Christian Faith

The Roman Empire & Christianity January 20, 2012

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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.

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Making Peace Between the Worlds of Christianity and Yoga

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You may have heard otherwise, but it is not a conflict of interest or of faith to practice Yoga while maintaining one’s Christianity. Because Yoga is not a religion itself, it does not work against one of the main Commandments of Christianity. It is important to read what is written in Romans 5:9.

Of course, that statement may ring true to some and very false to others. Those who disagree with the two things co-existing may frequently call Yoga the work of some sort of evil people. The exercise of Yoga has even been said to be the product of the devil or one of his evil minions.

Those who make these sorts of claims, however, seem to be stuck far in the past. They do not see the irony in calling out Yoga while tacitly acknowledging and accepting the meditation practices that have been undergone by priests and preachers for over a thousand years. The critics of incorporating Yoga into Christianity would likely be people for whom meditation would be only an excuse to indulge heavily in the most foul thoughts.

It may be that the critics have only heard about one particular type of Yoga. Some versions of the exercise do include elements or teachings of either Buddhism or Hinduism. Of course, this is just one particular way of practicing Yoga, and it is easy to select a variety that doesn’t even reference religion in its works.

Yoga and meditation are not limited to Christians or Hindus or any other faith. It’s impossible to classify Yoga as a product or inspiration for any specific religion. It is an exercise that is relevant and yet non-specific to all faiths.

Taking just One new man Christianity as an example, you can see that the Ten Commandments actually fit right in with the primary principles of Yoga exercise (or, if you prefer, the Yoga principles happen to fall in line with the Ten Commandments). If you ask people who participate in Yoga how it interacts with their faith, you’ll often find that these people claim that the Yoga actually helps to get a deeper and more meaningful connection to God. The continuous hand-wringing and negative portrayals of Yoga don’t seem to be stopping anytime soon, though, so those who take part in the exercise should try that much harder to show the best face of Yoga that they can.

Each person on this planet has their own way of believing in the faith they have chosen, and it is important to recognize that not everyone in the world is going to agree with the way that you think. Our world is getting increasingly smaller as we grow in population, and it does no one any good to start making broad accusations about the way someone else chooses to practice their faith. Rather than working toward intolerance, it would benefit everyone and be the greatest act of charity if we could simply let bygones and differences be just bygones and differences.

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Christian Books: Leading The Way To Christianity’s History

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In the past several years, many books with Christian bases, both fiction and non-fiction, have found a place on bestseller lists. “Purpose Driven Life” and “The DaVinci Code” are key examples of recent Christianity based literature. That Christian books have become so trendy is the result of a shift in culture; a large number of people have begun to appreciate the history and teachings of One new man Christianity even if they do not subscribe to the religion themselves.

The issue arises when those who do proclaim to be Christians cannot tell the difference between fictional based in some Christian principles, and books based upon actual facts. It is easy to read fictional bestsellers, such as “The DaVinci Code,” and take them as a statement of fact. This can inadvertently cause Christians who do not fully understand Christian history to believe untruths about their religion. The sheer power that books like these hold to influence society cause certain questions to arise. Why, for instance, do churches not require more education regarding Christianity’s history to be a part of new member courses or confirmation classes?

Modern Christianity is obviously coping with some problematic factors in contemporary society. This article will look at two particular issues facing today’s Christians.

Both of these major issues lie within Christianity itself. The problems internal to Christianity have two distinct sections: a shortage of fellowship with other Christians, and an insufficient knowledge of the Bible and Christian history. You may read what is written in Romans 5:9.

In the Christian religion, the Bible is thought to be God’s Word, and it functions as the basis for all Christian teachings and tenets. Less than half of self-proclaimed Christians, some market research has found, read and study the Bible even once each month. Without being in the Word regularly, Christians will inevitably begin to forget even some of the most basic scriptures and stories in the Bible. This issue of insufficient Biblical study points to a valid question. If Christians are lacking in knowledge of their own beliefs, how are they to know when facts in other texts are not based in the Gospel?

It is important for Christians to engage in fellowships with others who share their beliefs. This time together allows Christians to encourage one another’s walks with God, and to discuss any questions or concerns they may have about their faith. According to the same market research study mentioned previously, less than 30% of churchgoing Christians regularly attend a Sunday School class. This is problematic, as Sunday School is a primary method of fellowship, and is available at almost every church.

Christians make make an effort to spend time praying about these issues both alone and with other Christians. Once the Christian community addresses these internal problems, they will be stronger and more effective at delivering their message worldwide.

