What is Christianity

Christianity is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. Its adherents, known as Christians, believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and savior of all people, whose coming as the Messiah was prophesied in the Old Testament and chronicled in the New Testament. It is the world’s largest religion with over 2.4 billion followers.

The central tenet of Christianity is the belief in Jesus as the Son of God and the Messiah (Christ). Christians believe that Jesus, as the Messiah, was anointed by God as savior of humanity and hold that Jesus’ coming was the fulfillment of messianic prophecies of the Old Testament. The Christian concept of the Messiah differs significantly from the contemporary Jewish concept. The core Christian belief is that through belief in and acceptance of the death and resurrection of Jesus, sinful humans can be reconciled to God, and thereby are offered salvation and the promise of eternal life.

Christians believe that Jesus is God incarnate and “true God and true man” (or both fully divine and fully human). Jesus, having become fully human, suffered the pains and temptations of a mortal man, but did not sin. As fully God, he rose to life again. According to the New Testament, he rose from the dead, ascended to heaven, is seated at the right hand of the Father, and will ultimately return[Acts 1:9–11] to fulfill the rest of the Messianic prophecy, including the resurrection of the dead, the Last Judgment, and the final establishment of the Kingdom of God.

According to the canonical gospels of Matthew and Luke, Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born from the Virgin Mary. 

Christians consider the resurrection of Jesus to be the cornerstone of their faith (see 1 Corinthians 15) and the most important event in history. Among Christian beliefs, the death and resurrection of Jesus are two core events on which much of Christian doctrine and theology is based. According to the New Testament, Jesus was crucified, died a physical death, was buried within a tomb, and rose from the dead three days later.

 So as we talked about Christianity this is fundamentally about Jesus of Nazareth. extremely closely associated with Judaism.  in fact the central figure of Christianity Jesus was himself a Jew who grew up in the city of Judea in the land of Canaan. This was a time when Israel as a nation at Fallen under the control of the Roman Empire like many parts of the world. And they were ruled by the figure known as Herrod who was one of the most well-known figures in history. And this was a particularly brutal time for Jews to live under Christians at this particular time. This was the day of the Christian persecution at the hands of the Jews. From this small set of people Christianity Rose to be the dominant religion on the face of the Earth with approximately 2.4 billion adherents to the faith Christianity and its various forms. Which gives them roughly 31% of the world’s population are Christians. what we know about Jesus was that he what did you himself that he live in the city of Judea under the rule of herot that he was considered a prophet.

 Jesus was extremely charismatic and what he talked about was peace love and something very important to him was Justice. Jesus was ultimately killed by the Romans because Jesus was a social Rebel as well as preaching the word of God. So at this time under Roman control it was not unusual for people to say that they were the Son of God or Gods. This was very common under the Greek and Roman civilization or cultures they believe in the connection to the God. And more importantly they saw strength and power in associating themselves with God. So coming from a Roman and Greek perspective it is not uncommon for people to say that they were the son of Zeus. In fact we have many many stories about Zeus procreating with human women and creating so-called Divine humans or demigods such is the case even in Sumerian mythology Gilgamesh was himself 2/3 God and 1/3 human. So we can see that at this day and age the belief in God manifested himself with a woman and producing a child was not completely beyond the realm of belief. So Jesus was not killed because he said he was the son of God. He would not have been alone in that practice. Jesus was killed because he believed in advocating for the poor distribution of wealth better treatment for all people. Again a loving just civilization. And Jesus was despised by man and ultimately he was killed by these Romans in a practice called crucifixion.

 crucifixion was something that didn’t just happen to Jesus it was not unique or special to him crucifixion was a practice that Romans had conducted during that Time. they punish criminals we remember passage in the Bible Jesus is on the cross with a killer and a thief because this is how the Romans punish criminals in this particular fashion. 

So what made Jesus so special is his ability to unified the special group of Romans the special group of Jews and that’s what they all were we’re Jewish people who were following him and he advocated against the Jewish hierarchy. 

And one of the very special things about Christianity was that while we believe in the same God Christianity was open to people who were not of Jewish descent who were not themselves Jews.

 So this was a belief that anyone could so gravitate towards and that’s what allowed Christianity ultimately to become a world religion the dominant world religion. 

And although Islam is spreading at a faster rate right now I don’t know it ever surpasses Christianity simply for the fact that the real interpretation of the Quran has to be read in Arabic which the majority of the world does not read or speak so I think that will remain a barrier someone of a very obviously Islam is a quarter of the world’s populous but the advantages of Christianity were and its translation since the other countries. And languages. And also its acceptance of people from any part of the world of any race or Creed or color.

Virgin Birth 

 So when we’re talkin Christianity and obviously we’re going to have to talk about Jesus and some of the similarities that Jesus has to other figures in mythology so when we talked about the concept of a messiah and we look at his birth it’s very similar to what we see in kemetic and Kush I belief systems and  the story of Heru. We do remember that Auset was herself a virgin bride. Ausar was killed before they had consummated their marriage. And though she resurrected us are with the help of Anubis their consummation was not a physical consummation. So that shows has a very strong Association of Jesus or parallel to Jesus. And ultimately Jesus in the role of Heru this created being who was special. Fought against Satan just as Heru had fought against his uncle set. And clearly we see many analogies between set and Satan and the roles that they themselves played within their own cultures and Pantheon’s. 

