Since “Words” in this website generally just addresses topics that I find different (Biblically), from what most churches teach and not the entire Bible message. “Basics” fills in a general understanding of Christianity, similar to what most Christian churches preach, teach and do a better job of explaining. I have included this short overview to help someone who isn’t very informed on Christianity, hoping this can fill in some gaps, until you can go to another site, talk to a pastor or better yet, read the Bible for yourself. "Basics" is of course, my understanding of Christianity from my study of God's word.
The purpose of the Bible and Christianity is to provide the possibility of salvation
for all people. This was needed when Adam chose to sin after Creation, causing his
descendants to be born into a sinful environment, "And He drove the man out. And
He caused to dwell the cherubs at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming
sward whirled around to guard the way of the Tree of Life." (Genesis 3:24), "For
the wages of sin is death…" (Romans 6:23), so God’s plan for salvation was set in
motion. The Creator established a temporary sacrificial system (death of one of the
prescribed animals) that allowed a substitution in place of the sinner himself for
the required price for sin. God also established a group of people, the Israelites
to serve as an example to all other peoples, and gave them the responsibility of
being priest to the world, "And you shall become a kingdom of priests for Me, a holy
nation..." (Exodus 19:6), to show by action and to share the knowledge of God with
all peoples. By their example of performance, the other nations could see that when
the Israelites kept God’s word they were blessed and when the drifted away from God’s
guidelines, protection and blessings were lost. The Temple where the Israelites worshiped
was a representation of the Heavenly Sanctuary “Minister of the holies, and of the
true tabernacle which the Lord pitched, and not men.” (Hebrews 8:2). The sacrifices
executed in the earthly sanctuary, was a shadow of the perfect sacrifice to come,
Throughout the Old Testament, God’s chosen people (Israelites) proved, for all the nations to see that it was impossible for man to perfectly keep God’s laws and that we need a helping, guiding, strengthening hand, because the powers of Satan are too overwhelming for us. The prophets of the Old Testament spoke of the promised Messiah (Savior) and shared particulars as to what will take place at His appearance (the first advent of Christ), so there wouldn’t be any question when Christ Jesus arrived. The Christ of God arrived on time, as Daniel (the Prophet) predicted, mid in the 2300 year Prophecy, but most chose to ignore Him, despite His timely arrival. Christ accomplished the tasks He was given by His Father, God, calling the Israelites, first, then everyone else, to repentance, also to pay the price of our sins on the cross and to lead the way home to God's kingdom, for those who chose to follow Christ. The death of Jesus on the cross ended the temporary sacrificial system because Christ's atonement was sufficient to pay the price, once and for all, for our confessed and repented sins.
Instead of working on our own to satisfy the requirement of God’s laws, to achieve the righteousness needed, we are now to rely on Christ as our guide of character and to rely on His strength to accomplish righteousness, because He was perfect in the law. The 10 Commandments remain valid as a guide to righteousness and is only a law to those who don’t see the purity that it represents. Taking on the character of Christ and accepting Jesus as our Shepherd and personal Savior, reveals that the law is a blessing to all that honor its content. It is imperative we understand and know that sin cannot enter God’s Kingdom and anyone holding onto sin will be destroyed at the end of the 1000 years rest period for this earth, which starts when Jesus descends the second time to collect those who chose to seek God with all their heart and to follow Christ's guide. The end of time starts with a complete purification of earth, land and people, then those who chose to cleanse themselves by the strength of Christ, enter eternity in the kingdom of God, having been secured in righteousness.
Of course there is much, much more to this tale of earth and its human inhabitants, which is presented in a multitude of layers for us to study and learn in God's word. History repeats itself; this was by God’s design, to help us calculate understanding of the most important part of our future, securing our place with God and His heavenly host. All those not in the Book of Life will be lost, “And as it was in the days of Noah, so also it will be in the days of the Son of man.” (Luke 17:26). Consider, that only 8 souls were saved from the “flood”, the rest were lost and Noah preached of the coming of the flood for 120 years. The 8 souls were of Noah’s family, shouldn’t you choose to be of the family of God? There is so much to learn from this most valuable, life saving book, the Bible. One cannot grasp it all in a lifetime but the more we learn, the wiser and the surer our salvation will be. Blindness is choosing not to see (know and understand), what is given to us by the Word of God. We need to read its entire contents, if we care to know the entire story and seek our future with God. The short time here on this old earth is for preparing ourselves for the eternity that God promises.