Religion and Theology
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Christianity: Who, What, When, Where, How When inquiring into the beliefs and practices of Christianity, a 2000 year old religion, we are faced with immense diversity. Christianity is an umbrella religion, referring to many denominations and religious organizations which, according to the three ecumenical creeds (Apostles Creed, Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed) primarily have in common their basic beliefs in one omnipotent, omniscient and eternal God, creator of the universe; in Jesus Christ, the foretold messiah, Son of God; the Holy Spirit’s role in the lives of Christians; the Bible as the divinely inspired Word of God; and the power of redemption (BookofConcord.org).
Most Christians, though not all, believe in a triune God, known as The Trinity. This means, according to the Athanasian Creed, that God is one, but is comprised of three aspects, or three manifestations: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (BookofConcord.org). God the Father was dominant in the Old Testament, and is the presence that walked with Adam and Eve, the One who gave Moses the Ten Commandments (consisting of rules for moral living), the One who entered into covenants with Noah, Abraham and others, and the One who sent Jesus. God the Son is Jesus, the one who taught the disciples, performed miracles, healed the sick and raised the dead, and died to redeem people from the wages of sin, and who conquered death, arose and ascended to Heaven. ...