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 Questions about Christianity?

This part of our website has been designed specifically to help you explore some of the big questions, like: Who is God? Who is Jesus? What is the Bible all about? Is the Bible a historical book or is there more to it than that? Do I need God? And how does someone become a Christian?

If you have any questions about God, Christianity or Holy Trinity Christian Church, please reach out to us by calling 404-368-9790 .

We believe that the most important thing that each of us will decide in our lives is what we think about God, who He is and how that affects us today. The Bible teaches us that there is only one God (Deut. 6:4) and that He is the Creator and Designer of the entire universe. When God created Earth and humanity, He did it with the intention of having a relationship with each one of us. People often wonder what the point of life is and why we are here. God tells us that we were created by Him and that a life with Him gives us great purpose (Jeremiah 29:11).

“God loves you regardless of your past or present and even in your worst moments.”

1 John 4:16 tells us that God doesn’t just love us, but that He is love. We wonder how God could love certain people after what they have done. God loves people even in their worst moments because it is in His nature to do so. Every decision He makes streams from His unconditional love (John 3:16). There is nothing that we could ever do to make God stop loving us and there is nothing we could ever do to make God love us more (Rom. 8:38-40). Because of His love, God has been reaching out to humanity since He created us. In His undying love, God has reached out to humanity by sending His son Jesus. God longs to be near the broken-hearted and the wounded (Isaiah 57:15) and gives us this promise: that He will always be with us, even to the end of the world (Matt. 28:20).

Who is Jesus?

Many have labeled Jesus. Some labeled Him a moral teacher, others labeled Him a prophet. But what do those who walked alongside of Him say? And what does Jesus say about Himself?

Nothing is normal about Jesus. He was conceived by God in His earthly mother, Mary, who was a virgin, making His birth an absolute marvel and confirming His deity and humanity. He taught that God loved humanity and wanted to restore the broken connection between us and Him. In everything He did, Jesus demonstrated compassion to the poor and hurting, and in the ultimate act of love, He offered His body to be crucified as a sacrifice for the sins / mistakes of all mankind on a wooden cross, and because Jesus is fully God, death couldn’t have the final say. Jesus rose from the dead and triumphed over death, giving hope to all those who believe in Him that we, too, one day will rise from the dead and live with Him in Heaven.

 

One with the Father

John, one of Jesus’ closest friends, writes about one statement Jesus made about himself, “I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30). This means that Jesus, the son of God, is Himself God and co-equal to the Father in status and power. Jesus left the heavens and let humanity know who God is.

Amazing Birth

From the beginning of His life, Jesus attracted attention. His birth was unique. It was spoken of and anticipated by many generations before His time. The prophet Isaiah promised the nation of Israel that God would send someone to save the world. Isaiah said we would know who it is because his mother would be a virgin when he was conceived (Isaiah 7:14). Her pregnancy would not be the result of a man, but from God. Luke, an author in the New Testament, records the circumstances of Jesus’ birth. He writes that an angel appeared to a girl named Mary and told her, “You will become pregnant and have a son, and you are to name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High.” (Luke 1:31-32). To be called the “Son of God,” simply means that He bears God’s name and authority. Jesus’ astonishing birth identified Him as the one who was promised by God to be the savior of all people.

Teachings

The description of Jesus’ life is given in the first four books of the New Testament. Jesus lived many years of His life as a normal 1st century Jew. Jesus began His public ministry around the age of 30 after being baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. Jesus regularly taught in churches and public squares. The message of Jesus was simple. He focused a lot on “The Kingdom of God.” He told His audience that God’s reign and authority was everlasting, and that God was setting up His kingdom through Him. “God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” – Romans 5:8

Compassion

Jesus captivated large audiences because He taught things that challenged them and healed those who were sick. Jesus wasn’t afraid to approach those who were rejected by society. Because of this, Jesus was ridiculed and rejected by the religious leaders of His day. Jesus travelled from city to city showing compassion to those who were sick and hurting. He said that this is what the Father had chosen for Him to do (Luke 4:18-19).

