Slides in this set
Christianity is a monotheistic religion and belongs to
the family of religions often referred to as the
It differs from both Judaism and Islam in the manner
in which the nature of God has been revealed to
The mediator of revelation in Christianity however, is
Jesus Christ who, as Son of God, is one with God the
Father and reveals the truth God accordingly.…read more
The Bible is the single most important source of
authority in the Christian tradition.
Accepted by most Christian scholars to reflect
`salvation history' the Bible is an account of the
history of Israel and the early church in its
exploration of their relationship with God.
Through defining acts in the history of Israel and
through events and people in this history, the
nature of God and the manner in which God
interacts with the people of faith is explored
through revealed writing.…read more
The Bible tells a story for Christians that discloses the true nature of God and
accordingly Jesus Christ, alongside the way in which God's creation should
behave in the world.
Beginning with a creation story in the Book of Genesis that reflects the
inception of a relationship between humans and God, yet culminating in
the heavenly vision of the Revelation of St John in the New Testament,
that is available for those who have gained reward through participation
in the values of the Kingdom.
For Christians, the revelations given through Jesus Christ as God incarnate,
means that his teachings are the absolute authority.
It is considered by many that the limitations inherent in Jesus' human nature
must be taken into account, but these teachings have special authority.
The Church, guided by the Holy Spirit, has passed on these teachings through
tradition, and interpreted them accordingly so that authority also lies in
For Roman Catholics, such authority of the Church lies with the Pope.
For Protestants, preferable authority lies with the Bible guided by individual
conscience, directed through the offices of church leaders such as
bishops, priests and ministers.…read more
Individual & Social Responsibility
Christians have always seen their social responsibilities as part of
The Christian Social Movement of the 19th century founded by FD
Maurice gave its support to improving the appalling conditions of
working men of Victorian England.
In the 21st century, there are still many unresolved problems, and
Christians continue to find ways to play a central role in this.
Jesus was concerned for the poor, sick and outcastes of society and
St Paul, Jesus' theological interpreter, gives many instructions
about how to respond to those in need.
In modern times, many Christians ranging from William Wilberforce
(1759-1833 slavery), Elizabeth Fry (1780-1845 penal reform),
William Booth (1829-1912 alcoholism & poverty), Albert
Schweitzer (1875-1965 under-developed nations) through to
Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968 civil rights), Fr. David Randall
(1947-1996 HIV/Aids) and Archbishop Desmond Tutu (1931-
apartheid activist) have felt inspired to respond to the Christian
message of applying unconditional love to all humans.…read more
Explain how the Bible shows God as
The Bible has many different ways of showing God
as the creator of the universe. Many people use
the Bible to reflect on what God did for them, so
that they are able to live as they do now. The
Judaeo-Christian belief is that everything has been
created; therefore there must have been a
creator. They believe that this creator is God.
Before there was anything there was God. God is
self existent and eternal, He never began and He
will never end. God is the creator so therefore has
never been created.…read more