|Regenesis uses eternal
principles in innovative ways to bring harmony to
homeowner associations. These eternal principles are
drawn from The Bible. Besides being the most widely
read book ever written, it's God's plan for bringing
harmony to the world by charting a moral course for
daily living and opening the door to eternal life in
The Regenesis logo is a triangle enclosing a twelve
pointed star. The triangle represents God in three
aspects: Father (Creator), Son (Jesus) and Holy
Spirit. The star represents the twelve disciples
chosen by Jesus to share his gospel (the Good News).
Jesus (God in human form) came to Earth to
establish a new way for all to live in harmony with
him. He was born through a human mother, Mary, and a
spiritual father, the Holy Spirit.
Christmas is celebrated as his birthday which took place in the
town of Bethlehem in modern day Israel. The place and
timing of his birth was foretold in The Bible. To read
more about this, read
Jesus grew up in a working class Jewish family. His
step father Joseph was a carpenter who taught Jesus
the trade. His mother had several other children by
Joseph. There is little written about Jesus' childhood
other than a trip to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover
where he ended up conversing with the Temple priests
who were amazed at his depth of scriptural knowledge.
He started his mission in his early thirties. Since
many knew him as the son of a carpenter, his claims of
deity and ability to perform miracles were met with
skepticism and anger. Yet, he convinced many by his
words and actions that he was who he claimed to be.
The Bible has been produced in many versions. The
Christian Bible is divided into the Old Testament
(Before Christ writings) and the New Testament (After
Christ writings). While Protestant versions of The
Bible compile 66 different books, other denominations
have more or fewer books based on decisions made by
church leaders centuries ago. Here is an overview of
- Who wrote/compiled/edited the first five
books of the Bible? Click
- Who wrote/compiled/edited the various histories
in the Old Testament? Click
- Who wrote/compiled/edited the
"prophetic" books (Isaiah, Jeremiah,
etc.) and the wisdom literature (Psalms, Proverbs,
etc.) in the Old Testament? Click
- Who wrote/compiled/edited the various New
Testament Books? Click
- Who decided which books should be included
and which excluded from the Bible? Why are there
differences in the Bibles for Catholics,
Protestants, and Jews? Click
God created the Universe, Earth and all living things
on it including humankind, his special creation. God
created Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, who
lived with him in the Garden
of Eden. Eden was located near the confluence of
the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers in what is now Iraq.
God provided for all their needs and gave them total
freedom to enjoy his creation with one exception: They
were never to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of
Good and Evil. However, they disobeyed and were exiled
from the Garden out into the world to fend for
themselves. This disobedience is sometimes called the
Original Sin and it has tainted all of us. We're all
born with a "sin nature", a spirit of
rebellion against God, as were Adam and Eve.
God gave us all a free will: we can accept or
reject him and his authority. The temptations of the
world, like power and wealth, causes many of us to
reject him in favor of self fulfillment. But those
that obey him are rewarded by a life full of
incredible peace and richness plus a promise of an
To reestablish a close relationship with mankind,
God came into the world as a man named Jesus. Jesus
was born around 4-6 B.C. (Before Christ). (Early
Christian scholars set Year One on the year Jesus was
believed to have been born, however, the current
thinking is that Jesus was actually born several years
Before Jesus came to earth, God revealed himself
many times to his "chosen people", the Jews.
He showed himself to Moses, led the Jewish people out
of Egyptian slavery and provided for them in
miraculous ways as they wandered for forty years in
the Sinai Desert. In spite of the fact that the Jews
were God's chosen for special revelation and to obey
his laws, they repeatedly disobeyed and were punished
Jesus entered the world to teach a new way to
commune with God. Beginning around 27 A.D. at around
age 30, Jesus taught extensively in Judea which is in
modern day Israel. He performed many miracles
water into wine, feeding
5000 people on a few loaves of bread and fish and raising
Lazarus from the dead.
