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Christadelphianism is a monotheistic (belief in one-God) and non-trinitian (denial of the Trinity) religion that originated in Britain and North America in the 19th century. A major difference between Christianity is the rejection of the Trinity and the eternal existence of Jesus Christ in Christadelphianism. There are approximately 50,000 Christadelphians in 130 countries.
History of Christadelphianism
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Christadelphians base their beliefs on their interpretation of the Bible. Christadelphians believe:
- That God is the creator of all things and the father of true believers. He is a separate being from his son, Jesus Christ
- The Holy Spirit is not a person, but the power of God used in creation and for salvation, and at certain times in history has been given to believers.
- Jesus is the promised Messiah, in whom the prophecies and promises of the Old Testament (particularly those to Abraham and David) find their fulfilment. Jesus is the Son of Man, in that he inherited sin-prone human nature from his mother, and Son of God by virtue of his miraculous conception by the power of God. Although tempted, he committed no sin, and was therefore a perfect representative sacrifice to bring salvation to sinful mankind. God raised him to immortality, and he ascended to Heaven, God's dwelling place. Jesus will return in person to establish the kingdom of God on earth. His throne will be in Jerusalem and he will be king over the restored kingdom of God in Israel. Jesus will also rule over the whole earth.
- People become disciples of Christ only by belief in his teachings, by repentance, and through baptism by total immersion in water. Although saved by faith in God's grace, real faith will manifest in works, thus the disciple should seek to live a life consistent with Bible teaching.
Christadelphians reject a number of doctrines traditionally held by the mainstream Christian denominations, notably the
- Immortality of the soul
- The Trinity
- The pre-existence of Christ
- Wikipedia - Christadelphianism
- Wikisource - Christadelphianism
- CARM - Christadelphianism
- Christadelphians Are Wrong.com Includes information on the doctrine that through obedience men will become gods, which is shared with Mormon doctrine.
- One-gospel.org - A Christadelphian website