Christianity in brief
[Jesus] is the refulgence of God’s glory,
the very imprint of his being,
and he sustains all things by his mighty word.
— Hebrews 1⋅3
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
— Revelation 22⋅13
Christ became man that man might become God.
— St. Athanasius
The English word religion
comes from the Latin religio
whose roots re+ligare
tie/draw-tight/close-the-contract again”. This implies a bond between
and us has been broken, and needs to be repaired.
ianity teaches that this separation
is caused by a fundamental choice on humanity's part for selfishness.
We are born broken, and cannot repair ourselves.
Our union with God can be repaired by God alone,
- In his birth and in his teachings, Christ has descended from the
unlimited reality of God and entered the finite reality of humanity,
becoming human like us: he brings the divinity down to humanity.
- In his suffering, death, and resurrection, Christ rises from the
finite reality of humanity to the infinite reality of God, but not alone: he carries humanity
into union with the divinity.
This union is possible only if Christ is both human and divine:
Christ brings about something new
- Unless he is human, he does
not bring humanity to God.
- Unless he is divine, he cannot bring humanity to God.
something more glorious
we had before! As St. Paul writes, we shall bear the likeness
of the man from heaven
. St. John writes that we shall be like God, for
we shall see him as he is
. St. Peter writes that we will participate in the divine nature.
As such, a Christian ought to live not as as though s/he resembles the
dust, but as though s/he resembles God!
Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. — Matthew 5⋅48