Welcome! The Gospel, meaning Good News, is that Jesus died and rose again, to reconcile us all to God. The reason it’s good news is because it means we need no payment or status to be saved, only faith. No matter who you are, you can be adopted as a child of God simply by accepting the Jesus who rose from the dead as your God and Savior.
A person who has done this is a Christian and has begun a new life. If we belong to God we should live our lives to please him, be humble and kind, and care for others, their property, and the natural world to the best of our ability. Beyond that, Christians are free to act and believe as they choose, provided such actions and beliefs do not conflict with these basic principles.
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The Bible must be the invention either of good men or angels, bad men or devils, or of God. However, it was not written by good men, because good men would not tell lies by saying ‘Thus saith the Lord’; it was not written by bad men because they would not write about doing good duty, while condemning sin, and themselves to hell; thus, it must be written by divine inspiration.
~ Charles Wesley, McDowell, Evidence That Demands a Verdict , 1990:178.
Christians are not distinct from the rest of men in country or language or customs. For neither do they dwell anywhere in special cities of their own nor do they use a different language, nor practice a conspicuous manner of life… the manner of conduct which they display is wonderful and confessedly beyond belief. They inhabit their own fatherland, but as sojourners; they participate in everything as citizens, and endure everything as foreigners. Every foreign country is to them a fatherland and every fatherland a foreign country… They live on the earth but their citizenship is in heaven.
~ The Epistle to Diognetus, near the end of the second century.
I freed thousands of slaves, and could have freed thousands more, if they had known they were slaves.
~ Harriet Tubman