Although the Christian Religion has divided into many denominations over the years, all of them agree on such fundamentals as the Bible, The Trinity, and the teachings of the Creeds. Most of the denominations that exist at present, developed since the Protestant Reformation.
Christianity was founded in the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth, early in the 1st century, 30-33 AD, with his teachings, miracles, crucifixion and resurrection.
Today it is the largest religion in the world, with about 2 billion followers. Especially dominate in the western world, today’s Christianity has a wide variety of forms, beliefs, and practices, but all center on faith in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
Within the Christian Religion, we believe that Jesus Christ was the Messiah that was written about within the prophecies in the Old Testament, The Son of God, True God and True Man, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
He came to earth as the Savior of man by taking the sin of man to a crucified death upon the cross. Three days later Jesus rose from the dead and days later Ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, and will come again on the final days to judge all people.
Over the following three hundred years, even though followers were persecuted, the Christian Religion continued to grow throughout the Roman Empire. The conversion of Emperor Constantine, to Christianity in 312 AD served to establish official toleration of Christianity. In 380 AD Christianity was made the official Religion within the Roman Empire.
In 386 Augustine also converted to the Christian Religion. For the next 600 years there was great conflict between the Eastern and Western churches, resulting in the Great Schism in 1054 that led to separate groups recognized today as The Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches.
The next key events in the history of Christianity takes place approximately 1517, when Martin Luther wrote his 95 Theses, which challenges some of the practices within the Catholic Church, significantly rejecting the validity of indulgences. Martin Luther taught justification by faith alone, authority of scripture alone, because of Christ alone, which was in direct conflict of the church’s doctrines of indulgences.