CHRISTIANITY--in the Middle East
*Most common sects: Catholic, Protestant (includes Baptists, Methodists, Church of Christ, etc.), and Orthodox (includes Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, etc.)
Central Teachings / Beliefs
*Sabbath (Sunday) is day of rest
*Trinity (Father,Son-Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit)
*Declaration of Faith : Salvation through atoning sacrifice (forgiveness of sins) of Jesus Christ (Son of God) who died for the sake of man's sin and rose again three days later-- thus giving believers eternal life in heaven
*Holy Communion-sharing bread and wine to remember Jesus' Last Supper (last meal with his followers before he was crucified)
PLACES OF WORSHIP
*Church hierarchy- bishop (several denominations) cardinal, pope (Roman Catholic), etc
Holy Days / Holidays
*Easter - celebrates sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (which allows believers to live eternally with God in heaven).
*Bethlehem--the site of Jesus' birth
* Are other symbols such as the Ichthys (fish), Alpha and Omega, Staurogram, Chi Rho, Dove, etc.
*Hear songs of praise and prayer all over Middle East
BELIEFS Christianity SHARES WITH Islam and Judaism
2. Christianity, Islam, and Judaism share Abraham as a common religious figure.
Christians, Muslims, and Jews believe in one God
Judaism, Christianity, Islam= monotheistic religions
Abraham is a common figure to Christianity, Judaism, and Islam