What is Christianity?

Men and women often fail to see beyond the immediate. George Herbert illustrated this in his famous poem The Elixir

A man may look on glass,
On it may stay his eye:
Or if he pleaseth through it pass,
And then the heaven espy.

Christianity is about opening eyes and ears to the possible. It is a belief system based on a recognition that God is among us and shares our life. This is illustrated in the person of Jesus Christ who is God for us. If we need to know what God is like then we need to recognise that he has made us in his own image and that image is perfectly focused in the life and teaching of Jesus.

Christians were first called 'followers in the way'. The way refers to the pilgrimage route that took Jesus to his death and resurrection at Jerusalem. Through this experience suffering is transcended by new life. The Christian faith teaches that through a living relationship with Jesus Christ his followers will be empowered to love, forgive and be reconciled with the world and enable others to experience new life. Seeing beyond the measurable and the immediate is to give this view an eternal perspective.

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The original core of this glossary was commissioned from Canon Phillip McFadyen of St George's Colegate, in Norwich.