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Facts about Christianity

When a person finds themselves interested in the Christian religion, one of the first things they typically seek out is facts about Christianity. As with most things in life, being able to learn and read about facts is something that goes a long way in helping a potential follower decides whether they are on the right path.

Christianity was founded in Palestine in 33 AD by a Jewish carpenter called Jesus of Nazareth. While early followers of the religion were persecuted and killed, the religion now boasts 2 billion followers worldwide, with the largest Christian population residing in the United States. Christianity is the largest religion in the world.

The most common denominations of Christianity are Roman Catholic, Protestant and Eastern Orthodox. In the United States, nearly half of all Christians categorize themselves as Protestants.

Other important facts about Christianity pertain to the belief’s religious texts, practices and purposes.

The religious text of the Christian religion is called the bible. The bible is comprised of two parts, known as the Old Testament and the New Testament. The bible was originally written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek, but it has since been translated – at least in part – to nearly 3,000 languages.

One common misconception about the bible is that it was written by God. In fact, the bible was actually written by about 40 different authors. The Old Testament contains writings by 30 authors, while the New Testament contains stories and teachings that were passed down through generations. Some of the bible’s alleged authors include Moses, David and the sons of Korah. Followers of Christianity say that while the bible was not written by the hand of God, his message was sent to the authors, who in turn wrote them down.

The most common meeting place for followers of the Christian religion is the church. While some churches are beautiful, opulent buildings, Christians will tell you that it is not so much the building as the people that create church. Historically, or at least through tradition, Sunday is the day set aside by Christians to rest and praise God through church services. Some Christians have a different interpretation of the bible’s definition of Sabbath – or the seventh day of the week – and attend church services on Saturday.

The Ten Commandments are a collection of biblical principles that Christians are expected to follow. Relating to ethics, morality and worship, the Commandments were said to have been written by God himself on two stone tablets. According to Exodus, these tablets were then given to Moses so that he may share them.

The Ten Commandments read:

I am the LORD, thy God
Thou shalt have no other gods,
No graven images or likenesses,
Not take the L
ORD's name in vain,
Remember the sabbath day,
Honour thy father and thy mother,
Thou shalt not kill,
Thou shalt not commit adultery,
Thou shalt not steal,
Thou shalt not bear false witness,
Thou shalt not covet.

According to the Christian religion, the purpose of life is to know, love and serve God. To live a full life, it is said that followers must have faith in God, perform good works and participate in holy rituals. Those who obey the religion’s rules are said to be granted eternal happiness in Heaven. Those who do not are sent to Hell for an eternity.

Some of the most important holidays in the Christian religion are Christmas, Lent and Easter. Christmas is observed to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Lent is a 40-day fasting period before Easter. Easter is the celebration of Christ’s resurrection after his crucifixion.

This is only a brief introduction to facts about Christianity. Those interested in learning more about the religion are urged to visit a spiritual leader for guidance or do more research.