Wednesday, October 6, 2010

What is the central teaching of the Christian Religion? -- What distinguishes it from all others?

The Triune (true) God of the Universe connected
with His creation. He became one of them in the
holy person of Jesus Christ. He came as an infant,
lived as a man; died as the prophesied Lamb of
God sacrificed servant, bearing with Him the sins
of the whole world.  He then rose from the dead,
and will come to judge both the living and the dead.
God (because of His love) has not abandoned sinners

The Triune God provided for the sinner right standing before Almighty God, strictly on the basis of the merits of the holy life, suffering and death of His sacrificial Son, Jesus Christ, who was born into human flesh to fulfill all holiness ("righteousness") – a divine requirement which humans could, (and can) never attain because of inherited and practiced, sin.

Another way of understanding the (above) aforementioned, is that the holy Creator Jesus Christ, provided an escape from the present and eternal consequences of sin, which end up damning the sinner in a forever, hell. So is the teaching of Scripture, as holy Creator God cannot allow sin in his presence and sin to inhabit his holy heaven. Hence, God sent His only begotten Son to be sacrificed for human sin. That sacrifice effected a Divine pardon for sinners.

Just because Christ died
for all sins, does not mean
that all people become God's
children, anymore than a
cookie jar contains, cookies.
The pardon for human sin had been granted when Christ was crucified. [Galatians 4:4;5] But, that does not make all sinners recipients of that gracious (redemptive) pardon, no more than a cookie jar contains, cookies. Sinners must come by faith, in order to receive Christ and His sacrifice on their behalf, in order to become God's dear children.

The historical revelation record of the Hebrew Scriptures, illustrates how God chose a people (nation) to convey His Message of the Messiah, Christ. [Isaiah 53:1-12] Prophecy, and other Scriptures, throughout, pointed to the promised Christ, who was to replace the practice of performing animal sacrifice before the Triune God. Christ’s arrival on the human scene began a new era. He (was) and became the perfect sacrifice for all human sin – past, present and future. Because of His perfect life and sacrificial work, sinners can be granted peace with God, when those sinners accept the sacrifice of His Son, in just payment for (their) human sin against God and his holy Commandments. Thus, (then) the wrath of God is assuaged and eternal death's sentence is lifted as the sinner’s, (certain) just and forever, sentence. [Hell]

Faith is the necessary spiritual
quality to connect with God.
Hebrews 11:6 ;  John 3:18-19
When a sinner accepts by faith, the divine sacrifice of Christ, (John 3:14-21] for his sin, that sinner is afforded the right to be called, a child of God. [John 1:10-13] However, just because Christ died for all sin – past, present and future – that, in itself, does not translate into all people becoming His children, as the Scripture states that not all have faith. [2 Thessalonians 3:2] It is by “faith” that people become His children. [Galatians 3:21-27] The presence of a cookie jar does not necessarily portend cookies in that jar. Neither because Christ died for all sin, portend that all people will be “saved” [become His children] and come to the knowledge of the truth. That’s where the necessary element of “faith” enters in. A person must be born [from above].

In Short:

A person, (human soul) is rescued from the present and eternal consequences of sin, only through God’s undeserved mercy and kindness (grace) because of the life, sufferings, death and resurrection of Christ – through faith. The New Testament Scripture of Ephesians 2:1-10 is a summary, of what “this” is, and how this “exchange” takes place.


Also: Please note:

Another explanation -- “Justification by Faith:”

Justification by grace, for Christ’s sake, through faith, is the living heart of Christianity, the central teaching which distinguishes the Christian religion from all false religions, and the one source of solid comfort for us sinners.

Only Christianity has a doctrine called the forgiveness of sins. Listen to an expert on this matter.

Max Mueller, for 40 years professor of Sanskrit at Oxford, devoted nearly a lifetime to the study of the so-called sacred books of the East: the Vedas of the Brahmans, the Puranas of Siva and Vishnu, the Koran of the Mohammedans, the Zend-Avesta of the Parsees, the Tripitika of the Buddhists. And what did he find to be their one keynote? There is, he wrote, “one refrain through all: salvation by works. They all say that salvation must be purchased, must be bought with a price, and that the sole price, the sole purchase money, must be our own works and deservings.”

In all these books not a word, not a whisper, about a God who forgives sins! Sin must be atoned for, must be worked off, by man’s own efforts.

And then Max Mueller goes on to say: “Our own Holy Bible, our Sacred Book of the East, is from beginning to end a protest against this doctrine … Let us not shut our eyes to what is excellent and true and of good report in the other sacred books, but let us teach Hindus, Buddhists, Mohammedans, that there is only one Sacred Book of the East that can be their mainstay in that awful hour when they pass all alone into the unseen world. It is that sacred Book which contains that faithful saying, worthy to be received of all men, women, and children, and not merely of us Christians, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”

[Above, "Justification by Faith," taken from: “That I May Know Him” – "A Book of Instruction in the Christian Faith" – Page 67 -- by Oswald Riess, Detroit, MI – 1970 / Reprint, 2005]


"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 

Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. 

Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. 

Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law." Romans 3:23-28 - KJV

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