Sacrifice

The most unusual event of Jesus’ life was his death. Jesus was wrongly charged by the authorities and was deemed worthy of capitol punishment. In the first century, only the most extreme crimes were punished by the Roman government through crucifixion. Jesus was sentenced to the worst of penalties for crimes He did not commit. What is even more peculiar is that Jesus claimed that this injustice was the reason he was born (John 12:27). He told the man who overlooked his trial that the true decision of his death came from God and not man. Another writer says that Jesus’ brutal death was God’s demonstration of His powerful love. “But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8). Christ didn’t die because He was a threat to some or because He broke any laws. Yet His death was purposeful. When He died, He was receiving the punishment for the sin of every person who has ever existed and will ever exist (1 Peter 2:24). “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” -John 14:6

Victory

Three days later, the grave that held Jesus’ body was found empty. Because He is God, Jesus could not be held down by death. In the greatest event of all time, He rose from the dead. His resurrection is the hope of every believer that one day they too will be raised. Also, His resurrection confirms His identity as God. Only God has the power over death. After He rose from the dead, He gave instructions to His followers and then ascended to heaven. He left them and us with a promise- that one day He will return to set up the eternal Kingdom of God here on Earth. Jesus’ life here on Earth was remarkable. He was perfect in all that he did and said, not committing any sin. He modeled the giving and compassionate heart of the Father in every way. What does Jesus tell us about himself? He gives a description of himself so exclusive that no one can ignore it. It challenges even the most brilliant minds of today. He tells us that He is God’s only plan for the world, that humanity only has one hope, and His name is Jesus. He said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) If you want to experience eternity in Heaven and true peace and joy in this lifetime, you must go to Jesus and believe that He is the true Son of God, that He died for your sins, made you right with God, and let Him be the ruler of your life.
 

The Bible

The Bible is God’s word to us. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because God inspires it, it is the truth without error. The Bible was not written only to educate us, but to change our lives. (Psalm 119:19, II Timothy 3:16) Since creation, God has been speaking to humanity. He has given us instructions for living, guidance in confusing times, and the truth about who He is. God spoke to a variety of people. He spoke to farmers, prophets, shepherds, priests, and kings. In order to pass the message to the next generation, these men wrote it down in books. These books were compiled to form one book known as the Bible. The Bible is inspired by God and is therefore free of error (2 Tim. 3:16).

“Through the generations, God’s message remains clear: that in His love God has given His son as a sacrifice for our sins.”

 

The Books

The books of the Bible contain the history of the Israelites, the speeches of the prophets, the story of Christ, and instructions from the apostles. There are 39 books in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament.

Reliability

The Bible is the most remarkable ancient document. Its authenticity stands up to scholarly scrutiny. There are now over 5,300 manuscripts of the New Testament dating as early as 60AD with minimal variation in the texts. Early church fathers such as Clement of Rome (95 AD), Justin Martyr (150 AD), and Irenaeus (170 AD) quoted from the New Testament scriptures dating them to the time of the apostles. The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and early first century historians give more reliability to the authenticity of the Bible. The Bible has survived scholarly debate. People have tried to destroy it and discredit it with no success. Through the generations, God’s message remains clear: that in His love God has given His son as a sacrifice for our sins.

Do I Need God?

Everyone would agree that God is needed in our lives.

 With all of His resources and power, He could take any business, career, or household to the top. But that is the problem. Often we see God as an asset. We fail to recognize our need for Him. God told us in His word that hidden in us all is a tendency to act in ways contrary to His commands. No person has lived a life that completely lives up to God’s standards (Rom. 3:23).

“God gives you a purpose and eternal prospective that completely changes your present.”

Eternity

God has made us eternal creatures. There is more to us than just our bodies. There is part of us that will exist forever. We will either live forever with God in heaven or apart from Him in hell. It is easy to assume that bad people will go to hell and that good people will go to heaven. But the Bible teaches us that there is nothing good enough anybody can do to be worthy of heaven (Rom. 3:27). God only accepts those who put their faith and trust into what Jesus did when he died for all (Rom. 3:25). We need God to take care of our eternity.
God wants a relationship with you, regardless of your past or present mistakes, weather your good or bad, socially accepted or rejected,

“God has a purpose for your life and wants a personal relationship with you for eternity.”