is ultimately based on the Holy Bible. Sure, you can say that
Christianity is based on the teachings of Christ, but those teachings
can only be found in the Bible. And Christianity (for most Christians,
at least) extends well beyond just the words of Christ and encompasses
instead all the moral laws and principles found throughout the entire
- Christians, on the whole, believe that the Bible’s
primary purpose is to act as a guideline to show us the path toward
salvation. Only by following the laws and moral principles in the Bible
can we learn about Christ, follow his commandments* and be saved. So,
obviously, it is vitally important to know exactly what the Bible says
and what it actually means.
- Since the time the Bible was first
assembled in its current form, some 1700 or so years ago, billions of
people have relied on it to show them the path toward salvation.
- God, according to Christian beliefs, is an omnipotent, omniscient and all-loving father who actually wants all of his children (that’s us) to learn and follow the path toward salvation. Sure, we are given free will to choose whether to follow the path or not, but the path should be clear and unambiguous enough to follow if we choose to do so.
- One must have studied the original languages in which the Bible was written in order to understand what the passage really means.
must have a deep understanding of the socioeconomic factors that
existed at the time the passage was written in order to understand what
it really means.
- One must fully understand the culture of the people to whom the passage was addressed in order to understand what it really means.
must read the “forgotten” or “apocryphal” books of the Bible that were
not included at the time it was formally assembled, but really should
have been included in order to understand what the passage really means.
- Etc., etc., etc.