Christianity differs from all other religions in that it is based more on relationships between people and God and people rather than on religious customs. The aim of Christianity is not just to mindlessly live according to the list of “what you need to do and what you do not need to do,” and every time asks yourself this question before making a move. The goal of Christianity is to achieve a close relationship with the Almighty Father. This relationship is possible only because of the devoted work of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit in the life of every Christian.
Christians also believe that mankind was created to have a pure relationship with God, but sin led to the alienation of men from God. Christianity teaches that Jesus Christ really lived on Earth, as God on one side, but also as a person on the other and that he died on the cross. Christians believe that after the death Jesus was buried and resurrected, and now is on the right hand of the Father, constantly taking care of believers. Christianity proclaims that the death of Jesus on the cross completely paid for men’s sins and restored men’s relationship with God.
Christians believe that the Holy Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God and that its teaching has supreme authority. The Holy Bible is the greatest, the most popular and the most expensive book in the world. But it is also the most mysterious book. People killed and died for this book through centuries. Its history is full of interesting and unbelievable facts, some of which are stated below.
Was there an Apple?
There are many discussions around the origin of the forbidden fruit that Adam and Eve tried, seduced by the snake. Turns out, there is no word about what the fruit was in the Holy Bible. It was not mentioned whether it was an apple or not. Some scientists think that the mistake was made because in Latin the words “apple” and “evil” are very similar. That’s why there are different opinions about what that fruit really was. Some say it was an apple indeed, while others consider it to be a pomegranate, a grape or a fig.
The Holy Bible is the most persecuted book in the world
The Holy Bible has a long list of “the mosts” and some of them are quite unusual and interesting. During the whole time of its existence (which is more than 2 thousand years), it’s been regularly persecuted. It was considered to be a dangerous book and people who read it – dangerous men. Regardless of its honorable status and enormous help that it has brought to society, there were many people who had grudges against this book or even fear of its real power. For the first time in happened in 303rd year A. D. The Rome Emperor ordered to burn down every single book in the Empire and kill everyone who kept this book and didn’t want to give it out. Later after about 15 centuries, the same story was repeated in France. French kings thought that the Holy Bible didn’t bring any practical use, he proclaimed the power of logical thinking and declared a war against religion. The government ordered to destroy all copies of the Holy Bible that were found and punished those who read and kept it and even kill those who didn’t want to give it out willingly. The government was happy about the success of this mission, but in a few years, they were surprised and even devastated when they realized that the nation’s morality decreased a lot, rudeness and crimes became a normal phenomenon. That made them change their mind and return the Holy Bible back to people.
In Nazi Germany and in the USSR a lot of books were forbidden because they were considered “anti-political” and were meant to push people to revolt against the government. This is what officials read between the lines. However, it is hard to say for sure whether this or that book was meant to call for the nation rebel. The Holy Bible was considered one of such books. And again, its owners were persecuted, imprisoned, killed and sentenced to Siberia in the USSR. But none of the above measures could make people disbelieve in power of the God’s Word. That’s why when the rule of dictatorship fell, men’s faith only became stronger.
The funny thing is that not only politicians were against the Bible and forbade it, some church representatives did it too! The thing is that the Holy Bible was considered a certain standard of life of a person who services God, meaning church servants. But not all of them were as pure as they were supposed to be. Just a few centuries ago the church was very corrupted. Fathers had more power than some governments did. And of course, not all of them could resist the temptation of such power. So many of the church servants broke the Holy bible’s laws and didn’t want common people to know that. Because if they found this out, the church would loose trust and, consequently, its power. That’s why books were burnt and common people persecuted.
What can the Holy Bible tell us about the future?
The Holy Bible is thought to be full of prophecies. No medium or astrologist or a fortune-teller is able to predict the future as correctly and as thoroughly as this book can. It can not be explained but it is a fact that the Holy Bible has about 3 thousands of prophecies on its pages that have already taken place in life. Most of them are connected with cities and countries that have already perished (Five) or still exist (the USA), prominent people who have made a profound impact in the history of humanity (Alexander Makedonsky) and many religions some of which no longer exist. Some prophecies are connected with nature (volcanoes, global warming) and some are with human relationships (wars, unions).
The most important feature that distinguishes the Holy Bible from all other writings is that it is easy to read and can be understood even by a person with a low level of education. Besides, it doesn’t have any second meanings.