Christianity (from the Ancient Greek word, Khristos, “Christ”, literally “anointed one”) is a monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus as presented in canonical gospels and other New Testament writings.
Adherents of the Christian faith are known as Christians.
Christianity is a religion that believes there is only one God.
Christianity is based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus was killed by being nailed to a cross (called crucifixion), under Pontius Pilate, the local Roman governor at the time.
The New Testament, a section of a book known as the Bible, tells about Jesus.
Many Christians see the Bible, both the Old Testament and New Testament as sacred.
People who believe in Christianity are called Christians (Greek Χριστιανός). They believe in one God, and they also believe that Jesus was born the Son of God and the Messiah.
Christians believe that Jesus’ birth was foretold in the Old Testament.
Christians think of Jesus Christ as a teacher, an example of how to live, and a revealer of what the Christian God teaches.
Christians also believe that Jesus is the saviour of all people.
According to Christian belief, Jesus suffered, died, and was raised from the dead to save people from sin.
They believe that Jesus went up into heaven. Most Christian groups (denominations) believe that Jesus will come back to Earth and judge everybody, both alive and dead, giving everlasting life to certain Christians. Christians call the message of Jesus Christ the Gospel or “The Good News”. The first four books of New Testament are called the gospels because of this.
It quickly grew in number of believers and influence over a few decades, and by the 4th century had become the dominant religion in the Roman Empire. During the Middle Ages, the rest of Europe mostly was Christianized. At that time, Christians were mostly a religious minority in the Middle East, North Africa, and parts of India.
Following the Age of Discovery, through missionary work and colonization, Christianity spread to the Americas and the rest of the world.
Christianity has been an important part of the shaping of Western civilization, at least since the 4th century.
As of the early 21st century, Christianity has approximately 2.2 billion followers,which is about a third of all people of Earth.
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Last updated: May 17, 2015 at 19:06 pm
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