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Introduction of Christianity

A religion followed by Christians is Christianity and Christians believe that Jesus left for heaven in his body form and mixes with the God, and his followers believe that Jesus is a model for everyone, and his existence and life is referred as Gospel which means, Good News and narrates the life history of Jesus Christ and his preaching and Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are considered to be very special and thus, find a place in the Bible.

Christian theology is summarized in creeds such as the Apostles' Creed and Nicene Creed. These professions of faith state that Jesus suffered, died, were buried, descended into hell, and rose from the dead, in order to grant eternal life to those who believe in him and trust in him for the remission of their sins. The creeds further maintain that Jesus bodily ascended into heaven, where he reigns with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, and that he will return to judge the living and the dead and grant eternal life to his followers. His incarnation, earthly ministry, crucifixion and resurrection are often referred to as "the gospel", meaning "good news". The term gospel also refers to written accounts of Jesus's life and teaching, four of which-Matthew, Mark, Luke and John-are considered canonical and included in the Christian Bible.

 

Symbols of Christianity

The cross symbol, which is today one of the most widely recognized religious symbols in the world is the earliest used Christian symbol. In the broadest sense it symbolizes the religion of Christian. More specifically, it represents and memorializes Christ's death.

 

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History

The beginning of Christianity relates to first century, in the form of a Jewish wing, and spread very fast to the regions of Syria, Mesopotamia, Asia Minor and Egypt. With a fast spread all over, Christianity by the end of 4th century became the official State church of Roman Empire, thus overtaking all other religions. The middle Ages became the most crucial period during which entire Europe became follower of Christianity. Christianity also spread to other Countries like Middle East, North Africa, Ethiopia and parts of Indian continent, in the form of a minority community. Later also, other countries viz America, Australasia, sub Saharan Africa also became famous Christian states and thus became a prominent religion of Western Countries.

 

Prayer in Christianity

Liturgical prayers

Elements of the oldest Christian prayers may be found in liturgies such as the Roman Catholic Tridentate Mass which is based on the Liturgy of St James, the Mass of Paul VI, the Orthodox Divine Liturgy, the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, and the Lutheran Book of Worship.

Seasonal prayers

Many denominations that adhere to a liturgical tradition use specific prayers geared to the season of the Liturgical Year, such as Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter. Some of these prayers are found in the Roman Breviary, the Liturgy of the Hours, the Orthodox Book of Needs and the Anglican Book of Common Prayer.

Prayer to saints

The ancient church, in both Eastern Christianity and Western Christianity, developed a tradition of asking for the intercession of (deceased) saints, and this remains the practice of most Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and some Anglican churches. Churches of the Protestant Reformation however rejected prayer to the saints, largely on the basis of the sole mediator ship of Christ. The reformer Huldrych Zwingli admitted that he had offered prayers to the saints until his reading of the Bible convinced him that this was idolatrous.

Meditation and contemplative prayer

Christian meditation is a structured attempt to get in touch with and deliberately reflect upon the revelations of God. The word meditation comes from the Latin word meditari, which has a range of meanings including to reflect on, to study and to practice. Christian meditation is the process of deliberately focusing on specific thoughts (such as a bible passage) and reflecting on their meaning in the context of the love of God.

Intercessory prayer

This kind of prayer involves the believer taking the role of an intercessor, praying on behalf of another individual, group or community, or even a nation.

Listening prayer

Listening prayer is a type of Christian prayer. As compared with the traditional Christian prayer, the listening prayer method demands "hearing and discerning God's voice through prayer and scripture; then obeying the Lord's direction in personal ministry."

Traditional Christian prayer requested people to thank God, as well as tell God their own request. When their prayers seemed unanswered, some would feel that God did not hear them or did not respond to them. Listening prayer asks: "Was it that God did not respond to you, or was it that you did not hear from God"? Listening prayer requires those praying to calm their minds down and read the Scripture. During the reading, some sentences may pop into mind, as if in answer to their prayers.

 

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Christianity's Holy book

The Bible is the account of God’s action in the world, and his purpose with all creation. The writing of the Bible took place over sixteen centuries and is the work of over forty human authors. It is quite an amazing collection of 66 books with very different styles, all containing the message God desired us to have.

 

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