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one’s self requires having an intimate relationship with God, to exercise faith and obedience in God, to desire change in ourselves, and requires the commitment to want to change for the better.Jesus Christ and God cannot force us to change, we must want the change for ourselves. This change does not happen over one night, it is a gradual process that takes time to build a personal relationship with God. Furthermore, even with a change in society it is slow process as well.AnalysisThere are many beliefs that Christians have; for example, salvation, forgiveness, and a community are to name a few. Christianity is a religion that assures people to follow God that there is a life after death or to have salvation from God. As it states in John 11:25, “I am the Resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die” (All About Spirituality, n.d.). In addition, Christians believe in a strong community because this allows them to come together, grow, and become strong. These strong communities help spread the word of God and provide the people with a safe place to know more about God and to grow religiously and spiritually. The strongest belief in the Christian belief is that of continuous forgiveness. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sinsof the world, so that human beings would be able to have forgiveness forever. This belief of
5Benchmark – Gospel Essentialsforgiveness is the strongest factor in the Christian faith because all people will be able to undergoGod’s love no matter what situation they are in. The Bible can be confusing in many ways; for example, there are many versions of the Bible. Some example would include such versions as theNew King James version, American Standard version, Orthodox Jewish Bible, Hebrew, among many other versions and translations of the Bible in many languages. By accepting and embracing Christianity a person can totally change the way they think and what they do as an individual. In addition, Christianity also allows a person to have a spiritual mindset instead of someone who has a mindset in which is directed to earthly things. This means that a person driven with a purpose in their lives. Furthermore, the person understands that compassion and loving other people and those who are less fortunate. ReflectionI am a Christian, I was baptized a couple of years ago, believe that Jesus Christ is my savior and that he died for my sins on the cross. I try to live by the teachings of God of trying to be courteous and kind to other especially when they are unkind to me. Sometimes it is very hard to live out my Christian worldview beliefs because of circumstances that have happened to me inthe past and are now happening to me in the present. In addition, during the Christmas holiday I find myself more in tune to celebrate Jesus’ birth rather than focusing on gifts. I feel that the