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Highlights on Christianity – KVIA

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Here is a look at Christianity, the most practiced religion in the world.

Beliefs/Practices

Followers of the Christian religion base their beliefs on the life, teachings and death of Jesus Christ.

Christians believe in one God who created heaven, earth and the universe.

Belief in one God has its origins in the Jewish religion.

Christians believe that Jesus is the “Messiah” or the savior of the world. They also believe he is the son of God.

Jesus was born in a manger in Bethlehem to Mary, a virgin at the time of conception, and Joseph, her husband. Mary was visited by the angel Gabriel and told that she would conceive a son and he would be the Messiah.

Jesus was crucified on a cross. His death made salvation and the forgiveness of sins possible for all.

On the third day after his crucifixion, Jesus rose from the dead. His resurrection is celebrated on Easter, which is considered the most important holiday in Christianity.

After Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, God’s presence remained on earth in the form of the Holy Spirit to be a comforter to all.

Salvation can only be obtained by believing that Jesus was sent by God to forgive the sins of every human being and to confess those sins to him.

The interpretations of the Bible and the practices of each church vary by denomination, but the belief in one God and Jesus as Messiah is at the heart of all Christians.

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Christian beliefs date back thousands of years before Christ.

Many prophets predicted the coming of Christ according to Christian belief.

Many theologians believe that Jesus was crucified between 30 and 33 AD.

The first Christians were Jews who came to believe that Jesus was the Messiah. Gentiles (non-Jews) also constituted a large majority of his followers, as they do today.

392 AD – Christianity becomes the official religion of the Roman Empire.

1054 – Disputes over the role and authority of the pope cause a split in Christianity between the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Churches. The split still exists today.

1517 – Martin Luther, a German monk, launched a movement called the Reformation after criticizing certain ecclesiastical practices as well as the supremacy of the pope. This divides Western Christianity between the Roman Catholic Church and Protestantism.

Statistics

world religions (2015 Pew estimate):
Christian – 31.2%

Muslim – 24.1%

Unaffiliated – 16%

Hindu – 15.1%

Buddhist – 6.9%

Popular religions – 5.7%

Jew – 0.2%

Religions of the United States (2019 Pew estimate):
65% of adults in the United States identify as Christian.

Protestants – 43%

Unaffiliated (includes atheists and agnostics) – 26%

Roman Catholic – 20%

Mormons – 2%

Jew – 2%

Muslim – 1%

Buddhist – 1%

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