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Christianity is the world’s largest religion, with over 2.4 billion believers. Christians adhere to the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, or Savior. His coming to save humanity was prophesied in the Bible’s Old Testament and witnessed in the New Testament. The celebration of Christmas originated to glorify the birth of Jesus Christ.
- Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God that redeemed humanity from sin.
- Jesus Christ was born in approximately 7 B.C. in a stable in Bethlehem. He was born to the virgin Mary and conceived through the Holy Spirit, also known as the Immaculate Conception.
- Most scholars believe that Jesus Christ reformed Judaism as a religion.
- In the mid-1st century, Christianity began in Judea and spread to Europe, Mesopotamia, and Asia over three centuries. It became the official religion of the Roman Empire.
- The word “Gospel” refers to the written accounts of Jesus’ life in the Bible. Judaism’s Torah is basically the Old Testament of the Bible.
- Jesus’ resurrection from the dead reinforced Christians’ belief that he is the son of God.
- The main biblical principles of Christianity are the Ten Commandments or the Decalogue.
- It is the divine law that was handed down by God to Moses at Mt. Sinai. In both Exodus and Deuteronomy, the commandments are listed. In Islamic tradition, Moses brought the laws through the commandments.
- Christians believe in one God and the Trinity composed of the Holy Spirit, the Father, and the Son. Ideas of demons, angels, heaven, hell, and purgatory also exist.
- The earliest recorded persecution of Christians was during the reign of Nero in 64 A.D. During the great fire that ravaged Rome, Christians were crucified, torn to death by dogs, and burnt alive. After Nero, to be a Christian became a capital crime. A number of Roman emperors did the same until Diocletian, who enacted the ‘“Great Persecution.” He ordered the burning of Christian books and churches.
- The reason for the persecution of Christians, as written by Cicero, was because of its great superstition. Historian Tacitus added that it was deadly for the old teachings. Porphyry thought that it disrespected the Roman gods.
- During the reign of Constantine and co-emperor Licinius, the Edict of Milan was signed officially ending the persecution of Christians.
- Christians are warned against committing the Seven Deadly Sins including pride, greed, sloth, wrath, lust, envy, anger, and gluttony. In addition, religious leaders such as the Pope, bishop, archbishop, priest, pastor, minister, clergy, preacher, and deacon administer the teachings and sermons.
- Places of worship include churches, cathedrals, parishes, meeting halls, and basilicas, but Jesus also says in Matthew 18:20 that “For where two or three gather together in My name, there am I with them.”
- Other prominent figures of Christianity include the Virgin Mary (Jesus’ mother), Abraham, John the Baptist, and the Apostles.
- The New Testament contains 27 books in which four of the Gospels talk about the life and stories Jesus.
- Today, there are many Christian denominations around the world. Three of which are the Roman Catholics comprising half the world’s Christians; the Eastern Orthodox with over 160 million adherents; and the Protestants with approximately 800 million followers.
- Christianity is mainly practiced in North America, South, America, Europe, and parts of Asia.
- The center of the Roman Catholic Church is located in Vatican City, at St. Peter’s Basilica.
- In 1054, Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy separated after the Patriarch of Constantinople and the Pope excommunicated each other. Since then, political, cultural, and religious differences exist. Eastern Orthodoxy includes the Greek and Russian Churches. During the 16th century, Protestantism rose as a protest against the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V. Today, denominational groups such as the Baptists, Methodists, Episcopalians, Evangelists, Presbyterians and Pentecostals exist.
- The Christian faith celebrates holidays such as the Advent, Christmas, Lent, Epiphany, Easter Sunday, and All Saint’s Day. Rituals such as the holy communion, baptism, and marriage seal the life of a Christian.
- Christmas commemorates the birth of Jesus and is celebrated every 25th day of December and the 6th of January for the Eastern Orthodox. Days of Saints are also celebrated with church activities and festivities.
- In the American popular culture, St. Patrick’s Day and Valentine’s Day are well celebrated.
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Christianity Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about Christianity which is the world’s largest religion, with over 2.4 billion believers. Christians adhere to the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, or Savior.
Download includes the following worksheets:
- Christianity Facts
- According to the Gospel
- Famous Bible Stories
- The New and Old Testaments
- Biblical Figures
- The Ten Commandments
- Christian Denominations
- Holidays and Rituals
- Seven Cardinal Sins
- Places of Worship
- Dear God
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