Christianity started in Jerusalem, and quickly spread to the near East into Egypt, Jordan, Phoenicia, Mesopotamia, Assyria and Syria. It also spread into Europe. When Europe colonized in America, they spread Christianity throughout North America, and Eventually South america. Christianity is now one of the most recognized religions in North and South America, and Europe.
The Start of Christianity
The spread of Christianity in 1500 CE
There were also people who would travel around and preach about Christianity to people. For a while, Christianity was declared illegal by the Romans, but by 300 CE, it became the accepted religion in Rome, and it spread throughout the Roman Empire. It spread to America through colonization from Europe.
Mary is a very important and well known figure in Christianity. She was the mother of Jesus Christ. She is called the Virgin Mary because she is said to have been a virgin, but still became pregnant with the son of God.
Joseph was Mary's husband. He was a carpenter, and later became a saint after the birth of Jesus. During Mary's pregnancy, he protected her from danger. He played an important role in many things.
Is said to be one of the few to obey almost all of God's commands. He was told by God that his descendants will become a great nation. He has a son named Isaac, who has a son named Jacob. Jacob has 12 kids, whose descendants become the nation of Israel.
The Bible is made up from two sections: the Old Testament, and the New Testament. The Old Testament is the original Hebrew Bible, it contains sacred scriptures of the Jewish faith, written at different times between about 1200 and 165 BC.
The New Testament books were written by Christians in the first century AD. The New Testament. There are many different books within the New Testament. The first four are Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The 5th one is called The Acts of the Apostles. It is a narrative of the apostles' ministry and activity after Christ's death and resurrection.
When it started
Christianity began when Jesus was born. This is estimated to be between 6 and 4 BC He would perform miracles, like healing people, and spread the word of God which began Christianity.
There are around 43,000 different sects, or denominations of Christianity. There are a few that are much larger than others. Catholicism is the largest one with about 1272 million people. Four others that are widely practiced are the Church of the East, Oriental Orthodoxy, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Protestantism.
There are a few different ways Christianity is practiced. They pray to God and follow the ten commandments. The ten commandments include:
- You shall have no other Gods but me.
- You shall not make for yourself any idol, nor bow down to it or worship it.
- You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
- You shall remember and keep the Sabbath day holy.
- Respect your father and mother.
- You must not commit murder.
- You must not commit adultery.
- You must not steal.
- You must not give false evidence against your neighbor.
- You must not be envious of your neighbor's goods.
This religion is usually practiced in a church every Sunday, but it depends on the sect. They also have communion either every Sunday, or the first Sunday of every month. Communion is to celebrate sacrifices that their Christ has made.