HOW DID CHRISTIANITY SPREAD ACROSS THE WORLD?
- What were some of the hardships people faced whilst spreading the religion?
- Who were some main people who really spread this religion?
- How did the Romans react to the rising popularity of Christianity?
- Were there some Romans who helped spread this religion?
- Were there any people who betrayed or opposed the Christian religion, and if so what did they do?
As most of us already know about Christianity Jesus was the main reason it started, but who else helped? Read on, and you'll find out. Christianity originated from Jewish religion, so most of the people who converted to the Christian religion were Jews. However, there were other missionaries who spread this religion to gentiles too. One of these people was Paul. He originally opposed Christianity, but one day he saw the light. It is said he saw a blinding light and he heard the voice of Jesus, from that day forward, he converted to the Christian religion, and became a missionary. He spread the word, preached in many different regions, he even was daring enough to go to the Roman Empire. As a well educated greek speaking person, Paul could really spread the word well, even once he was jailed, he sent letter preaching about this new Christian religion! Paul told people we are all children of God, and Messiah will be the savior to all of us. Paul is now considered a hero, and has even been made a saint!
Of course, Paul isn't the only person who's helped spread Christianity. Another person who helped spread the Christian religion was Constantine. He was a roman emperor, who adopted Christian beliefs during a battle. It all started when Constantine had a vision, where the cross hung over the sky. He took the vision as a sign that to win the battle he would have to go to, he'd have to adopt Christian beliefs. He put the first two letters of Christ on all the army's shields, and sure enough, they won the battle. From that day forward he did lots to promote Christianity. For example, he legalised the Christian religion, and every emperor after him accepted the religion too! He legalised this religion by creating the Edict of Milan.
Still there were many more people who helped spread this upcoming religion, such as Jesus's disciples. The disciples were Jesus's followers , they went with Jesus and learned what he had to teach. They helped Jesus in all his journeys and listen to all his teachings along with the others. Once Jesus died, they continued spreading his teachings, but who were the disciples? The disciples were Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James (another one), Lebbaeus, Simon, and Judas. Now, the disciples are known as holy and good people, but did you know one of them betrayed Jesus?! Judas, in fact, betrayed Jesus. The bible has said he was a greedy man, and betrayed Jesus for just 30 pieces of silver! This is in fact what got Jesus crucified. Though he wasn't all that bad, since according to the gospel of Matthew, after he found out Jesus got a death sentence, he tried to give the money back, and after the priests rejected him, he hanged himself.
But of course, just as there are many people who helped spread Christianity, there are many people who tried to destroy it. The Romans were the main destroyers. At first, though, they were fine with this new religion. Another God added onto the many the Romans had. Why did that matter? However, the Christians refused to worship the other gods, and to the Romans that was a deal breaker. Not only did they refuse to worship Roman gods, they also refused to be part of the Roman army! And with the growing Christian population, the Romans decided they had to do something. Soon, the Christian religion was banned! The romans would even torture them by crucifying them or putting them in the colosseum to be eaten by lions!
Still, in the end, Christianity became a popular religion, it still is now. It even became the Roman's religion too! If you go to Rome, you can learn a lot about the Roman religion, but lots about Christianity too. It's crazy to see how Christianity went from illegal, to the most popular religion in Rome!
What is the story of muhammad? how has he impacted muslims?
- What is different about Muhammad than other prophets?
- What were the hardships of Muhammad's life?
- How is Muhammad's early life/story similar to other religions?
Well to know about how Muhammad impacted Muslims you must first know who he is. Muhammad is a prophet who introduced the Islamic religion to the world. He introduced the idea that there shouldn't be idols, so he isn't worshipped. The only one to be worshipped is Allah. His father died before he was born, and once he was six his mother passed too. Since both of his parents were dead, Muhammad went to live with his grandpa. But... you guessed it, his grandpa died. After the death of his grandpa, his uncle became his legal guardian. Muhammad's uncle was a trader, so, as a result, Muhammad helped out and became a trader. In fact, he was known has the "trustworthy one." Because of this he got a job for a rich woman named Khadijah, who he later married. He had everything, the riches, the respect, the fame, but he still felt incomplete (similar to the Buddha).
