Christianity Facts

Christianity Facts
Christianity is a religion based upon Jesus of Nazareth's life and his teachings. It is the largest religion in the world today with more than 2.2 billion followers. Jesus was born in approximately 7 BC and it is believed he began teaching in Galilee after his 30th year. Christianity is divided into many denominations or sects, and the major ones include Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestantism. Most who follow Christianity believe that Jesus was crucified on the cross, was buried, was resurrected - granting eternal life to those who believe in him and that he died for forgiveness of their sins.
Interesting Christianity Facts:
Jesus is also often referred to as the Messiah, or Christ.
Most Christians believe that Jesus is the Son of God, and that his coming was predicted in the Old Testament of the Bible.
Jesus' teachings and his life are documented in the New Testament of the Bible.
Christians believe that Jesus will return to earth in the Second Coming of Christ one day to judge humans for their sins and to grant eternal life to those who believe in and follow his teachings.
In Christianity, the word gospel is used to refer to the written accounts of Jesus' life.
The Ten Commandments are biblical principles of Christianity. Although different denominations have different interpretations, they have major similarities. Most interpretations prohibit murder, theft, adultery, blasphemy, and worshipping idols other than God. Keeping the Sabbath is also commonly observed.
The Roman Catholic Church is the largest Christian denomination in the world today. Roman Catholics make up approximately half of the world's Christians.
There are approximately 800 million Protestant Christians worldwide today.
Approximately 160 million of the world's Christians are Orthodox.
Today there are approximately 6 million Christianity books in print.
Each year approximately 78.5 million Bibles are distributed worldwide.
The religious professionals of Christianity include priests, bishops, archbishops, patriarchs, pastors, ministers, preachers, and deacons.
Christian places of worship include churches, chapels, cathedrals, basilicas, and meeting halls.
Many Christians believe in angels, devils, demons, the Holy Spirit, Salvation, Mary - Mother of Jesus, Purgatory, heaven and hell.
Christians believe in one God, essentially a trinity of Holy Spirit, Father, and Son.
Christians believe that the afterlife includes an eternal heaven or hell depending on whether the individual has faith in God, in Christ's resurrection, and how they lived their life and worshipped God.
Christian holidays include Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Good Friday, Easter, and All Saint's Day.
Christianity teaches that there are seven deadly sins including pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, anger, and sloth.
Baptism in the Christian faith can have different meaning. Some believe it makes the person being baptized a member of the church while others believe it is linked to salvation or that it can strengthen a person's faith.
Although Christianity is the largest religion in the world, and practiced in many countries around the world, it is mainly practiced in North America, South America, and in Europe.
Aside from Jesus Christ, other prominent figures of Christianity include Jesus' mother Mary, Abraham, the Apostle Paul and John the Baptist.

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