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A Brief History Of Christianity
Submitted by wpo1408
Thu, 1 Mar 2012

The majority of Christians believe that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Israel, the son of Jewish parents, Mary and Joseph, a carpenter, who had travelled from Nazareth to meet their annual taxes. Mary gave birth, so the story goes, on the 25th December in a stables and Christian countries mark that as the beginning of their calendar, in a similar way that Buddhists and Muslims mark the birth of their spiritual leaders as the beginning of their calendars.

However, not a lot is really known of Jesus and nothing is known about him from his own hand. The nearest we can get to him are books or gospels written some time after his death by alleged disciples. He was probably not born in the year one, or dot as it ought to have been, but four years earlier.

There is little to nothing known of him for the first thirty years of his life and then when he was thirty-two he was baptized by John the Baptist. Being Jewish himself, John the Baptist was continually on the look out for the Messiah and he saw Jesus as that Messiah.

Jesus was unlike other ministers of the time in that he worked mainly among the poor, although it is very unsure that he came from a poor family himself. He was after all from the House of David, the ruling royal family of the day and age.

Within a few years of ministering to the poor and proclaiming himself the son of God, he was arrested by the Roman and Jewish ruling class and, as the majority of Christians believe|, crucified. After three days he arose from the grave and after forty days his spirit ascended into Heaven to sit at the right hand of his father, God.

Christians see their Bible as an augmentation of Judaism rather than a denial or a breaking away from it. It is to be hoped for that the first followers of Jesus were poo-pooed by traditional Jewish leaders as a break-away sect and in numerous ways that is what Christianity still is to this day, although it now has more adherents than Judaism.

The Christian Bible is in two parts, the Old Testament, which correlates to the Jewish Bible or Masorah and the New Testament, which relates to the time after Jesus' birth which is not included in the Masorah.

The most important part of the New Testament by far is the gospels according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Every one of these gospels presents Jesus, his life and his doctrines from the personal point of view of the writer, all of them having been one of Jesus' disciples.

The basis of Christian belief is: 1] that Jesus was the personification of God on Earth; 2] penitence - ie that Jesus' death atoned for the sins of all mankind in eternity, so that we can all go to Heaven; 3] that the one God has three aspects: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost.

After that it gets a bit complicated.

Owen Jones, the author of this piece, writes on a variety of subjects, but is now involved with native religious beliefs. If you would like to know more go to What is Religious Belief?

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