After three years of ministry, Jesus was killed by
the Romans when a Jewish mob was incited by the
Sanhedrin (Jewish religious tribunal) and demanded
death by crucifixion. This event was
predicted by the Bible centuries earlier. In fact, it
was the summation of his ministry. Previous to his
coming, the Jews performed many different kinds of
sacrifices to pay homage to God. But none of these
overcame or paid for the sin of Adam and Eve in the
Garden of Eden. Jesus came to make the ultimate
sacrifice with his own life. Jesus allowed himself to
be crucified. As he hung in agony between two
criminals who were also crucified for high
crimes against Rome, one mocked him while the other
asked his forgiveness. Jesus responded to the second
criminal, "I tell you the truth. Today you will
be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:43) Several
other examples of God's forgiveness are described in
the Parable of
the Prodigal Son and the Parable
of the Sower.
Three days after his death by crucifixion, Jesus
was resurrected (came alive again) and was seen by
over 500 witnesses. His death and resurrection was his
way of initiating a new promise to humankind: Whoever
believes that he is God, that he died to pay for our
sins and accepts his invitation will be rewarded with
eternal life in heaven. Those that reject him will
live apart from him. This apartness, called
"hell", is often satirized as devils with
forked tails living in eternal fire. It is, however,
no laughing matter. One author chillingly described
hell as "eternity in a solitary void to
contemplate life without God".
After his resurrection and a brief time with
followers, Jesus resumed his place in heaven, leaving
the Holy Spirit to guide believers in right living and
understanding of his will and plan. He promised to
return at a time of his choosing to judge each person
according to belief or non-belief in him.
Core Christian Beliefs
Although Christians debate some relatively unimportant
doctrines (principles), core principles that should
not be debated are:
- The Trinity - One God with Three Aspects:
Father, Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit.
- Jesus Christ is the Messiah (deliverer of
mankind) predicted in the Bible.
- The Bible is complete, without error and records
God's plan for humanity.
- God's willingness to forgive and take us back
alone grants us the opportunity for eternal life
with Him. None can earn it by doing "good
- Jesus alone opened the door by paying the price
for our sins with his death.
- Jesus will return someday to judge each of us
according to our acceptance or rejection of Him.
- Believers are commanded to share the Gospel
(good news) of how we can live an eternal life
- Jesus's invitation is open to all of humanity.
It is not limited to any race or culture. Jesus
wants all to follow him, and him alone.
Was Jesus Christ God? If he was, then you can
believe everything he said. And if he wasn't, then he
was just another man like Confucius, Buddha, Mohammed,
Socrates, and Moses - with one exception. He must have
been crazy and the hundreds of followers who saw him
after his resurrection must also have been lunatics.
But his words and actions, and those of his disciples
are not those of lunatics. His disciples
suffered horrible torture, persecution and death
convinced he was God. Thousands more through the ages
that never met him personally suffered and died in
that belief. Even his enemies witnessed the miracles
he performed and admitted that "No one spoke as
Jesus is indeed God. The Bible foretold his coming
and he came. He said many times he was God. Examples:
"If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father
(God)" and "No one comes to the Father but
through Me". This claim of deity is unique to
Jesus. Confucius, Buddha, Mohammed and the rest were
God's creations. Jesus is God, the creator of the
universe and all that's in it. BIG difference.
A Changed Life Those that believe in Jesus as God
experience a profoundly changed life, turning away
from self centered behavior and becoming what God intended.
The result is fulfillment and peace in this life and
an eternal joy in the next life. Not a bad trade.
How is the Christian Church organized? There are
different styles of church organization. Often, there
is a volunteer board of church members which handles
administrative tasks. If the church is large enough,
paid employees handle priestly and clerical tasks. A
priest hosts church services which run from unadorned
Bible teachings to highly traditional ritualistic
events. The priest may or may not be the leader of the
Some Christian churches are self-governing
(independent). Others are part of a larger
organization which have various levels of hierarchy
(state, region, country, continent).
