Christianity Kat Fuentes & Kristen hackiewicz

Christianity developed out of Judaism, another monotheistic and Abrahamic religion that came before it. Christians believe in Jesus, the founder of Christianity. The religion began in Judea, which today is known as Israel, Jordan, and Palestine. Islam, another monotheistic religion sharing some beliefs with Christianity, and many sects of Christianity have formed over the years.

Christianity's holy book is the Bible, containing the Old Testament and the New Testament. Christianity's place of worship is a church, which is led by a priest, pastor, or bishop. The largest church in the world is St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City. It is a great symbol of the Catholic Church. Along with the Catholic Church, there are many sects of Christianity. They are Protestantism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy, and Anglicanism. A very important figure in the Catholic Church is the Pope, who today is Pope Francis.

This is what Christians believe represents Heaven and Hell. They believe that good souls will go to Heaven and bad souls will go to Hell.
This is Jesus crucified on the cross. Christians believe that Jesus died on the cross for them.
Christians believe in the Holy Trinity, which connects the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit with God.

There are several holidays celebrated by Christians. There is Christmas, which takes place annually on December 25th to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Those who celebrate exchange presents to remind us of how the Wise Men had given Jesus gifts as well. Another major holiday is Easter, which is recognized as the day of Jesus Christ’s resurrection (when Jesus rose from the dead after three days). This year Easter Sunday is celebrated on April 16th. Another minor but important holiday is Ash Wednesday. This is going to be celebrated on March 1 this year. This is the first day of lent, and occurs 46 days before Easter. On this day, ashes made from palm branches may be rubbed upon one’s forehead in the shape of a cross to represent our sinfulness. Ashes are to be worn humbly, not in vain!

Christianity is the largest religion in the world with about 2.4 billion followers. That's about 33 percent of the world's population!

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