Written by Sheridan McAtee in Second Period

Basic Beliefs

The followers of Christianity are called Christians, after Jesus Christ. They practice a monotheistic religion that worships the God of Abraham, Abraham being the one who founded Judaism. Their teachings are based on the bible, which includes both the new and old testaments. Christians believe in Jesus, the Son of God, who came to spread the Word of God. They also believe in the holy trinity, which consists of God the Father and the Son of God, together with the Holy Spirit. Priests lead them in worship in a church, parish, or chapel. For Christians, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is an important place because it is where Jesus was crucified, died, then resurrected. Their Sabbath, or holy day, is on Sunday. The church has mass everyday, although on Sunday it is customary to attend. They celebrate Christmas, as well as Easter. This is because Christmas is the day Jesus was born and Easter was the day he was resurrected. In addition to this, they have the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion. Baptism is a sacrament you receive near the beginning of your faith, which is for the forgiveness of sins (an immoral act). For this the priest dips your head in water and pours oils over your head. During Holy Communion you receive bread and wine, representing the body and blood of Christ.

Common to The Three Religions

A Common Figure

A common figure for Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, is Abraham. Judaism was founded by Abraham. Although, Christianity is based on the life and teachings of Jesus and believes in the God of Abraham. Islam is the same in believing in God, but the follow the teachings of the prophet Muhammad.

A Common View

Christians, Jews, and Muslims all believe in the God of Abraham, so they are all monotheistic religions. This means that they only worship a single God.