How Is Christianity Living and Dynamic and How Does It Answer the Enduring Questions of Life?

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Christianity is a faith based religious tradition, of which the follower is considered to be a Christian adherent. Thus, being a living tradition, Christianity is continually subject to change in accordance to the needs of the adherent and reaffirming the Christian tradition within a contemporary context. The aspects, which attribute the present existence of Christianity and its dynamism therein, include sacred texts and writings, ritual and ceremonies, beliefs and believers, and ethics. Ultimately, the aforementioned characteristics strive to form and continually validate answers to the enduring questions of life through a process of change, which simultaneously highlights Christianity as a living tradition.

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Consequently, the living and dynamic characteristic of rituals and ceremonies, which are practiced within the church, serve as an integral part of a believers life, in moulding their action and most fundamentally, their worldview of life’s enduring questions.

Tenets, dogmas, doctrines and values contain crucial ideas or beliefs that are considered genuine and highlight the self-understanding of a tradition for the believers (Coleman, 2006). The involvement of the congregation with the supernatural or sacred is a central part of religion, thus being titled as living. Through the believers’ understanding of the beliefs exemplified within the key doctrines they are able to give an expression to their lives (Our Lady of Mercy College, 2014). These members of the church must portray an empathetic approach by practically involving themselves through the worshiping, teaching and praying so that the believers reach a fundamental understanding of life order (Frame, 2008). These beliefs can be in forms of doctrines and creeds. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, a key doctrine, provides a structured overview of the professions of faith (Beginning Catholic, 2006). Pope John Paul II declared that the Catechism of the Catholic Church is “a valid and legitimate instrument for ecclesial communion and a sure norm for

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