He decided to pray in a cave, and suddenly an angel appeared! The angel was named Gabriel, and it told Muhammad the word of god/Allah. At first he thought he was going crazy, but then, after talking with a Christian scholar, he realised that he had heard the word of god. He then decided to preach the word of Allah, and day by day got more and more followers. Unfortunately, he didn't get enough followers, and with death threats coming, Muhammad had to go to Medina, a nearby city. This journey is called a hijrah. He was then accepted as their ruler, and spread the Islamic religion to the people of Medina. Though, as always, he had to return to Mecca, the home and birthplace of Islam. He spread the religion, and before you knew it, Mecca was the home of this new and upcoming religion called Islam.
Muhammad has impacted Muslims in many ways, I mean, without him the word of God/Allah wouldn't have gotten out. It is possible Allah would have selected a different prophet. Though perhaps, the jewish or christian religion would have just spread farther instead. Still, it is no doubt he has impacted this religion. Here's some reasons why:
- He was the person who got the word from Allah
- He preached to many other places and people, resulting in a wider spread of the Islam religion.
- He gave the people the Kaaba, which has been a visiting point for Muslims from all over the world. In fact, Muslims have to make a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in their life, assuming they're health, and financially able.
- He had the Hadith written about him. The Hadith is a book full of the stories from Muhammad's life, it's similar to the Gospels.
- Without him, the religion wouldn't have spread.
What I believe in
I’m a 12 year old girl, who lives in Singapore. My family consists of my dad, mom, helper, dog, but it also includes my best friends, my cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents. To me, family doesn’t have to be by blood, your family is the people you’re most comfortable with. I’m from India, but I hold a Singapore passport, and I’m Christian.
Even though I’m Christian, I believe in other things to. I believe in other religions, such as Hinduism (my father is hindu). I also believe in non religious things, like, every cloud has a silver lining (every struggle or bad thing has a good outcome),
Beliefs influence my life in many ways, when things get hard, I think about no pain no gain, and I try harder, when I’m feeling lost and depressed, I think about how every cloud has a silver lining, and I feel better. My Beliefs also influence my choices, I believe that, since God has done so much for us, I have to make sure it doesn’t go to waste, and make good decisions. I believe that god will love you and care for you no matter what, but I also believe that you have to do good to make your life mean something.
Every Sunday, I go to the church, and listen as the priest tells us about God and the bible. I also pray in the church. I pray for health, wealth, happiness, good education. I pray for my family, and pray that they live fulfilling lives. I also pray for those in need, like the poor children, who don’t have enough food and water, immigrants, who don’t have a home, and others. We also have special masses, which is what we call going to the church. We have one for Christmas, Easter, Lent, and we have some others too. Sometimes during the Christmas mass, everyone gets a candle to hold while we listen as we hear the story of baby Jesus, in fact, Christmas is the celebration of when Jesus was born. He sacrificed himself for us, and led us back on the right path. We believe god is one person, but he has three forms; God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.
Even though I go to church every Sunday, you don’t have to go to church to pray. Before I go to bed, I tell God 3 things I’m grateful for that happened in that given day. Sometimes I also pray for upcoming events, or people. I tend not to ask God for anything, I generally ask him to help me with something, because I feel you shouldn’t ask too much from god, otherwise it won’t be your work, and whatever you pray for feels less meaningful. Sometimes people like to say the rosary, which is a necklace, and for every bead, you say a specific prayer (1 our father, 5 hail mother mary), and it represents the mysteries, which are from Jesus, and Mother Mary’s life.
Some people also like to read the bible, the bible is the sacred manuscript of Christianity, it consists of 2 parts, BC and AD. BC represents the time before Jesus, and I find in this section, God seems a bit more harsh and more like the God from other older religions, God even drowned the whole world (excluding Noah, his family, and all the animals) once. I think that may be part of cultural diffusion, because I know at least 3 religions where God has drowned the world. The AD part is the time after Christ, and it was full of God loves you unconditionally, which I personally believe, because to me God has no flaws, he is not like humans. It also shows a more modern (for a gazillion years ago) take on life. BC is full of people making mistakes, the creation of the world, and other ancient like stories, while AD is mostly about Jesus.
I consider myself more Christian than Hindu, but sometimes we go to the temple. I haven’t been in a while, but I remember it was very different from the Church. People prayed alone or with their families and friends, so it wasn’t like a church where everyone prays together. Also I found the temple was a bit more airy and free, because part of it was open, and you didn’t have to follow one person's prayer. Sometimes we’d get oranges, flowers and coconuts from the temple, if they were giving them out. I found the church and the temple very different, but I respect them both.
In conclusion, I have to say that you can have many beliefs, whether they are religious or not, and you should be proud of what you believe. I believe in many things, such as God, Karma, gods, magic, and you should never let someone else bring you and your beliefs down.