Jesus Christ is the figure around whom all Christian religions are based. The New Testament of the Bible was written about his life and teachings. General beliefs associated with Jesus are that he was conceived by God upon a virgin, performed miracles, died to atone for humanity's sins and was resurrected to ascend to heaven.
According to Christian belief, Jesus brought many messages. One is that God is a loving Spirit. In the Old Testament, God was often seen as vengeful, but Christ's teachings changed that with the lesson that God has a plan for all people. Part of God's plan is that the only way to go to heaven after death is to follow Christ's teachings.
Jesus Christ also preached messages of love. The Book of Matthew in the Bible quotes Jesus as saying that people should love their neighbors in the same way they love themselves. The same book also quotes Jesus on the importance of forgiving and loving the enemy. Jesus also preached that people needed to refrain from hate and lust.
Many of Christ's teachings were about God's generosity. They also warned of the dangers of diverting from God's plan. The crucifixion of Jesus was performed so that Christ could atone for humanity's sins.Learn More
The word "grace," as used in the Bible, usually refers to the unmerited or undeserved favor of God. However, there are examples of grace from man to man and not just from God to man.Full Answer >
According to Wade Bradford of About.com, in the second act of "The Crucible", John Proctor tells Reverend Hale that he believes many of the people accusing others of witchcraft are only doing so out of fear that they themselves will be accused of witchcraft. He also discusses his suspicions about Reverend Parris, and states that the reason he doesn't go to church is because he cannot bear Parris's hypocrisy.Full Answer >
Mary is referred to as Elizabeth's cousin in the Gospel of Luke. It is unclear whether the women were first cousins or more distant relatives, as the Bible simply refers to them as cousins. Elizabeth was also the mother of John the Baptist.Full Answer >
Joseph of Nazareth was the husband of Mary and the earthly father to Jesus. According to the Christian Bible, Joseph was born around the year 100 B.C. and died in 1 A.D. All of the information that is known about Joseph comes from the New Testament.Full Answer >