Hey folks, thanks for stopping by my latest article on Christianity. This is my latest post in a series of the worlds’ top five faiths. You most probably have been thinking about Christianity and have been wondering to yourself “just what is the Christian faith about ??” There are many reasons why one could be curious about this faith and what they know so far through :
a friend or family member;
a colleague or casual acquaintance;
information seen on T.V., social media or commercial print and online media.
Today, I hope to provide some answers for you and they will be discussed under the following headings :
- Where did Christianity come from ?
- What is it that Christians believe in ?
- So, who was Jesus Christ?
- Why are there so many different denominations of Christianity today?
- How does Christianity affect the world today?
- How can I connect to the Christian faith today?
- What is my view on the Christian faithAlso, included in this article are some of my favorite quoted passages from the bible. Please do enjoy this read courtesy of myself and don’t forget to add any questions/thoughts /comments below when you are done :))
” In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:1-2
So where did Christianity come from ?
Christianity originated in the first century in the former Roman province of Judea. This province covered an area that is now known as the southern region of modern day Israel. The original philosophical roots are found in Judaism and worship of the God of Abraham. Abraham is a recognized, central figure to Christianity and Islam also today. Leading on from this, Christianity is also referred to as an “Abrahamic” religion.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life” John 3:16
What is it that Christians believe in ?
Followers of Christianity are known as Christians and these followers have the following core beliefs :
This religion is monotheistic in that it only has one god who is all knowing, all seeing and the creator of the heavens and earth, galaxies, stars,universe etc.
This divine Godhead is made up of three parts: the father God himself, his son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit
Jesus Christ is the son of God and was sent to earth some 2000 plus years ago to be a savior to mankind.
Jesus Christ was crucified on a cross, died and rose again after three days and later ascended to heaven
They believe the purpose of Christs’ death was to be a sacrifice or offer of the forgiveness of sins
Mankind can receive forgiveness for sins by belief and acceptance of the risen Christ
Christians and Jews both embrace the old testament but only Christians accept the new testament.
Christians believe that Jesus will return to earth again in what’s known as the Second Coming
“And the came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene” Matthew 2:23
So, who was Jesus Christ?
Historians believe that Jesus was indeed a real man who was born between 2 B.C. and 7 B.C. According to text in the New Testament of the holy bible, the life of Jesus looks something like this:
Jesus was born to a young Jewish woman named Mary in Bethlehem which is south of modern day Jerusalem today. Christians believe that Marys’ pregnancy was the result of a supernatural event caused by God via the holy spirit.
Scripture reveals he grew up in Nazareth but fled to Egypt after his earthly “father” Joseph had a dream that the King of the day, Herod sought to harm the child. Further, to this, his parents later returned and settled in Nazareth after Joseph had another dream telling him that those that wished to harm him were now dead and the threat was no longer there.
Jesus was raised according to Jewish tradition and custom.
Jesus was raised according to Jewish tradition and custom.
Jesus began a public ministry at around 30 years of age after being baptized in the Jordan river by a biblical prophet named John the Baptist
Jesus eventually had 12 core disciples whom the travelled with for about three years teaching his message to large groups of people. Scripture also reports him as performing miracles such as raising a man from the dead, walking on water, healing physical ailments and restoring sight to the blind.
Much of what scholars know about Jesus comes from the New Testament of the Christian Bible.
“And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.” Matthew 2:15
Why are there so many different denominations of Christianity today?
This bit always interested me. Why are there so many different denominations of Christianity today?What is a denomination?A denomination is a distinct religious group or body within the Christian faith that can be defined by their customs, traditions or doctrine e.g. Catholic as compared to Mormon or Pentecostal.
In 1517, a German monk by the name of Martin Luther wrote and published 95 Theses. These documents criticized the Pope and certain practices of the Catholic church.Luthers’ ideas led to the reformation, a movement that attempted to reform the Catholic church. The end result out of this was that Protestantism was born and hence different denominations of the christian faith began to happen. At present there are three broad groups within Christianity Catholic, Protestant and (eastern) Orthodox. There are multiple denominations under the protestant group and they include, but are not limited to :
- Seventh-Day Adventist
- Assemblies of God
Although this list is varied, they pretty much all share the same belief and worship in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert” Isaiah 43:19
How does Christianity affect the world today?
Here are some interesting facts on how Christianity affects the world today :
The calendar we use today has the birth of Christ as central point of reference chronologically e.g. B.C. and A.D.
At present there are approximately 33,000 Christian denominations
There are approximately 2.3 billion followers worldwide and it is the most widely practiced religion in the world. This number is approximately one third of the worlds population
Jesus is mentioned more times than Muhammad in Islams’ holy book, The Quran
The King James version of the bible is credited with influencing the English language with many quotes in scripture passage now used in everyday English e.g “an eye for an eye” ; “bite the dust” ; “by the skin of your teeth ; “cast the first stone” .
In 2010,the Catholic church had an income of US$97 billion
Well known preacher Billy Graham was able to reach 215 million people with 400 crusades in 185 countries and territories across 6 continents
“as a man thinketh, so is the ” Proverbs 23:7
How can I connect to the Christian faith today?
There are multiple ways one can connect to the Christian faith today. As we all know our world abounds in free information in this day and age. You can connect by :
searching, watching or reading online materials
just going along to any local church
via family or friends that you know that maybe Christians
“the liberal soul shall be made fat and the that waters shall be watered also” Proverbs 11:25
What is my view on the Christian faith?
My view on the Christian faith is this. I will say unashamedly, the Christian faith is my faith, my love, my rock, my teacher and guiding light. It is my everything in this life. I do have my doubts, struggles and questions at times but deep down inside me I know silently just what it means to me. I think that I would have a pretty “empty” life without it or by ignoring any spiritual aspect/dimension to my life in my time on this earth.
” There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off ” Proverbs 23:18
So that’s it folks, an article that I enjoyed writing on just What is the Christian faith about. I really would like to hear your thoughts on the article as well as your reflections good or bad, on Christianity or even religion/spirituality in general. I truly hope that this article was able to assist somebody, somewhere !!
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