Religion has existed for countless centuries. Christianity is one of the major religions in this world, which had people be criticized, battle in wars, and killed for, but it still survived to this day. The purpose of this paper is to study the source of the religion, recognize the teachings, observe its spread throughout the world, and to identify how it stands among people today. Approaching this paper by a factual report I will explain these major points and why we need to know about this religion and other religions that existed before our generation.
Christianity is the largest faith group in the world today. The word Christianity came from “Christ,” which meant the “Anointed One” and the central point of Christianity is that Jesus of Nazareth is “Christ.” Historically speaking, Christianity started in 30 A.D and is the root of monotheistic Judaism. (Strobel, 2007) It started in Judea, which is Israel now, with Jesus Christ and His faithful group of disciples. At this time the Jews were under the Roman power, which they disliked greatly. They were tired of being pushed around, resulting in many of them having to study cultural beliefs of Rome and others just isolated themselves into the wilderness to study Jewish Law and wait for the Messiah (Savior.) There are over 300 prophecies (predictions) that span over 1000 years that are recorded in the Old Testament about the coming of a Jewish Messiah. All these prophecies were true and even long before Jesus walked the earth; mankind knew what His mission for them was through the Word of God. (Niles, 2002)
Nevertheless, the arrival of Jesus Christ unto this earth caused many to be saved and many to hate him. Being born from the Virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit, Jesus observed the Jewish faith and knew the Law very well. In his early thirties, Jesus went around from village to village, teaching in synagogues, and healing those who were suffering spiritually and physically. He stirred many hearts and as a result had many followers, which angered the Romans and they began to think of something that would get rid of Him. Soon, a faithful group of people started following Jesus around and called him teacher, which were His disciples. Jesus taught them the will of God and helped them see that humankind is bound to experience pain and suffering as a result of their sin. And that He came to relieve them of their sins by being crucified on the cross so that whoever would believe in Him will have everlasting life.
After the crucifixion and rising of Jesus, the small group of disciples started going around and preaching about the gospel and the love of Jesus Christ throughout the territory. It only took a small group of men to spread the word of God throughout the world and the gospel message was simple: “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) Many people believe that this...