“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” -Martin Luther
In our current world, panic, stress, anxiety, uncertainty, and frustration are commonplace. Observing world conditions, many people become jaded and feel as if there is no hope for the future.
What can be done?
Self-help books, inspirational seminars, a satisfying career, or one’s faith can aid individuals to forget the woes around them and focus on more meaningful aspects of life now and in the future.
In the very tolerate western world, people are free to practise any religion without judgement. However, it is essential to state that religions with massive followings such as Christianity are not as well received in today’s modern era than they were before.
Prominent churches in the UK are nearly deserted now during Sunday mass.
Have people lost hope and trust in religion?
Whether our readers are practising Christians or not, the following article will provide all with a basic understanding of the Christian faith and consider aspects such as where did it begin, how did it grow, what are the fundamental beliefs, and what are some of Christianity’s essential figures, symbols, books, and places of worship.
The term Christianity stems from old French but is primarily influenced by the word in ancient Latin, Christus. Christianity is defined as a religion based on the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, or his beliefs and practices. Therefore, the history or roots of Christianity began with Jesus and his apostles.
Christians base their faith on the fundamental beliefs of Jesus’ birth, life, death, resurrection, and teaching of Jesus Christ; hence, the term Christians.
Christianity stems from the teachings of Jesus while he was on earth. Nevertheless, only after his death in 33 CE did the Christian congregation begin to flourish and grow in number. Jesus’ apostles continued the preaching work and primarily taught Jews but also people of various nations the good news from the Ancient Scrolls or Holy Scriptures.
Although the Christian congregation was much persecuted in the beginning by other religious leaders, the teachings based on the words and actions of Jesus while he was on earth quickly spread throughout the Roman Empire and quickly became the state religion.
It is essential to state that the first official Christians were ethnically Jewish, and this fact raised the concern for many in the first century if only those who were of Jewish faith could convert to Christianity.
While the “founder” of Christianity was born in the small town of Bethelem, Jesus’ teachings originate from and are the words of God. However, since Jesus spent most of his ministry in and around Jerusalem, it can be said that Christianity stemmed from these regions.
After reading this article, I’m sure you’ll be curious about the history of Islam.
The practices, teachings, and sacrifice of Jesus are the basis of Christianity. (Source: pixabay)
Like any religion, Christianity has many beliefs that have been brought down through centuries and remain the same today.
While many denominations of Christianity vary in some ways, an overwhelming amount of more than 1.332 billion Christians claim to be Catholic. Therefore, since Catholicism is the most recognised branch of the Christian faith, the following are some of its most characteristic beliefs:
The previously mentioned beliefs are only a few Christian doctrines that are practised by the majority of followers. It is essential to state that certain denominations such as the Mormon Church or Jehovah’s Witnesses do not recognise doctrines such as Saints or the Trinity.
Before concluding this section, it is essential to state that there are many beliefs, doctrines, and dogma that make the Christian faith unique from other world religions such as Islam, Buddhism, or Judaism.
Since Christianity is the world’s most practised religion, some distinct symbols and traditions may be unique to specific geographic locations. However, public figures, holy books, and places of worship are practically identical from one place to the next.
We will now consider some of Christianity’s essential symbols, holy books, public figures, and places of worship.
The Christian fish was a secret symbol of early Christianity. (Source: pixabay)
Christianity has used many logos, markings, identifiers, and distinguishing signs to describe certain events and personages that are of significant importance. The following are the most important symbols of the Christian faith:
Similar to other world religions, Christianity boasts a sacred book that is probably the most published in the entire world.
What is it?
If you guessed Bible, you’re right! The following is a brief description of the Bible and another holy book used by a Christian denomination:
The Christian faith has had many famous public figures throughout centuries. The following are a few public figures that have left their impact on the world of Christianity for the good and the bad:
What about public figures, symbols, and holy book of the Hindu people?
A church is the most popular place of worship for Christians. (Source: pixabay)
Key buildings where Christians spend time with other individuals who share their faith is an essential part of Christianity. The following are the most common Christian places of worship:
Since there are more than 2.2 billion professed Christians in the world today, it comes as no surprise that there are individual variations that change from one denomination to another. The most common denominations of Christianity can be found in the genres of Catholicism, Eastern Orthodox Church, Oriental Orthodoxy, Anglicanism, Protestantism, Restorationism, and other Minor Branches.
Acquiring more knowledge about world religions is an enriching experience that allows for more tolerance and a better understanding of the people around us; who knows you might learn something!