In my time learning about Christianity, I’ve found that the belief system essentially encompasses 3 basic ideas: Forgiveness, Thankfulness, and Love/Respect.
FORGIVENESS – Knowing we can be forgiven and being forgiving of others. It’s about communicating honestly and taking responsibility for your actions. It’s also about realizing that everyone is trying their best regardless of how poorly it comes across and knowing they can take responsibility for their actions when they realize the impact and negative results of their sins/mistakes.
*NOTE: Although not a requirement of forgiveness, Jesus uses himself as a device to allow those who believe in him to understand forgiveness.
THANKFULNESS – Praying is a key part of it. It’s about focusing on the positives.
LOVE/RESPECT – The Holy Trinity comes into play here. I’ve discovered it can be turned metaphorical.
– Loving the Father – or loving God is all about respecting the greater powers of the world/universe of which we do not understand – Respecting all of the external forces upon us
– Loving the Son – or loving Jesus is all about respecting other humans – Having love and respect in all inter-personal interactions
– Loving the Holy Spirit – when you have a love and respect for others and the external forces of the universe, the Holy Spirit comes upon you as an internal love or self-respect
I believe this to be the basis of what Jesus was trying to teach … the way Christianity is intended to be followed.