Religion Explained
Religion        Christianity
What is Religion?
Finger Pointing from a Cloud
Ancient people weren't able to explain how many things worked, especially forces of nature such as the wind, rain, storms, illness, death etc, so they thought there must be supernatural beings who controlled those things, and they called those beings 'god'. They conceived there must be many gods, one for each different thing, the god of storms, of love, of death etc, and they thought those gods must have supernatural powers to be able to control the force, because even their strongest men couldn't control or understand them. 'Religion' is the name we give to belief in such a supreme being and the way of life its believers follow. (Return to top)

There are many different religions in the world; some have relatively few members whilst the principal ones have millions, if not billions of followers. The biggest religions include Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism. With the exception of Buddhism (which doesn't believe in a supreme being but seeks a pure state of existence known as Nirvana), each of the principal religions believes in a supreme being with powers greater than humans. Most believe that the supreme being created the universe (ie: space and time) and everything in it including humanity and that they maintain an ongoing influence over their creation. Most of the different religions give their supreme being (god) similar capabilities, but each interprets the details differently. (Return to top)

Some members of each religion believe the basic concepts but put emphasis on different details - such divisions of detail are called a 'denomination' and some denominations are further divided into smaller 'sects'. This includes for Judaism: Orthodox and Liberal Jews, for Christianity: Catholic and Protestant Christians, and for Islam: Shia and Sunni Muslims, etc. (Return to top)
What is Christianity?
Picture, A Christian Cross
Christianity is the world's largest religion with over two billion followers world-wide. It gets its name from Jesus of Nazareth, known as Jesus Christ. 'Christ' is not a name but a title - it means 'anointed' or 'chosen one'. (Return to top)

Judaism, Christianity and Islam all believe there is only one God who has set rules by which we can live together in society under his care; rules that are recorded in their respective Holy Books – The Torah, The Bible and the Qur'an. Christians believes that we should live our life according to those rules, showing loving care towards God and to each other, but as humanity always fails to live up to the rules, it distances us from God much as a loving parent is distanced from a disobedient child. (Return to top)

It's the unique Christian belief that God has a perfect loving nature which is so fundamental to him that, because humanity fails to obey his rules for living a good life, he came to earth himself in the form of Jesus Christ as our 'Saviour' or intermediary between himself and humanity to make reconciliation for our disobedience, which we call 'sin', since it's only God's own perfect nature that is capable of making such a reconciliation and correcting the breach that occurs between him and us. That's why Jesus is called 'Christ', the 'chosen one' of God - the way chosen to make reconciliation for our disobedience. (Return to top)

For a full explanation of the Christian faith, click here. (Return to top)