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those who were suffering and sinning salvation and hope for an eternal, blessed life. Jesus waspersecuted for blasphemy and eventually was crucified for his claims of being the prophesizedMessiah. Redemption of man occurs because of atonement through Christ (Lecture 4, 2017).Christ conquered death and the resurrection took place three days after his death, solidifying hiswords and proving he was the Messiah. All of Jesus’ work, life, and death are the foundation ofall belief in Christianity. It is only through Jesus, our shepherd, that we can reach the kingdom ofGod and finally be redeemed of our sins. According to Jesus Christ this transformation of manwill occur with faith and lead to redemption. “Then the righteous will shine forth as the suninthe kingdom of their Father” (Matthew 13:43, NKJV). “Jesus the Savior, glorified and immortal,now shines as the sun at full strength” (Revelation 1:16, NKJV). If we are willing to repent andbelieve, as He commands, He extends to us the opportunity to be glorified as He is (1 John 3:2,NKJV). His life and teachings, when followed accomplish this purpose. RestorationAfter the fall of man in the Garden of Eden and the understanding that all human problems are caused by our enslavement to sin, God sent a savior to restore humanity to his original design. The Messiah was the solution for all of human problems. Through God’s grace there is hope for salvation. God is your Father in Heaven. He has a personal relationship with man and loves incomprehensibly. He desires nothing but happiness and good for us all. The gospel is a God written plan or roadmap to restoration; which is discussed by Paul in Act 3 of the4
Bible. God never intended for the fall of man and his ultimate goal is to restore things to His original intent. Justification through faith is the fundamental path to salvation with in the Christian worldview. Faith is vital as one is required to believe and trust in someone that is not visible. Those who have faith move from a dependence on one’s self to a dependence on God. This selflessness through faith is necessary to spread the message of the Lord and to truly love. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the giftof God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9, NKJV). Restoration is possible through faith and the grace of God which salvation is the gift, He gives us freely. The transformation of self and society happen through Christ and individually within the kingdom of God that reigns in the heart. Restoration will only occur when the corrupt, sinful world comes to an end and is fully restored to God’s original plan.AnalysisThere exist many benefits and strengths, at times confusing, of the Christian belief system which serves to positively influence a person’s thinking and behavior. Christianity is the only faith that proclaims Jesus as the Messiah. It is also the only belief system which offers salvation (Lecture 5, 2017).Christianity offers hope to those who suffer to have a glorified, eternal life in the kingdom of God. This special, unique relationship with God through Christ