What do Christians believe
Beliefs are very important to Christianity. Doctrines about God, Jesus Christ, the Trinity, the Bible, angels and demons, and heaven and hell are among the most important. Christian denominations, although in mostly agreement on primary doctrines, can have many differences on secondary doctrines. (Go here to compare the beliefs of different Christian denominations.)
Given the great historical attention that has been devoted to Christian beliefs, the 2,000 years' worth of available writing on its many subjects, and its sometimes complex philosophical arguments, Christian doctrine can be intimidating, especially for the beginner. The following articles therefore attempt to summarize the general consensus of Christian beliefs.
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Read about the Christian God as portrayed in the New Testament
, the early church, and today.
Christian monotheism is Trinitarian, which holds that God is One, but made of three distinct "persons": the Father
, the Son
, and the Holy Spirit
This article focuses on the Christian doctrine about who Jesus was, a topic known as "Christology."
In Christian theology, the Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Trinity, co-equal with the Father and the Son as a part of the Godhead.
Fundamental to the Christian understanding of human nature is the belief that the first humans were created in the image of God (imago Dei
), but the disobedience of Adam and Eve brought negative results that endure to this day.
Read about the devil's (or Satan's) existence, names, nature, fall, and more.
Christian beliefs about the afterlife vary between denominations and individuals, but most Christians believe in some kind of heaven
In Christianity, hell is the place or state for unrepentant sinners after this life. The traditional doctrine of hell has become increasingly controversial in recent years.
Read about the different aspects of this biblical doctrine and the controversy that has historically surrounded it.
Read about the origin of, and explanations for, the traditional seven vices in Christianity
Because of her humility and piety and her role as the mother of the Savior of humanity, Mary has been accorded great respect in all branches of Christianity and she is a favorite subject in art, music and literature.
This article is about the sacred service of mass in Roman catholocism
Angels are spiritual beings who were created by God before the world was created.
History, sources and Christian views about devils and demons.
Read about the act of expelling evil spirits from a person.
This articles explores "the marks" received on the body of certain Christians from the Apostle Paul to St. Francis of Assisi, to Padre Pio.
This article explores various answers to the questions: Is salvation found in Christ alone? Are non-Christian religions valid paths to God and salvation? Do non-Christian religions have truth in them, and can they be seen as another aspect of divine revelation?
Three views about the apocalypse have dominated Church history.
Read about the traditional teachings of Roman Catholocism
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