The Christian Walk

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God according to the Bible is characterized not just as Creator, but also as the "Heavenly Father". Although Scripture does not describe God systematically, it does provide a poetic depiction of God and His relationship with people. Some people believe that the Bible should be viewed as humanity's view of God, but theologian Abraham Joshua Heschel described the Biblical God as "anthropopathic", which means that one should read the Bible as God's view of humanity, and not as humanity's view of God.

The New Testament provides an implicit theology as it teaches that God interacted directly with people, in the person of Jesus, and that he subsequently sent the Holy Spirit. In this view, God becomes someone that can be seen and touched, and may speak and act in a manner easily perceived by humans, while also remaining transcendent and invisible. This may appear to be a radical departure from the concepts of God found in Hebrew Bible.

Most Christians believe the New Testament's statements regarding the nature of God can be directly codified into the doctrine of the Trinity.

Most Christians identify Jesus as the Messiah. This view holds that Jesus' coming was the fulfilment of Old Testament prophecy and the inauguration of God's Kingdom. Jesus was anointed as ruler and saviour not only of the Jewish people, but of all humankind.

Most Christians believe that Jesus is "true God and true man". Jesus is believed to have become fully human in all respects, including mortality, and to have suffered the pains and temptations of mortal man, yet without having sinned. From being true God he was capable of breaking the bonds of death and rising up again through what is known as the resurrection.

Most Christians believe that God is one single eternal being who exists...