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Beliefs

If you could ask God one question, what would you ask? There are probably more answers to this than stars in the sky. Why did you make us? Is there life after death? Why don’t you stop all the suffering? Why didn’t you program everybody to believe in you? We are all different and have different things we would like to know.

Different religions explore many of these universal questions – the big questions that millions of people have asked over thousands of years – and reach their own answers. These answers are called beliefs. Some may be very similar – for example, Judaism, Islam and Christianity share a common ancestry and therefore all believe in one good and loving God who created the world and everything in it. However, other beliefs are unique to particular religions. Although both Christianity and Islam both feature the person of Jesus Christ (or Isa), Christians believe he was much more than a prophet – he was God himself, and only Christianity claims that eternal life is found through Jesus.

In this section you can explore some of the most important beliefs in Christianity: beliefs about human nature and freewill; sin and redemption (which, in other words, means what’s wrong with the world and how it is made better); and the person and role of Jesus Christ, among many others. You can also explore the way Christians answer universal questions about the nature of God, the meaning of life, and what happens when you die.

So what are your questions? What do you believe?

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Beliefs Articles

The Messiah

What do Christians believe about this important figure?

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The Messiah

What do Christians believe about this important figure?

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What does ‘Messiah’ mean? You may have heard the term ‘messiah’ in popular culture. The 18th century composer Handel wrote a choral work called The Messiah, featuring the famous ‘Hallelujah’ chorus. People often use the term ‘messiah complex’ to describe someone who acts like they […]

The Atonement

An introduction

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The Atonement

An introduction

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The Atonement – what is it? The Atonement is one of the biggest concepts in Christianity. It provides the answer to the question, why did Jesus die? A helpful way of thinking of the atonement is found in the word itself. Christians believe that humankind […]

The Village

A modern parable

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The Village

A modern parable

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There once lived a rich man with a heart of gold. He had seen how more and more people were struggling to afford a home, and his heart broke to see the terrible problems this was causing them. But one bright morning it occurred to him that […]

Christianity Basically: Church

What exactly is meant by Church?

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Christianity Basically: Church

What exactly is meant by Church?

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What would be your answer to the question: ‘What is Church?’ Would you instantly think about a church building – maybe with a cross on it and stained glass windows around it? For many of us this is what we would automatically think about. Would […]

Encountering God – One Christian’s experience

Does God interact with people today?

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Encountering God – One Christian’s experience

Does God interact with people today?

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The Bible describes how Jesus spent lots of time healing people. The Book of Acts describes how the first disciples and church leaders did the same. Many Christians believe that God wants them to pray for people to be healed today. Aliss Cresswell is an […]

Christianity Basically: the Resurrection

What is so important about the resurrection?

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Christianity Basically: the Resurrection

What is so important about the resurrection?

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The resurrection is central to Christianity – St. Paul, in his letter to the church in Corinth, even wrote: And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false […]

Prayer – the answer we are not looking for.

What happens when our prayers seem to go unanswered?

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Prayer – the answer we are not looking for.

What happens when our prayers seem to go unanswered?

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One reason that Christians pray is because they believe it can change things. They believe that, just as in the Bible, miracles happen when a person prays. But what happens when a prayer seems to go unanswered and instead of getting better the person actually […]

Christianity Basically: Sin

What is meant by sin and what are the consequences of sin?

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Christianity Basically: Sin

What is meant by sin and what are the consequences of sin?

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What is a Christian view of sin? And what is meant by the ‘fall’? What is free will? Do we as humans have a choice – to sin or not to sin? What are the consequences of sin for ourselves and others? Watch this film […]

Christianity Basically: Prayer

Why do Christians believe prayer is so important?

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Christianity Basically: Prayer

Why do Christians believe prayer is so important?

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We live in an age of instant communication but when was the last time you had a meaningful face to face conversation with a friend? At the heart of any relationship is good communication and that is the same for Christianity. In this film the […]

A sign of God’s generosity?

Do miracles really happen? And does God provide?

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A sign of God’s generosity?

Do miracles really happen? And does God provide?

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Are miracles real? Do they still happen today? In the first of the films Patricia tells of an event that happened in Jamaica when she lived there with her family. Patricia believes it to be a miracle that demonstrated God’s generous nature. In the second […]