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"For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
Christianity came to existence with Jesus of Narazeth, a gentle Jewish teacher who claimed to be the Son of God, the Messiah for whom Jews had long awaited. Many people were attracted to his teachings and devotion to God. However Roman and Jewish leaders were not among them, and so in 30 C.E Jesus was crucified. His followers believed that he rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, and Christianity was born.
Born in Bethlehem, Jesus was a Galilean from Nazareth. He was born to Joseph and Mary, but according to the scriptures Joseph was only his father legally. Mary was a virgin when she conceived Jesus, and she was found to
be with the child of the Holy Spirit. In Luke, it's stated that Jesus was a very smart child but no other passages about his childhood or early life. As a young adult he was baptized by John the Baptist and shortly initiated his ministry of teachings and healing. In his mid-30s Jesus was well know around Israel and attracted many people alot of attention. Possibly around 30 A.D, Jesus went to Jerusalem for Passover, which is decribed to be an triumphant entrance. While he remained there, Jesus was arrested, tried and executed. It's know that Jesus arose from death on the third say; his disciples became convinced that He still lives. They converted others to believe in Him, and Christianity became a new religion
Christianity is based on both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. Christians believed that
is the Son of God and that forgiveness of sins, and everlasting life is achievable only through belief in divinity, death and resurrection of Christ. Christians is that the world was made by a personal and sovereign God like Judaism, but the world has fallen from harmony with God's will. As the Son of God, Christ was the link between God and human beings. Human beings are expected to seek to know God, to worship Him and to practice love and service to Him and other human beings. The message of Jesus and his disciples seemed clear: There was a single God who loved humankind despite earthly sin. Many early Christians also belief that it was their duty to share this message with the unconverted as do many Christians do today.
For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the appearance of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a command, with the voice of an archangel, and with a trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air." (1 Thessalonians 4:15–17)
Spread of Christianity:
In the early days, Christianity was spread by the disciples of Jesus and by Paul of Taursus. Paul originally was an extreme anti-Christian, who was converted by a vision of Christ and became a principle figure in spreading the new religion. With it's emphasis on compassion, grace through faith, and the promise of eternal life regardless of personal circumstances, Christianity appealed widely to the lower classes and women. By the third century C.E, Christianity had become the most influential religion in the Mediterranean Basin. Following a period of persecution, it became legal within and the official religion of the Roman Empire; it continue to branch Northward and Westward into regions beyond the boundaries of the Roman Empire.
Initially Judaism and Christianity were tolerated by Romans, as long as they didnt interfere with the functioning of the empire. However Jewish resistance to Roman control led to suppression. As apostles of Jesus and missionaries extended the influence of Christianity. Romans began to see the new religion and its leaders as threats to both paganism and their power. Christianity was a new religion it was completely opposite ideas and thoughts from the Romans, but the Emperors declined the idea and soon enough, it was banned from the people; soon Christianity had become illegal. Two hundred years later, nothing had changed, until a new emperor, Constantine, stepped up, stopped the persecutions and changed Rome into a Christian empire .
Branches of Christianity
In 1517, a German Monk, Martin Luther nailed a doctrine with 95 theses to a door of a Christian church in Wittenberg to protest claims made by papel representative in selling grants of salvation for money. As his protest went on, he set up his own church, The Lutheran which had some aspects of Christianity, but said that the Bible should be in Latin and monasticism was wrong. The Lutheran version of Protestantism wanted state control of the church and believed that monasteries should be abolished.
Another branch of Christianity set up is Calvanism, which insisted on God's prior determination of those to be saved. Many people accepted Calvanism, like Switzerland, Germany, France, and etc.
The Angelican church was another branch, which was set up by King Henry the Eighth to challenge papel attempts to enforce his marriage.
A new form of religion also came about out of Christianity, which is Jesuits. This was a new religious order that was active in politics, education, and missionary works.
Christianity is more than a system of beliefs; it has created a culture, ways of life that have been handed down generations since Jesus Christ became the object of faith; this culture enabled people to become free and independent
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