What are the Major Denominations of Christianity?
Protestants. In the early 16th century, Martin Luther,
a German priest and professor of theology, nailed a
list of objections to the doctrines of the Roman
Catholic Church on his church door. The Pope demanded
he stop the challenge under threat of excommunication
(exiled permanently from the Catholic church). Luther
refused and set in motion the Protestant Reformation
which split the Western Church.
Protestants are the dominant religion in Germany,
England, Northern Ireland, The Netherlands,
Scandinavia, USA, Canada (except Quebec), Australia
and South Africa. Major Protestant groups include
Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, Anglican/Episcopalian,
Presbyterian and Evangelical.
Beliefs Protestants are agreed on their rejection
of the Pope as a supreme authority. Protestants point
to the Bible and particularly the New Testament for
beliefs. They advocate regular Bible teaching.
Protestant church services are not as formal as
Catholic services and always held in the local
language. Protestant priests (sometimes called
ministers or pastors) are allowed to marry. There is
no reverence of Mary and Saints as in the Catholic
tradition and icon worship as in Eastern Orthodox
Protestant church services range from formal
Episcopalian/Anglican services, which are almost
carbon copies of Catholic services, to the informal
services of certain Bible Study groups. Some groups
have a relaxed approached while other groups are
extremely rigid, even to the point of specifying dress
and hairstyles. Music can vary greatly from old
traditional hymns to contemporary. Protestant church
architecture varies a lot as well from elaborate
cathedrals to home churches.
Protestant "Bible Churches" stress the
study of the Bible. Christians believe that the Bible
is the total and infallible word of God. There is no
higher or greater truth. Sermons in "Bible
Churches" explain the original intent and meaning
of Biblical passages. Children attend Sunday School
which includes age appropriate Bible centered
education. Teenagers join youth groups which mixes
Bible-based education with social activities. Men,
women and couples meet for Bible Studies and
fellowship gatherings are held.
There are many denominations (divisions) of the
Protestant Church and there are thousands of
"independent" churches which belong to no
denomination. Here are some of them found in America:
- Accept the basic beliefs of the Protestant
Reformation (saved by faith in Jesus and His grace
alone-no one can "earn" eternal life),
the absolute authority of the Bible, and that each
believer should share the Good News. Have added
other beliefs and practices, including water
baptism of believers, the separation of church and
state, and the autonomy of the local church.
- Originally from Switzerland and Holland,
Mennonites are commonly found in Pennsylvania,
Ohio and Indiana. They are liberal cousins of the
Amish. Mennonites are known for home-building
teams that visit recovering disaster areas.
- Found in distinctive colonies in Lancaster,
Pennsylvania, and in North Central Ohio and a few
other places, the Amish are known for rejection of
the world and its technology.
are found strongly in Scotland and Pennsylvania.
They emphasize local church leadership and range
from conservative to liberal groups.
in Great Britain)
worship in a very similar way to Roman Catholics,
but do not accept the Pope as their spiritual
are somewhere between Baptists and Anglicans, and
have a generally liberal social view. They are
strong in the USA. Methodists emphasize service to
the poor and have worldwide missions.
emphasize spiritual "gifts" like
speaking in tongues (prayer language
unintelligible to all but the person speaking it),
healing and the emotional side of the religion.
Day Adventists emphasize Saturday as sabbath
(God's holy day) as do the Jew
Catholicism. Based in Vatican City, an
independent country of less than 200 acres located
within Rome, Italy. The head of the Roman Catholic
Church is The Pope. Under The Pope, Cardinals
rule various regions and countries. Bishops rule
under the Cardinals and local churches have
priests. Today, the Roman Catholic Church is the
dominant religion in Italy, Ireland, Scotland,
France, Spain, Portugal, South America, Central
America, Northern USA, Philippines, Austria,
Switzerland and Poland. Catholic schools are found
throughout the world and are generally known for a
high level of education.