The resurrection and Easter

Ishtar Myth,

Tamuz,

Persephone 

Celebration at Easter. About rebirth

The Messiah 

Simon bar Kokhba (died c. 135), founded a short-lived Jewish state before being defeated in the Second Jewish-Roman War.

Moses of Crete, who in about 440–470 persuaded the Jews of Crete to walk into the sea, as Moses had done, to return to Israel.

Ishak ben Ya’kub Obadiah Abu ‘Isa al-Isfahani (684–705), led a revolt in Persia against the Umayyad Caliph ‘Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan.

David Alroy, born in Kurdistan, who around 1160 agitated against the caliph before being assassinated.

Moses Botarel of Cisneros, active around 1413; claimed to be a sorcerer able to combine the names of God.

Asher Lämmlein, a German near Venice who proclaimed himself a forerunner of the Messiah in 1502.

Sabbatai Zevi (1626–1676), an Ottoman Jew who claimed to be the Messiah, but then converted to Islam; still has followers today in the Dönmeh.

Jacob Querido (?–1690), claimed to be the new incarnation of Sabbatai; later converted to Islam and led the Dönmeh.

Miguel Cardoso (1630–1706), another successor of Sabbatai who claimed to be the “Messiah ben Ephraim”.

Löbele Prossnitz (?–1750), attained some following amongst former followers of Sabbatai, calling himself the “Messiah ben Joseph”.

Jacob Joseph Frank (1726–1791)

Christianity began as a Second Temple Judaic sect in the 1st century in the Roman province of Judea. Jesus’ apostles, and their followers, spread it around Syria, Europe, Anatolia, Mesopotamia, Transcaucasia, Egypt, and Ethiopia, despite initial persecution. It soon also attracted Gentile God-fearers, which lead to a departure from Jewish customs, and the establishment of Christianity as a distinct religion. Emperor Constantine the Great converted to Christianity and decriminalized it in the Roman Empire by the Edict of Milan, later convening the Council of Nicaea where Early Christianity was consolidated into what would become the state church of the Roman Empire . 

The early history of Christianity is sometimes referred to as the “Great Church”, the united communion of the “orthodox” Christian churches before their schisms. Oriental Orthodoxy split after the Council of Chalcedon over differences in Christology while the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church separated in the East–West Schism , especially over the authority of the bishop of Rome. Similarly, Protestantism split in numerous denominations from the Catholic Church in the Reformation (16th century) over theological and ecclesiological disputes, most predominantly on the issue of justification and the primacy of the pope. Following the Age of Discovery (15th–17th century), Christianity was spread into the Americas, Oceania, sub-Saharan Africa, and the rest of the world via missionary work.

Christianity remains culturally diverse in its Western and Eastern branches, as well as in its doctrines concerning justification and the nature of salvation, ecclesiology, ordination, and Christology. The four largest branches of Christianity are the Catholic Church (1.3 billion), Protestantism (920 million), the Eastern Orthodox Church (260 million) and Oriental Orthodoxy (86 million), amid various efforts toward unity (ecumenism). Their theology and professions of faith, in addition to the Bible (scripture), generally hold in common that Jesus suffered, died, was buried, descended into the grave and rose from the dead to grant eternal life to those who believe in him for the forgiveness of their sins. His incarnation, earthly ministry, crucifixion and resurrection are often referred to as the gospel, meaning the “good news”. Describing Jesus’ life and teachings are the four canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, with the Jewish Old Testament as the gospel’s respected background.

Christianity and Christian ethics played a prominent role in the development of Western civilization, particularly around Europe during late antiquity and the Middle Ages. Despite a decline in adherence in the West,Christianity remains the dominant religion in the region, with about 70% of the population identifying as Christian. Christianity is growing rapidly in Africa and Asia, the world’s most populous continents.

Belief in God the Father, Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and the Holy Spirit

The death, descent into hell, resurrection and ascension of Christ

The holiness of the Church and the communion of saints

Christ’s second coming, the Day of Judgement and salvation of the faithful.

The Nicene Creed was formulated, largely in response to Arianism, at the Councils of Nicaea and Constantinople in 325 and 381 respectively, and ratified as the universal creed of Christendom by the First Council of Ephesus in 431.

The Chalcedonian Definition, or Creed of Chalcedon, developed at the Council of Chalcedon in 451, though rejected by the Oriental Orthodox churches, taught Christ “to be acknowledged in two natures, inconfusedly, unchangeably, indivisibly, inseparably”: one divine and one human, and that both natures, while perfect in themselves, are nevertheless also perfectly united into one person.

The Athanasian Creed, received in the Western Church as having the same status as the Nicene and Chalcedonian, says: “We worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity; neither confounding the Persons nor dividing the Substance.”

Most Christians (Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Protestant alike) accept the use of creeds, and subscribe to at least one of the creeds mentioned above.

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