Christian Beliefs

Christian beliefs revolve around Jesus of Nazareth and his relationship with God and humanity. Those beliefs tend to vary widely around a central core. A basic Christian belief is that Jesus was God incarnate in human form, at once fully human and fully divine. He is the Son of God, the Messiah (or Christ) prophesied in the Jewish scriptures. The related doctrine of the Trinity, endorsed by most Christians, posits one God in three persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is the savior who suffered and died for humanity and, through his victory over death in the resurrection, assured his followers of eternal life. Christians believe that God is present and active in the world through the work of the Holy Spirit. Most anticipate divine judgment and the prospect of either heaven or hell for each soul, as well as the Second Coming of Jesus, when humanity will undergo bodily resurrection from the dead and the Last Judgment.