Since the beginning of time, man has questioned God’s existence. While there are groups of people who believe that God exists, there are others who deny the presence of such a being. Religion and God are not words that can be used interchangeably. Religion is actually a belief system that incorporates symbols and traditions that unite groups of people. In addition to beliefs, a religion is an organized group of people with members who are in charge of gathering followers together. Holy books that contain scriptures provide the basis for belief and action of the devout follower of any religion. While some religions allow for quiet, passive faith, others believe that it is necessary to observe complex traditions and ceremonies to be devout. It is best to read what is written in Ephesians 2.
In the first century, Christianity stemmed from a Jewish sect. While Christianity spread slowly through Asia Minor, Syria, and Egypt, it is rooted in the Eastern Mediterranean coast of the Middle East. At the close of the fourth century, the Roman Empire acknowledged Christianity as a major religion. To follow the teachings of Jesus, Christians opened schools, churches, and hospitals as well as other charities. These establishments were used by Christians to share Jesus’s message.
The belief in one God and the teachings of Jesus Christ is the basis for Christianity. Christian is the term given to those who follow this faith. Testament writings about Christ’s life and teachings form the basis of Christianity. The New Testament, the Bible that focus on the world after the birth of Jesus, is the heart of Christianity. While it is not the focus, Christians still read the Old Testament as well. Christianity guides its followers with the knowledge that Christ is humanity’s savior and God’s only son. Christ died for the sins of man, causing him to be seen not only as the son of God, but as a martyr. Jesus Christ is known by many names: Christ, Messiah, or the savior. To say there is only one type of Christianity is an over simplification. With over two billion followers, Christianity is a major world religion. Christians believe in the Bible as their religious text and attend church. While God and Jesus are the primary beings of Christianity, the Pope is the human head of the Christian faith. It is also important to read the massage from Romans 5:9.
Christians believe in spiritual growth. Reading the bible is a simple foundation of spiritual growth. Additionally, a path to spiritual growth is attending weekly church services. Daily prayer is essential to spiritual growth.
Christians typically celebrate events in Jesus’s life such as his birth and resurrection. Attending church is the traditional manner in which Christians memorialize these events. Sadly, over the years these events have been commercialized with gift giving by Santa or the Easter Bunny.
Throughout the centuries, everything from art to architecture has been inspired by Christianity. To serve today’s vast Christian culture, newspapers that operate and present current events with a Christian perspective. Christianity has been explored through documentaries and popular movies.