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Main theme of Christinity
Christianity is monotheistic, meaning that they believe in only one God who has created the man and the world. Some Christians hold that that God is both immanent and transcendent. Everything of creation falls short of the glory of God. In order to mediate between God and man, Christianity believes in prophets and considers Jesus to be the mediator between man and God.

jesusThe most distinctive teachings about God is that He has been revealing Himself through His prophets and in the fullness of time Jesus has revealed God most clearly and finally the will and Person of God. Hence, it is said that `God is Jesus`, for Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God.

Christianity also holds that God is Father and God is essentially a form of Love and as Love he searches man more than man searches God. There is the concept of trinity, according to which Father, Son and Holy Spirit are three different persons. But they are one. The Christian concept of Trinity is however different from the Hindu concept of trinity where three gods the Brahma Vishnu and Maheshwara together make the trinity and all the three deities are quite distinct and separate with their distinctive functions and qualities.

The most distinctive teaching of Christianity is the expiatory and redeeming death of Jesus. In other words, Jesus died for redeeming the sins of the world. Hence, a Christian has to have faith that Jesus died for his sins, and, that this faith alone wins forgiveness of sins of the sinners and he becomes at one with God. Hence, the adage is not by words, in obedience to the law of Moses, but by faith a sinner is saved from the hell-fire. This faith again is a free gift of God and is open to all men irrespective of race and colour. At times, this doctrine of faith as the gift of God turns into the doctrine of election and predestination.

Predestination means that God has chosen some persons from the very beginning of the world for being saved and some for being damned.According to Christianity, God created man in His own image. But through disobedience of Adam sin came to the world and this image of God has been corrupted by man. Hence, man has to live again in union with God. And this can be done through faith in the expiatory death of Jesus on the Cross.

Judaism, Islam and Christianity all believe in the concept of Heaven and Hell, the Day of Judgement and resurrection from the death.cross Most Christians believe in the immortality of the soul. But if God has created this soul, then how can it be immortal? Nothing that has been created is eternal. Jesus himself hints at it "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul: rather be afraid of God, who can destroy both body and soul in hell."

Christianity accepts the doctrine of creation, which means that God has created the world out of nothing but by His mere creative power. This doctrine of creation has to be distinguished from the Hindu doctrine of cyclic creation and dissolution.

Along with Judaism and Islam, Christianity accepts the doctrine of amelioration. This means that the world is real and should be improved for the good of the whole world. Hence, Christianity accepts the service of man for the uplift and alleviation of human suffering. Hence, Christianity accepts the World- and-life-affirniation.

In popular Christianity, the existence of angels, evil spirits and the devil is accepted. But the modern Christians do not believe in their existence.
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