Essay on Issues in Christianity and How It Is Resolved Within the Religion

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Christian Studies Essay Option #2 “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”. John 3:16 With reference to the quotation above, outline how Christianity presents the central problem for human existence and explain how this problem is addressed in Christian teaching and practice. Christianity believes that the main problem that comes with human existence is the sin people accumulate throughout their daily lives. This sin, which is attained through bad deeds and the falling short of god’s standards, is the main issue in human existence as it not only creates problems in this life but can also create separation from god and eternal damnation in hell. The Christian faith does offer salvation from the unavoidable phenomenon of sin due to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (“he gave his one and only son”). This salvation through Christ occurs as Jesus Christ lived without sin but received unjust persecution (such as his crucifixion) and in willingly accepting this persecution he sacrificed his life for the sins of humans. So through acceptance of what Christ accomplished, embracing him in our lives and living life for Jesus Christ people can attain salvation (“whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”). The effect of this faith in Christ results in believer avoiding the negative consequences that come with sin (hell and separation from god) and allows for people to atone for their sins (solving the central problem of human existence) and by atoning allowing them to spend eternal life with god in the afterlife. Christianity identifies that the sins committed by all people are the problem for human existence. Sin in short is described as rebellion against god. So obviously when humans commit a sin and ‘rebel’ against

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