God, Christian Faith (3.5e Deity)
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God, Christian Faith
|Portfolio:||Healing, Protection of Faithful, Good|
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BeliefThe religion of God is a monotheistic belief in the triune God: Father, Son and Holy Ghost. They believe God created the entire universe, earth, and all that inhabit it. The belief in God also believes in Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of mankind from eternal doom in Hell. For when Adam and Eve sinned in the garden of Eden, they were no longer righteous in the sights of God, and only through Christ would that righteousness be redeemed. He came to the earth as a perfect man, wholly man and wholly God, through the Virgin Mary. He grew up as a man, bled like a man, and suffered like a man. At the end of His first life, preached for a few years before He was crucified on a cross. His body was put into a burial chamber (more so a cave). To prevent Him from leaving, as scriptures had told He would rise again, the Romans placed a huge boulder at the entrance to the cave. On the morning of third day after His death, He rose again and conquered death. Christians (followers of Christ, or "little Christs") believe in many set laws laid down by Christ. Ten of these are the Ten Commandments. Jesus Christ ordered his followers that they should, as the most important commandment of all, was to "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." -Matthew 22:37-40. In addition, they were to travel all the land and spread the news of the good King to anyone and
6 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery;
7 you shall have no other gods before me.
8 You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
9 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and fourth generation of those who reject me,
10 but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.
11 You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.
12 Observe the sabbath day and keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you.
13 For six days you shall labour and do all your work.
14 But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, or your son or your daughter, or your male or female slave, or your ox or your donkey, or any of your livestock, or the resident alien in your towns, so that your male and female slave may rest as well as you.
15 Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the sabbath day.
16 Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, so that your days may be long and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
17 You shall not murder
18 Neither shall you commit adultery.
19 Neither shall you steal.
20 Neither shall you bear false witness against your neighbour.
21 Neither shall you covet your neighbour’s wife. Neither shall you desire your neighbour’s house, or field, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour. Taken from the Catechism of Pope Pius X
On the Creed of the Christian Faith (Catholic Version)
- Q: What is the first part of Christian Doctrine?
- A: The first part of Christian Doctrine is the Symbol of the Apostles, commonly called the Creed.
- Q: Why do you call the Creed the Symbol of the Apostles?
- A: The Creed is called the Symbol of the Apostles because it is a summary of the truths of faith taught by the Apostles.
- Q: How many articles are there in the Creed?
- A: There are twelve articles in the Creed.
- Q: Recite them.
- I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth;
- And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord;
- Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost; born of the Virgin Mary;
- Suffered under Pontius Pilate: was crucified, dead, and buried;
- He descended into hell: the third day He rose again from the dead;
- He ascended into Heaven: sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
- From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
- I believe in the Holy Ghost;
- The Holy Catholic Church; the Communion of Saints;
- The forgiveness of sins;
- The resurrection of the body;
- Life everlasting. Amen.
- Q: What is meant by the word: "I believe", which you say at the beginning of the Symbol?
- A: The word: I believe, means I hold everything that is contained in these twelve articles to be perfectly true; and I believe these truths more firmly than if I saw them with my eyes, because God, who can neither deceive nor be deceived, has revealed them to the Holy Catholic Church and through this Church to us.
- Q: What do the articles of the Creed contain?
- A: The articles of the Creed contain the principal truths to be believed concerning God, Jesus Christ, and the Church, His Spouse.
- Q: Is it useful to recite the Creed frequently?
- A: It is most useful to recite the Creed frequently, so as to impress the truths of faith more and more deeply on our hearts.
Clergy and Temples
In a Protestant church, Christian clergyman come from all sorts of backgrounds. They wear any clothing, for all men and women are the children of the Lord. Generally, to show respect though, clergyman will wear a dressy clothing style. Their temples are usually in the shape of a beautifully constructed house. They adorn a cross at a high point of the architecture, and are adorned with stained glass. Their temples are called the House of God, where the Body of Christ (the worshipers or the "Congregation") shall gather and share witness and testament to their faith. It is also a place of remembrance for Jesus Christ, the Savior, to remind them of what He did for them. Each first Sunday of every month, Communion is observed by followers. During Communion, Christians eat a ceremonial bread and drink a wine or a juice to remind them that Jesus bled for their sins and that they are saved through Him. In a Catholic church, Christian priests wear cassocks, which are black garments with black tab collars that resemble a simple robe. The bishops wear black cassocks as well, only with a red sash around their waists. The Pope always wears white. During the Mass, which is the sacrifice of Christ renewed for his people so that they might eat his flesh, the priest or bishop will wear special garments. During the "Asperges Me" he sprinkles the congregation with holy water while wearing a gloriously adorned cope. Then he will change into a simple chasuble with the corresponding colour of the Church year (Green, Black, Purple, White, Blue or Red). The bishop also carries a golden crossier and wears a beautiful miter. The Pope, the highest bishop, the highest clergyman of the Catholic church on earth will at times wear a very large diadem. Christian monks and nuns wear black, white or brown robes. The nuns wear black habit if they have taken solemn vows, while the postulants wear white habits. Monks shave their head in a tonsure.
Their chapels, churches and cathedrals are beautifully adorned with many statues of the saints, Mary and Jesus. The focal point of all Christian Churches is the stone altar, above which there is a crucifix with the bloody body of Christ displayed upon it. The windows are coloured, displaying often the mysteries of the rosary or a saint's life or the stations of the Cross. The people kneel and sit in wooden pews. Silence is observed before, during and after Mass, although a choir will sing at High Mass, accompanied by a very quiet chapel organ which may have many glorious golden pipes. The language of the Mass is Latin, the ancient and precious language of the Christian Church and Christian Scriptures and Tradition. Although, Jesus Christ was a Jew and the main followers of the Old Testament were Jewish. Hebrew was spoken by most of them before Latin was. Hebrew is where the Latin translation got its information. Being able to understand Hebrew allows the follower to go back to the very basics of the faith.