Information on Christianity
|The Six Main Religions
Christianity is the world's biggest religion, with about 2.2 billion followers worldwide. It is based on the teachings of Jesus Christ who lived in the Holy Land 2,000 years ago.
Through its missionary activity Christianity has spread to most parts of the globe.
|Place of Origin
|Jesus of Nazareth
|The Bible - Old and New Testaments
|Church, Chapel, Cathedral
|Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Lourdes (a popular place of pilgrimage), Rome, Canterbury
|Anglican, Roman Catholic, Free Churches, Orthodox, Reformed,
|Who is the founder of Christianity?
Jesus Christ, who was crucified around A.D. 30 in Jerusalem, is the founder of Christianity.
Jesus was a Jew who was born about 2000 years ago in Bethlehem. Jesus lived for 33 years before being crucified by the Romans.
What other names is Jesus known by?
Who are Christians?
Christians are people who believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and who follow his teachings and those of the Christian churches that grew up after his death.
Christians believe that Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to his disciples (followers) to show everyone that there is another life with one, eternal, loving God.
Why are Christians called Christians?
Christians get their name from Jesus Christ who is God's son.
What do Christians believe?
Christians believe that Jesus Christ was the Son of God and that:
Christians believe that Jesus was the Messiah promised in the Old Testament
Christians believe that there is only one God, but that this one God consists of 3 "persons"
Christians believe that God made the world.
The Christian place of worship is called a Church. They are often built in the shape of a cross with the altar facing east towards the rising sun.
The Christian spiritual leaders are called priests or ministers. (vicars).
What is Christian worship like?
Christian worship involves praising God in music, speech, readings from scripture, prayers of various sorts, a sermon and various holy ceremonies.
For the other festivals visit our page about the Church Year.
What are the Christian symbols?
The cross is the main symbol. It reminds Christians that Jesus died on the cross to save them.
The dove is the symbol of the holy spirit and peace.
The fish symbol was created using the Greek letters which spell out ICHTHUS : Jesus Christ God's Son Saviour.
The Romans persecuted the Christians and it became dangerous for them to meet. So the Christians devised a secret code. They drew half a fish in the sand. If a person completed the fish, they knew he or she was a believer too. Under the fish sign the Christians wrote the Greek word fish.
These letters stood for: Jesus Christ God's Son Saviour
What are the 10 Commandments?
From the Holy Bible, King James version. Exodus 20:3-18 (abridged)
How is Christianity similar to other religions?
Christianity shares a number of beliefs and practices with other religions, particularly Judaism and Islam. With Judaism and Islam, Christians believe in one God, who created the universe and all that is in it. All believe that this God is active in history, guiding and teaching his people.
Christianity and Judaism share the same roots. The Old Testament and the Torah (Jewish Holy Book) have the same content. The Jews are awaiting the coming of a Messiah or Saviour, while Christians believe that Jesus Christ was the Saviour and are now waiting for his second coming.
Which religion did Christianity develop from?
Christianity originally developed as a part of Judaism. Jesus was a Jew.
How is Christianity different from Judaism?
Christianity came to regard Jesus as in some sense God's presence in human form. This was unacceptable to most Jews.
Judaism is defined by a covenant made between God and the Jewish people. Part of this covenant is the Law, a set of religious and ethical rules and principles. Most Christians came to regard both this covenant and Law as in some sense superseded by Jesus' teaching and the community that he established. On the night he died, Jesus talked about establishing a "new covenant" based on his death and resurrection.
Jews believe that there is one God like Christians do, but they do not believe that this one God consists of 3 "persons".
There are different branches of Christianity because some Christians worship in different ways.
What are the different branches (denominations) of Christians?
There are several denominations of the Christian faith, however all Christians share common beliefs.
Church of England - Anglicanism
Christian Artifacts (Christian Symbols)
Teddy's Day Out - An Interactive Game for Kids
Infant Baptism - Christening
Easter and Lent - Information about the festivals around Easter
Christmas in England
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