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Updated on January 25, 2019

Brief History of Christianity

The Christian religion is one that was created based on the life of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. His life is chronicled by his apostles. It took over 300 years for the gospel of Jesus or the Bible to be accepted to the known world at the time, thanks to a decree given by Constantine the Great making the Roman Empire officially a Christian entity. Constantine had seen a dream of the cross and he was told if he fought under that banner in the war for the empire he would be successful. And so he followed his dream and was successful in the war for control of the empire and after that Christianity was a state religion.

Although he was a pagan he converted to Christianity on his deathbed. This was a start of a worldwide movement with Armenia being the first official country to adopt Christianity. Now a days there are many Christian nations and different Christian denominations. Christianity can be divided into three main branches Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox. Most of Latin America is Catholic while most of Eastern Europe is Orthodox. Western Europe is a mixture of Catholic and Protestant nations with France Spain, Portugal, Italy and Ireland being Catholic while Germany and Britain are mostly Protestant .

The schism of 1054 is known now a days as the year the Catholic and Orthodox Christian faiths had a split based on how to worship the trinity. Later on centuries later the Protestant Reformation took a foothold In Europe and today we have many different denominations. Parts of Europe didn’t agree with the Catholic church based on the teachings of Martin Luther and so separated from the Pope and the Catholics. Now there are many different types of protestants, such as Baptists and evangelicals. Actually America was colonized by the pilgrims who came here looking for freedom to worship and to start a new life. In it’s core Christianity is a religion that teaches people tolerance, patience and helps reveal to people the ways Jesus wanted people to live. Of course Jesus’ message was one of peace for the most part but throughout history people have used it to justify their own means and even start wars .

I believe people have a need to believe in a higher power and Christianity feels that part of the human psyche. It’s part of human nature to seek a god in order to justify our existance.


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