The World's Largest Religion

Historical Background

Christianity begins with the story of it's founder, Jesus. The traditional story of Jesus tells of his birth in a stable in Bethlehem in Israel. Jesus' story is told in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. His birth is believed by Christians to be the fulfillment of prophecies in the Jewish Torah, which claimed that a Messiah, or savior of the Jewish people, would save the Jews from captivity. Jesus stated publicly that he spoke with God. This claim angered many traditional Jews who saw this as an act of defiance according to the Ten Commandments. Christians believe that Jesus was killed by crucifixion. Crucifixion was a traditional, ancient way of sentencing criminals to death by staking the person to a cross. Christians believe that Jesus was brought back to life through resurrection, and is the son of God. Christianity was founded with the death of Jesus in 33 C.E.

Central Beliefs

Christianity builds on the teachings of Judaism. Christianity is monotheistic, and worships the same God as Judaism. Christians believe that Jesus was the Messiah as promised in the Torah. Christians also believe that Jesus is the son of God, and that Jesus' death was meant to save his followers from sin. Christians celebrate two major holidays, Christmas and Easter. Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus, and Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. The Christian holy book is the Bible, which includes the teaching of Judaism in the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus in the New Testament.

The Spread of Christianity

Christianity is the world's largest religion with 2.1 billion followers across the world. It wasn't always the biggest though. Christianity spread to Europe when the Roman Empire adopted it as their official religion in 325 C.E. European countries took over a lot of the world to make money from these countries. During this period known as colonization, Christianity spread to all corners of the Earth.