Christian dogma is based on one core belief: that there is One God who is The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. It is otherwise called The Trinity, and it is on this fundamental belief that Christianity is based. This dogma is outlined in the Bible which is the book that Christianity is based on. The Bible does not outline this belief in the first part, the Old Testament but rather in the second.
It simply means the beliefs that all Christians must hold to be true. Wikipedia words the main beliefs of Christianity as this:
The foundations of Christian theology are expressed in ecumenical creeds that are accepted by followers of the Christian faith. These professions state that Jesus suffered, died, was buried, and was resurrected from the dead in order to grant eternal life to those who believe in him and trust in him for the remission of their sins. The creeds further maintain that Jesus bodily ascended into heaven, where he reigns with God the Father. Most denominations teach that Jesus will return to judge all humans, living and dead, and to grant eternal life to his followers. He is considered the model of a virtuous life. His ministry, crucifixion, and resurrection are often referred to as the gospel, meaning “Good News” (a loan translation of the Greek: εὐαγγέλιον euangélion). The term gospel also refers to written accounts of Jesus’s life and teaching, four of which—the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John—are considered canonical and are included in the Christian Bible.
In order to call yourself a Christian, you must agree with these principles, which are listed above. At first, I didn’t have any clue what Dogma really meant, so I researched it and this is what I found on Wikipedia:
Dogma is a principle or set of principles laid down by an authority as incontrovertibly true. It serves as part of the primary basis of an ideology or belief system, and it cannot be changed or discarded without affecting the very system’s paradigm, or the ideology itself. They can refer to acceptable opinions of philosophers or philosophical schools, public decrees, religion, or issued decisions of political authorities.
The term derives from Greek δόγμα “that which seems to one, opinion or belief” and that from δοκέω (dokeo), “to think, to suppose, to imagine”. Dogma came to signify laws or ordinances adjudged and imposed upon others by the First Century. The plural is either dogmas or dogmata, from Greek δόγματα. The term “dogmatics” is used as a synonym for systematic theology, as in Karl Barth’s defining textbook of neo-orthodoxy, the 14-volume Church Dogmatics.
Christian Dogma between denominations
The Christian Dogma should stay the same between all denominations, as it is the core of the religion of Christianity. All Christians must believe these same basic principles about God and His son Jesus. While denominations might differ on small details, they can not differ on these set principles. Wikipedia mentions the three largest groups of Christianity as:
Worldwide, the three largest groups of Christianity are the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the various denominations of Protestantism. The Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox patriarchates split from one another in the schism of the 11th century, and Protestantism came into existence during the Reformation of the 16th century, splitting from the Roman Catholic Church.
To show an example of how denominations can differ, Catholics have more books in their Bibles than Protestants do, but both groups believe that Jesus is the Son of God, along with the rest of the set principles that sets the core beliefs of the religion.
What does the Old Testament say?
The Old Testament tells us about life before the birth of Jesus. It starts off at creation when God creates the world and all that is in it in 7 days. He creates man and then on seeing that man is lonely and needs a helper, he creates woman. The two disobey when they eat from the forbidden tree and sin is born.
Christian principles revolve strongly around the theme that we are not perfect but that if we seek forgiveness from God, He will forgive us and that He will welcome us back into His fold. When his son, Jesus, comes back from the heavens where he ascended after his death, He will take along with Him those who are in a state of grace, meaning those who have acknowledged and repented their sins.
The New Testament
The New Testament is where we get instruction about how to live our lives. Jesus goes to various places with His 7 disciples and preaches sermons that tell us about the character of a good Christian. He talks about everything from the Law of Moses, blessings, anger, marriage, love, giving, prayer, revenge, money, worry, worshiping and more. A good Christian is the one who follows all the teachings of Jesus.
Although Christianity has over the centuries split into small factions that worship in different ways, they are all more or less about the same thing. They all encourage repentance, for instance, but the Catholic Church encourages confession through a priest while Protestants believe that a sinner should confess directly to God. Most Christians worship on Sunday but there are some, like Jews and Seventh Day Adventists who choose different days of the week to worship.
Towards the end, the Bible describes very vividly what will happen in the last days and what will happen when Jesus comes back to take away his children. Those who have led good Christian lives will be taken up to heaven while those who have done the contrary will pay the consequences.
Before today I had no idea what Christian Dogma stood for, but that’s the great thing about the internet, we are able to research any topic we can think of, and instantly find out more information!
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