Christianity is considered more than a systems of beliefs, and it is full of different branches and interpretations that cover all the traditional elements. Each branch has its own community, its own creeds and its own way of doing things, but the message remains the same: Trust, faith and Jesus.

In The Beginning

Christianity first made an appearance in the first century and became the official religion of state in the Roman Empire during the fourth century. Since then it has grown to be among the world’s biggest religions, with around 2.5 million followers, making up more than 30% of the worldwide population. Based on Jesus of Nazareth and his teachings, Christianity grew out of Judaism and has had a significant role in shaping much of Western Civilization.

The Giants of Christianity

Over the years, Christianity has fragmented into many various followings through various disputes between members. The 4 largest of these are the Catholic Church, Protestantism (a collective term for Protestant followings), the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Oriental Orthodoxy. Each of these, in turn, has many different branches and so on down the line. While the message throughout Christianity remains the same, each has their own interpretations and differences, and many deny that the others are Christians.

The Basics

Christianity is a religion based on Jesus of Nazareth, or Jesus Christ and his teachings. Christ is believed to be both fully human and divine, and as such suffered but had power over death. The gospel or written account of his life is the basis of each faith, but each has their own opinions on how to study and preach these lessons. Christianity believes that Jesus was anointed by God to save the human race, and through his death and resurrection – considered the most important events in history- we will be absolved of our sins.