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Sharing your Faith in Creative Ways

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While it is not a traditional means of witnessing, Christian clothing brands have experienced a recent surge in popularity. Christian teens and youth are the demographic most interested in Christ-inspired attire.

Christian clothing provides a built-in means of witnessing for those who would prefer a less “in-your-face” method than handing out tracts. In the modern world, One new man Christian attire is not only comprised of t-shirts, but a multitude of other clothing styles as well; consumers can choose from a wide range of options including swimsuits and hoodies.

For those interested in purchasing Christian attire, the availability of such a vast range of clothing styles has opened up an entirely new world of shopping. By simply opening an internet browser, contemporary Christians have access to a full wardrobe declaring their beliefs. Donning Christian attire gives modern Christians the opportunity to relatively discreetly share their faith with anyone they may encounter on a daily basis. The Christian apparel industry has allowed modern Christians to develop an entirely new facet to witnessing that smoothly integrates into modern culture.

Some market research studies have determined that Christian clothing, particularly t-shirts, are so popular among American teens in certain areas of the country that they outsell mall brands and apparel licensed by professional sports teams. These Christian teens are the lifeblood of the Christian apparel industry. In fact, it is not uncommon for church youth groups to create custom shirts and other apparel to promote their organization.Church-endorsed summer camps are another frequent venue for custom t-shirts; campers can amass quite a collection of these if they obtain one every year they attend camp. The aforementioned market research study also determined that over half of young-adults surveyed would not be opposed to donning spiritually based clothing if it promoted a belief they strongly adhere to. Religious teens have discovered a valid, modern means of witnessing through Christian clothing; wearing it allows them to passively evangelize to their high schools, universities, and communities. It is important to read what is written in Ephesians 2.

The majority of Christian clothing providers, though, focus on fully-grown men and women, infants and toddlers, as well as teenager. The majority of Christian apparel enterprises have begun to produce clothing options in both English and Spanish, expanding their market to demographics in Central and South America. As the Christian clothing industry has exponentially grown, apparel producers have realized that t-shirts are not the only clothing item that sells; they now manufacture a wide range of attire option for men, women, and children.

In this day and age, Christian-based attire is sold in a multitude of options including the standard t-shirt, to polos, hoodies, hats, neck-ties, and swimsuits. Your personal favorite Biblical anecdote or verse can be shared through just about any piece of apparel you select. The Christian apparel industry has truly ushered in a new era of evangelism!

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Educating the Masses, Growing Your Masses

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A great amount of effort today is spent toward the goal of educating a new generation of students about Christianity. Some have been saying that a One new man Christian upbringing is no longer a focus of the educational system. The notion is even mocked in some circles as irrelevant. It is in times like these that we have to reconsider what our goals are with an education rooted in Christianity. What are we wanting our students to get out of an education from a Christian teacher? Without understanding where Christians are coming from when they design their curriculum, you won’t be able to accurately assess the success of a Christian schooling. First and foremost for them is to create for each student a solid foundation in the Bible. A Christian works primarily to send the truth throughout the world by way of their main text. By teaching the Bible, Christians then are able to create a so-called theological framework for each child which will help them in all their decisions.

An education based in Christianity is not just designed for children. Through the process of teaching the children, parents are made to be involved in the study as well. This plan allows parents to complete their parental task of ensuring a Christian upbringing for their child. Through its ministry and evangelism, Christianity demonstrates that it is a faith that appreciates what an education can accomplish.

By completing the goal of providing a faith-based education, the Christian catechism is greatly helped, too. Christians do no intend to supplant the teachings of the Bible by this method. It would be better to say that the education that Christians provide works as more of a helpful appendix or supplement to the work already done by the Bible. The overall goal is to simply grow the ranks of the Christians in all parts of the world.

In addition to children, the Christian faith wants to have all members of the church be involved in the educational process. Without an educated pastor, the upcoming generation of Christians will lack a guide to help them in their growth. Beyond the basic theory of the faith, the pastor must also know how to live in a Christian way and be able to maintain the faith. It is important to read what is written in Ephesians 2.

Faith is not the only subject taught by those in Christianity; all academic subjects are covered. The Christian faith will always wish to educate its students in all the subjects under the sun. By providing a very expansive education, it is hoped that the new Christian generation will be a very strongly intellectual one. Christian teachers are often posed many questions that they might find hard to provide a strong response to. A teacher who lacks a strong education in the ways of the faith may not give the student a good response to such questions. Still, more than anything, Christianity simply wishes to spread its message far and wide so that people can make their own decision about whether to come to the faith.

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