[code]The creation story is found in Genesis. [i]"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." -Genesis 1:1[/i][/code]
[b]The Incarnation:[/b][i]"By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God" -John 4:2[/i]
[b]The Crucifixion:[/b][i]"For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified." -Corinthians 2:2[/i]
[b]The Resurrection:[/b][i]"Christ has indeed been raised from the dead" -Corinthians 15:20[/i]
[b]The significance of the Resurrection[/b]
The resurrection gives Christians faith that they will be given eternal life after death, if they receive salvation, just as Christ returned to the world after his death to give blessings to his followers, and talk to them.
On top of that it also proves that Christ was the Son of God, providing that he even overcame death, something which was seen as inevitable for everything, something only God could overcome, hence he is seen more definitely as part of the trinity, as the son.
[b]The Ascension:[/b][i]"As he blessed them, he left them and was taken up to heaven." -Luke 24:51[/i]
[b]Sin/Original Sin:[/b][i]"All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" -Romans 3:23[/i]
[highlight]This is talking about the original sin by humans, (Adam took the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil), and were sent to Earth from Eden. Humans now are supposed to be carrying this sin in their blood, so the only way to 'cure' them, is through baptism.[/highlight]
[b]Salvation by Grace:[/b][i]"For God so loved the world that he face his one and only son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish, but have eternal life" -John 3:16[/i]
[b]Salvation through obedience to God's law:[/b][i]"In as much as you did it for one of these, you did it for me." -Matthew 25[/i]
[b]Salvation and God's Spirit:[/b][i]"He saved us through renewal through the Holy Spirit" -Titus 4[/i]
[highlight]Specifically this kind of Salvation is brought about by the belief that the Holy Spirit possesses people and makes them do good, and in doing so, granting them God's forgiveness.[/highlight]
[highlight]The role of Christ in atonement and salvation is that he not only restored the relation between humans and God, but he also provided a way for them to be cured of the original sin (via baptism), and also get to heaven, through one of the salvations, but common in all 3 of them is that without his crucifixion God wouldn't have provided these forms of salvation, hence him being a saviour.[/highlight]
[code]Christian Qualities of the Nature of God:
[h3]Further explanation on Salvation[/h3]
In the parable of the Sheep and the goats ([b]Matt 25:31-46[/b]), people are represented as sheep and goats, fundamentally good and bad people. It says how he will ask the ones he sees as right, to come to him, to which they will respond 'Why?', then he goes on to explain they were nice to the people around him. Then he basically tells the 'goats', or the bad people, to burn in hell.
In the parable of Talents ([b]Matthew 25:14-30[/b]), 3 people are given sums of money, the first 2 invest and use it, but the third buries it. The first 2 are rewarded, the third is punished.
However more liberal Christians believe in [b]Universal Salvation[/b] whereby, God forgives everyone, and everyone goes to heaven.
Judgement is a significant part of Christianity, and there are 2 major beliefs about it:
The first is that one will be resurrected after death at the end of time, and will face God (seen as the ultimate judge [i]"The Lord, the Righteous judge" -2 Timothy 4:8[/i])where they will be judged, based on the Good and Bad they have done.
They will be separated into 2 distinct groups - the good and the bad, which are clearly distinguished in [i]"the Parable of the Sheep and Goats" -Matt 25:31-46[/i], and from there on judged, and sent to their righteous kingdom, or an eternal fire. (Paradise or Hell).
Extra quotes in support of God:
"I am the Almighty God" -Genesis 17:1
"God is love. This is how God showed us his love, by sending his son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins." -John 4:8-9
And [b]Revelations[/b] states that God will judge the world at the end of time, when [i]Jesus[/i] will return to Judge the living and the dead.