Hey, and welcome back to another Monday Q&A! Today’s topic is “The Foundations of Christianity”, the second and last discussion here. Last week, we talked mostly about the depravity and utter sinfulness of man, but this week, our focus turns to Jesus and His effect upon man and sin.
So, without any further ado, let’s dive in!
8: What does the term “fall of man” mean and why is it important?
The term “fall of man” refers to the introduction of sin into the world. Described at the very beginning of the Bible, the Fall took place soon after the creation of the first man (Adam) and woman (Eve). The two lived in paradise and in perfect harmony with God, cherishing Him and fully submitting to His commandment- to not eat of “The tree of the knowledge of good and evil”, located in the middle of their Garden home.
Eventually, a fallen angel named Lucifer took on the shape of a serpent/snake and tempted Adam and Eve to break God’s commandment and eat the fruit. Lead by Adam, Eve took and ate the fruit, sinning for the first time in history and introducing sin into the very bloodstream of humanity.
Since then, man has been born in a fallen state, unable to not sin. We bear Adam’s curse and punishment for his failure, a punishment only removed by Jesus and His sacrifice.
9: How can a Christian have assurance of salvation?
Assurance of salvation is a tricky subject, but most agree on a few key tenants.
1: Assurance of salvation is a term used to classify our complete positivity about our salvation by Jesus Christ.
2: Assurance of salvation works hand-in-hand with the the fruits of the spirit.
3: These fruits are key factors to trusting in our salvation.
While salvation is a difficult subject to touch, the Bible makes several aspects of this subject quite clear. When we make the choice to accept Jesus into our lives and become Christians, fully following Him, there will be change in our hearts. He brings us out of our depravity and calls us His friends and children.
Because of this, we often look for change in character and behavior as markers of salvation. These are completely different for everyone, but they are, for the most part, easy to spot. In many ways, Christ works boldly and openly, showing the world what He can do to those who follow Him. He does not hide the work but allows us to see His might and power in changing even the worst of sinners.
10: Respond to the question: “Jesus said He would return soon. So where is He?
He is coming! While we do not know the day or the hour, He will return and reforge the earth through fire, purging us of sin and establishing His Kingdom upon this earth forever.
11: What is the importance of prayer?
Prayer is arguably the most important aspect to a Christian’s faith. A Christian without prayer is a ship without a sail, a soldier without orders. Cutting off prayer removes communication with our King, leaving us alone and in complete solitude.
“A Christian without prayer is a ship without a sail, a soldier without orders. Cutting off prayer removes communication with our King, leaving us alone and in complete solitude.”Tweet
Furthermore, prayer serves as a medium for which we, as Christians, can strengthen our personal relationships with Christ Jesus. As we pray, we grow in our knowledge and love for Christ Jesus, building our relationships with Him.
Learning to pray is an extremely important skill for a Christian to have. If you struggle with prayer, I highly encourage you to talk to a pastor. Prayer is your sword, your weapon against the enemy, and you need it more than anything (save for your Bible).
12: What does it mean to walk by faith?
To walk by faith is to walk in complete and utter trust for God and His plan. Because He has a perfect plan for us, we can rest in assurance that we are, quite literally, in good hands.
Walking by faith and trusting in God is something built over months of learning about God and His character. Yet this becomes another key aspect to Christianity, since a Christian refusing to walk by faith is a Christian refusing God Himself. To walk by faith is to place your trust in Jesus, a decision hopefully made at the very beginning of your walk with Christ.
13: What does it mean to call Jesus Christ the “Lamb of God”?
“The Lamb of God” is a term we use for Jesus, underlying His victory over sin and death through sacrificing himself to the hands of mortal men.
The comparison comes from the Jews’ practice of sacrificing lambs in atonement for their sin. In this way, Jesus became the greater lamb; instead of covering the sins of one man, Jesus covered the sins of all who come to Him.
Because of this, we call Jesus the “Lamb of God”, echoing His fulfillment of the sacrifice of lambs. He is the ultimate sacrifice.
14: What is the importance of the resurrection of Jesus?
The resurrection of Jesus was literally the most important event in the entire history of the world. There is nothing more important than His death, because it brought us, the greatest of sinners, back into relationship with Him, a Holy God. Amen, right?
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