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Christianity

Christianity has an estimated 1,231,000,000 to 1,346,000,000 followers or Christians, who believe in Jesus Christ. (Based on an estimated world population 6,409,765,942 by the United States Census Bureau for 1/1/2005, that is 19.20% to 22.25% of all people, making Christianity the largest religion in the world. Some people have estimates as high 33%, but they are very likely to be over-inflated.)

Jesus Christ is also referred to as Jesus The Christ, Jesus of Nazareth, Lord Jesus, the Messiah, Our Savior, the Son of God and Yeshua of Nazareth. Jesus Christ is part of the Trinity, that includes our Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The concept of having a Savior is unique to Christianity and comforting to followers.

Christianity was founded by numerous associates of Jesus Christ around 30 A.D.. The beginning of the Christian Church is usually considered to have begun at Pentecost, 50 days after Jesus was crucified.

The foundation scriptures of the Christian religion are in the Holy Bible, which consists of Old and New Testaments. The Old Testament is pre-Jesus Christ, while the New Testament is during and post-Jesus Christ.

The New Testament usually consists of 27 books. The most popular books are the first four, which are the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The gospels are mainly about Jesus Christ and include sayings by Jesus Christ.

Some individuals believe that the New Testament was altered, butchered, changed, doctored and/or edited during the days of the Early Church that are now untraceable. Some credence to this theory arises from the discovery of other scrolls (that have been scientifically proven to be genuine or from the appropriate time period), such as the Dead Sea Scrolls, Gospel of Thomas, etc..

The conception of Jesus Christ of Nazareth via the virgin Mary is regarded to be one of the most important events of Christianity. However, some of the other founders of other major religions (including Buddha and Zoroaster) also had miracle births.

Christian symbols include the Crucifix or Cross, Agnus Dei, Chi Rho, and the Descending Dove (representing the Holy Spirit).


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