What Christians Believe-Introduction

If you ask 100 random people today what it means to be a Christian, you’re likely to get 100 very different answers. Although many Christian denominations have slight differences in what they believe, there is a certain set of beliefs that go back to and are based upon the Bible. The problem we have today is that so many who call themselves Christians are believing in a set of beliefs that are at best exaggerations and, at worst, are beliefs from religions outside of Christianity. Many other religions have beliefs about Jesus. However, there are fundamental and irreconcilable differences between their beliefs and true Christian beliefs.

My main reason for writing this series of articles is for the Christian who was truly saved, but yet does not have full knowledge about what we believe. My hope is that they will be able to learn the truth so that they will not be deceived and that they will be able to defend the truth of the Bible.

My secondary reason is for those who have mixed Christianity with other religions either intentionally or unintentionally. My hope is that they come to know who Christ really is and believe in Him as He really is according to the Bible.

I also want to state at the beginning that the basic Christian teachings come from what we read and understand from the 66 books of the Bible. Therefore, I will be showing passages from the Bible that show the basic teachings of Christ.

Because of time, there are some things that will not be covered in this series. If there are enough comments requesting it, there could be other articles later. I have chosen not to cover why I believe the Bible is the Word of God. Hundreds of articles could be written on that subject.  I believe that the Bible (the 66 books) is the inerrant and infallible Word of God. Some groups state that the teachings of the leaders of a particular church are on equal authority with the Bible. I do not believe this. Historic Christianity receives all teachings from the Old Testament, Jesus Himself, and His Apostles. These are contained in the Bible.

I want to explain some terms that I will use in these articles.

  1. Doctrines-Teachings and beliefs. Christian doctrines are those that line up with original Christian teachings
  2. Orthodox-Teachings that are according to Christian doctrines (Don’t confuse this with Orthodox denominations like Greek Orthodox)
  3. Heresy/Heretical/Heterodox-Teachings that are outside or against Christian teachings