Christianity, A Monotheistic Religion Essay

1056 Words Jan 18th, 2016 5 Pages
Christianity, a monotheistic religion, can be traced back to the Mediterranean, and stems from a single founder, in this case, Jesus. Christian teachings hold that Jesus is the son of God, placed on Earth to teach people how to live according to God’s plan. Jesus of Nazareth was born in Bethlehem, and during his lifetime, he traveled through the eastern Mediterranean region preaching, performing miracles, and gaining followers. Christians celebrate Easter as the day Jesus rose from the dead after being crucified three days prior (Good Friday). However, like all major world religions, Christianity has existed for many centuries and, therefore, has many different groups within it. Most of these groups agree on the basic tenets of the faith regarding Jesus, the salvation brought by his death, the oneness of God, the existence of heaven and hell, and a few other claims. They differ, however, on several important points- enough to actually break away from each other and form new expressions of the faith. Protestantism, Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy are the three major divisions within Christianity, each having very different and distinctive beliefs or practices, institutional organizations, and each differ on issues around marriage rules and the sacraments.
Although they agree on core doctrines like the divinity of Jesus Christ and the authority of the Bible, each denomination has its own distinctive beliefs or practices. For example, Roman Catholicism represents the…

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