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CHRISTIANITY. What is Christianity?. A 2,000 year old religion based on the life, teachings, death and resurrection of Jesus Christians have faith in one God as the creator and father of all They believed God became man in his son Jesus Christ

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what is christianity
What is Christianity?

A 2,000 year old religion based on the life, teachings, death and resurrection of Jesus

Christians have faith in one God as the creator and father of all

They believed God became man in his son Jesus Christ

They believed the birth of Jesus and the resurrection were miracles

jerusalem
Jerusalem

Jesus was born, lived, and died a Jew in the first century in Roman occupied Palestine

He was baptized at age 30 by John the Baptist

He traveled preaching the word of God and gathered followers along the way

The first 12 followers of his teachings were called the apostles

Jesus is believed to have performed miracles

jesus death
Jesus’ Death

Jesus was a political threat to the Roman and Jewish authorities

He was tried by the Romans for his teachings

He was found guilty and sentenced to death

He was made to carry his own cross

Jesus was crucified; which means to be put to death by nailing or binding the hands and feet to a cross

jesus teachings
Jesus Teachings

His teaching have had greater influence since His death than any other human being

Jesus said:

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind”

and

“ Love your neighbor as you love yourself”

A sincere Christian is one who follows these two rules in their everyday life

bible
BIBLE

Considered the Christians sacred scriptures

Reveals the story of Gods love towards human beings and how it is symbolized by the life of Jesus

Divided into two major sections

1. the Old Testament: sacred book dating before the time of Christ

2. the New Testament: evolved from the sayings and accounts of Jesus and the writings of the apostles. Reveals many of Jesus’ teachings

baptism
BAPTISM

It is the visible sign of entrance into the Christian community

It is a ritual cleansing in water

Through Baptism Christians believe they receive a spiritual awakening by the mystical power of Christ’s death and resurrection.

holy days
HOLY DAYS
  • The two major seasons in the Christian calendar:
  • Christmas-celebrating the birth of Christ
  • Easter- remembering the resurrection of Christ
  • Christmas:

- Advent: four weeks leading up to Christmas day

- Christmas Day: December 25th

- Epiphany: the twelfth day of Christmas

major divisions
MAJOR DIVISIONS
  • Roman Catholic- 1.1 billion
  • Protestant- 365 million
  • Eastern Orthodox- 217 million
  • Anglican- 80 million
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