Catholics believe that The Pope is infallible (without
error) in matters of faith, God's spokesman on Earth,
and must be obeyed. Mary, the mother of Jesus, is
highly venerated, as are other "Saints"
(deceased men and women who are believed to have
performed miracles.) Catholics practice infant baptism
(immersing in water to "wash" away sins).
Catholics practice confession to priests.
Eastern Orthodoxy In the 3rd century A.D., the
Roman Empire split into two parts. The Western Empire
was ruled from Rome, while the Eastern Empire was
ruled from Constantinople, present day Istanbul,
Turkey. The dividing line was roughly the present day
division between Croatia and Serbia. The Western
Empire spoke Latin, while the Eastern Empire spoke
The Roman Catholic Church split in the 10th century
and the Eastern Church became known as Eastern
Orthodox led by Patriarchs (senior Bishops) in
Constantinople (later known as Byzantium), Antioch,
Jerusalem, Ephesus, Damascus, Alexandria, and others.
Later, Kiev and Moscow became important centers in
Russia. Today, under these Patriarchs are
Metropolitans, followed by Bishops and Priests. The
Eastern Orthodox church is now the dominant religion
in Greece, Serbia, Russia, Ukraine and Rumania.
Beliefs Compared to the Western Church, the
Orthodox church is a more personal religion and
emphasizes mystic experience. Since there is no
overall ruler equivalent to the Pope, individual
groups have varying beliefs. Most Orthodox households
have a small icon of Jesus, perhaps with Mary.
Other Branches of Christianity:
How does Christianity compare to other religions?
the direct ancestor of Christianity. Christianity
diverged from Judaism in approximately 30 A.D.
Christians consider most of the Jewish writings to
this time as the Christian Old Testament. The Bible
writings about Jesus Christ are known as the New
Testament. Of those writings, the Book
of Matthew is an excellent introduction to Jesus.
of Hebrews is intended specifically for Jews.
takes the elements of Jewish and Christian history and
adds the writings of Mohammed from The Koran.
Christians and Jews are considered far above the rest
of humanity spiritually by most Moslems. Moslems
consider The Koran to be the spiritual document
intended for the Arabs and the Old Testament to be the
spiritual document intended for Jews.
teaches that life is suffering and to eliminate
suffering, one must eliminate desires which cause
suffering. Christianity agrees with this to a point.
However, Christians do not accept that life means
suffering. Buddhism also teaches that multiple
"reincarnations" result in a soul which
attains Nirvana, an ultimate state of disinterested
wisdom and compassion. Christians look forward to a
single resurrection and joyful eternal life with God.
that there are many Gods and many ways to God.
Christianity teaches the way to God is narrow. Jesus
said "I am the way, the truth and the life...no
one comes to the Father except by Me". In others
word, belief in Jesus as God, His teachings and
mission is the only way to eternal life.
What are the key life teachings of Christianity?
Besides belief in an afterlife and one God composed of
three parts (Father, Son and Holy Spirit),
Christianity has some strong guidelines for every day
- Treat every person as you would like to be
- Follow God's instruction and your life will be
better by making you the way he intended...unique
and better able to resist the power of sin.
- Reliance on God gives a peace "beyond human
- Be more concerned with Godly behavior than
power, wealth, etc.
- Be kind to your enemies.
- Don't get too attached to this world. The best
is yet to come.
- Being a Christian is a personal decision. It
can't be forced or inherited.
- Sharing the Good News
Jesus spoke of "sharing the good news".
The Good News is that we have an eternity of joy
awaiting us if we choose it. Jesus came to offer both
a changed life here and an eternal life afterwards.
But each person must make a personal decision to
follow Him. You never know when your life on earth
What Now? Why not consider starting your eternal
journey using this Roadmap
for New Christians? It explains that Christianity is
both faith and process. A focused process will help
you grow in faith.