Today is the final instalment of my series on the Religions of the World and although according to blog stats not many people read it LOL 🙂 I will never regret writing it because if I’ve managed to educate and enlighten just one person – other than myself, of course 🙂 – about the different religions of the world then all the effort and energy I spent in writing this series will have been worth it and on that note on today’s edition of my series Religions of the World we will focusing on the religion that I adhere to – Christianity.
Christianity (from the Greek word Xριστός, Khristos, “Christ“, literally “anointed one”) is a monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as presented in the New Testament. Christianity comprises three major branches: Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy (the two split from one another in 1054 A.D.), and Protestantism (which came into existence during the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century). Protestantism is further divided into smaller groups called denominations.
Adherents of the Christian faith, known as Christians, believe that Jesus is the Messiah prophesied in the Hebrew Bible (the part of scripture common to Christianity and Judaism, and referred to as the “Old Testament” in Christianity). The foundation of Christian theology is expressed in the early Christian ecumenical creeds, which contain claims predominantly accepted by followers of the Christian faith. These professions state that Jesus suffered, died, was buried, and was resurrected from the dead to open heaven to those who believe in him and trust him for the remission of their sins (salvation). They further maintain that Jesus bodily ascended into heaven where he rules and reigns with God the Father. Most denominations teach that Jesus will return to judge all humans, living and dead, and grant eternal life to his followers. He is considered the model of a virtuous life, and both the revealer and physical incarnation of God. Christians call the message of Jesus Christ the Gospel (“good news”) and hence refer to the earliest written accounts of his ministry as gospels.
Christianity began as a Jewish sect and is classified as an Abrahamic religion. Originating in the eastern Mediterranean, it quickly grew in size and influence over a few decades, and by the 4th century had become the dominant religion within the Roman Empire.
During the Middle Ages, most of the remainder of Europe was Christianized, with Christians also being a (sometimes large) religious minority in the Middle East, North Africa, and parts of India. Following the Age of Discovery, through missionary work and colonization, Christianity spread to the Americas, Australasia, and the rest of the world. Christianity, therefore, is a major influence in the shaping of Western civilization.
As of the early 21st century, Christianity has around 2.2 billion adherents. Christianity represents about a quarter to a third of the world’s population and is the world’s largest religion. In addition, Christianity is the state religion of several countries.
(Excerpt from Wikipedia)
Although I am steadfast in my Christian faith after much reading and prayer I have come to the conclusion that all religions want us to love and respect one another regardless of our differing beliefs which is why I find it so despicable that a pastor – someone who is supposed to lead his congregation by example – would even consider burning the Qur’an – something that is such an integral part of the Muslim faith – and with that said it is my humble opinion that pastor Jones should revisit Matthew 7: 12 in the Bible – “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you” – because I don’t think that he would like it very much if a group of people of another faith decided that they were going to burn the Bible just to get their own way.