What is Christianity?
The essence of Christianity is both a divine revelation of truth and a personal relationship with God through the Lord
Jesus Christ. Both of these are vital to understand. Some emphasize a personal relationship and love while downplaying
doctrine. Others stress sound doctrine while struggling to show love and other God-given emotions in expressing their faith.
s important to remember that love, unity, and relationships without doctrinal truth are superficial sentimentality. At the
same time, correct doctrine without love is just a dead orthodoxy. In neither case do we have true biblical Christianity. True
doctrine and genuine godly love go together. The Apostle Paul exhorted that we should always be “
speaking the truth in
In saying that Christianity is a divine revelation, we mean the Creator and Ruler of the universe has communicated truth to
man, truth about Himself and truth about His creation, especially His relationship to humanity. Some of this revelation has
come in a general way, through creation and our conscience (Psalm 19, Romans 1 and 2). But God also chose to give a much
more specific and special revelation in written form through the inspiration of the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New
Testaments (2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:20,21). These scriptures give us objective propositional truth that Christians
believe and by which they live. This is important in defining Christianity. There are certain fundamental truths that make
Christianity what it is, and it is important that every Christian be grounded in these basics of the faith. These truths
distinguish orthodox biblical Christianity from any other philosophy, religion, or counterfeit system of belief.
The ultimate revelation in all history is God sending his Son, Jesus Christ, into the world. The center of Christianity is,
after all, as the word implies, Jesus Christ. Therefore, n