of restraint to help them think quickly but react to life’s challenges with caution and a humanitarian consciousness to better mitigate and deescalate
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- Spring '16
- Eric hernando
- Christianity, Adam, Trinity, God in Christianity