The Bible Is the Inerrant Word of God
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Tim 3:16-17
The reason this belief is so important is that the Bible is the foundation for all Christian doctrine and belief. It is God’s written word to mankind and everything you believe as a Christian comes from within the pages of Scripture. The Bible is the first word on our faith and doctrine, and it is the last word on our faith and doctrine. In order for any belief to be a basic belief of Christianity, it must agree with what is written in the Bible. All Humanity is under the Curse of Sin All People are Guilty Romans 3:9-18 As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.” “Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; “The poison of asps is under their lips”; “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood; Destruction and misery are in their ways; And the way of peace they have not known.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
One of the challenges that many people have with the basic beliefs of Christianity is that we proclaim that all people are born sinners. No one is without sin. This is hard for some people to believe and it becomes a stumbling block for many. To come to faith in Christ the first thing that you have to admit is that you are wrong. Wrong about the way you were living and wrong about the things you have done and believed. This is difficult for a lot of people and some people find it offensive. The truth is you must first acknowledge you are a sinner (that you are wrong) and by doing that you recognize your need for a savior.
The Deity of Christ
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. – John 1:14
“if Jesus was not whom he claimed, then he must be a lunatic, a liar, or worse.” C.S. Lewis
Essential to what are the basic beliefs in Christianity is that Jesus Christ was God in human form. It is the divine nature of Jesus Christ. He was fully God and fully man when he walked this earth. This was not just what the writers wrote but it is what Jesus proclaimed himself. The reason this is so important is that this brings the character of Jesus into question. Jesus was either God in flesh who came to redeem mankind, or he was a liar who deceived many. There is no middle ground. The entire foundation of Christianity is built around the person of Jesus Christ. If you don’t see Jesus as God, then he can’t be the Messiah because that would nullify the claims of deity he made about himself. Therefore, if your understanding of Jesus is wrong then your understanding of Christianity will be wrong as well.
The Sacrificial Death of Jesus For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16
Because God loved you and I so much he sent his Son as a sacrificial substitute to pay for the sins that we committed. The perfect Christ took on the sin of mankind and by doing so paid the debt of sin that we owed. It was this sacrifice that made it possible for your sins to be forgiven.
The Bodily Resurrection of Jesus Of all the basic beliefs of Christianity, this is one of the most important. Here is why. The resurrection proved that everything Jesus said about himself is true. Simply put this proved he is who he said he is. Without the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ there is no Christianity, Jesus was just another person, and most importantly you are still dead in your sins. the Apostle Paul said,
For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. – 1 Corinthians 15:16-18
As important as it was for Jesus to die on the cross for your sins, that did not complete the work of your salvation. It was his resurrection that did. This is what sets Jesus apart from any other religious leader or prophet. His tomb is empty and theirs are not.
The Return of Jesus and the Hope of Eternal Life
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. –John 14:3
“Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” – Acts 1:11
As Christians, we believe Jesus is coming again. He will make a bodily return to the earth and establish his rule and reign in the earth. The ultimate hope of our faith is that we will spend eternity with Jesus. This is the reward we look forward to. It is this hope that allows you to endure hardship, persecution, and trials of every kind because you know there is an eternal reward waiting for you. Without this hope then as the Apostle Paul said we are to be pitied above all men.
If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. – 1 Corinthians 15:19
The good news is that our hope extends beyond this life and beyond the grave. We will all one day pass from this life and as Christians, we know and believe there is an eternity in heaven waiting for us because of what Jesus has done for us.
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
If you are reading this and you are new to the Christian faith or if you have no faith, I hope you have a better understanding of what some of the basic beliefs of Christianity are. There are more that I could have written about, but I think this gives you enough to get started. If I could sum it up it would simply be this. Christianity is all about God loving you so much that he didn’t want to leave you in your sinful condition, so he made a way through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He simply did for us what we could not do for ourselves. That is what Christianity is all about.