Britannica Concise Encyclopedia: Christianity

Religion stemming from the teachings of Jesus in the 1st century AD. Its sacred scripture is the Bible, particularly the New Testament. Its principal tenets are that Jesus is the Son of God (the second person of the Holy Trinity), that God’s love for the world is the essential component of his being, and that Jesus died to redeem humankind. Christianity was originally a movement of Jews who accepted Jesus as the messiah, but the movement quickly became predominantly Gentile. The early church was shaped by St. Paul and other Christian missionaries and theologians; it was persecuted under the Roman Empire but supported by Constantine I, the first Christian emperor. In medieval and early modern Europe, Christian thinkers such as St. Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and Martin Luther contributed to the growth of Christian theology, and beginning in the 15th century missionaries spread the faith throughout much of the world. The major divisions of Christianity are Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Protestantism. Nearly all Christian churches have an ordained clergy, members of which are typically though not universally male. Members of the clergy lead group worship services and are viewed as intermediaries between the laity and the divine in some churches. Most Christian churches administer two sacraments, baptism and the Eucharist. In the early 21st century there were more than two billion adherents of Christianity throughout the world, found on all continents.


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  1. In Matthew 27:52-53 The Bible tells us that upon the death of Jesus, “Mat 27:52 and the tombs were opened; and many bodies of the saints that had fallen asleep were raised; Mat 27:53 and coming forth out of the tombs after his resurrection they entered into the holy city and appeared unto many. “ If this were a true occurrence would it not be recorded by other historians? Are the rotting and roted corpses still walking the Earth today? Did the die again and return to their graves? Did they fly up to Heaven with Jesus? Did they look up old friends and relations and have dinner with them? This Biblical occurrence, as recorded in only one of the Gospels, goes against our God-given reason! Surely such an amazing occurrence would be recorded by the Romans who ruled Palestine at that time. Would such an event not be worthy of inclusion into the other Gospels? Think about it! If the dead were rising from their graves, hanging out in the cemetery for three days, and then walking into Jerusalem to be seen by Many, surely someone would have recorded this amazing event! If this Biblical Myth makes you wonder about the validity and truthfulness of the Bible, then maybe you are ready to unite your God-given reason to your belief in God and not the claims of some “Holy Book”. You are a Deist my friend!


    • You are absolutely correct… There is absolutely no evidence that Jesus ever existed Read The Myth of Christianity by Alexander James ISBN 0-9578738-08
      for a full account . No Roman or Jewish historian of the time ever mentions a Jesus, yet he is supposed to be the Messiah..Paul created and marketed Christianity along with the shrewd wealthy merchant Barnabas who saw the potential of marketing a new religion amongst the Gentiles with the promise of another eternal life.

      • I agree with you on that. Paul was a shrewd businessman and I feel he was the true founder of modern day Christianity, whidh is just another Mystery religion, and another salvation scheme.

  2. The genealogies of Jesus Christ

    The book of Matthew Chapter 1 Verse 6 gives the genealogy of Jesus Christ from David to Jesus. Luke 3 verse 23 also gives the genealogy of Jesus Christ through David. The differences in the number of generations 28 as compared to 43. Secondly after 2 Joseph none of the names match. How can this be if not a total fabrication by the authors, neither of which has more authority than the other. The argument that the genealogy listed in Luke is for Mary does not stand because of the 15 generation difference between then

    The challenge I pose is open to all Christians,be they ministers or lay persons, to explain the genealogies and the errancy of the Bible. I hold that they can not and that the Bible is a fabrication, a collection of books which were written for specific sects of Christianity and were never intended to be compared side by side.


  3. A God of Love?

    Here is a little tidbit for those who go around proclaiming the “Love of God” or “God is love” of even “God is a loving God, and he Loves you”. To those that believe God is love and loving they only have to read the old testament! After all if the Bible is the “Word of God” and that the Bible contains “No errors or contradictions”, then you must believe ALL of the Bible or NONE of it. The following is but a small sampling of the violence contained within the Bibles pages.

    Biblical scholar Raymond Schwager: ( About : Raymund Schwager (born November 11, 1935-February 27, 2004) was a Swiss Roman Catholic theologian )

    “… has found 600 passages of explicit violence in the Hebrew Bible [a.k.a. Old Testament], 1000 verses where God’s own violent actions of punishment are described, 100 passages where God expressly commands others to kill people, and several stories where God irrationally kills or tries to kill for no apparent reason. Violence … is easily the most often mentioned activity in the Hebrew Bible.”

    Many passages in the Hebrew Scriptures describe major loss of life, most were conventional wars. Four events would qualify as genocides under current definitions . They were:

    1. The worldwide flood during the time of Noah as described in Genesis, chapters 6 to 8. According to the description, it wiped out the human race, with the exception of Noah, his wife and sons and their wives.

    2. The Passover described in Exodus chapters 11 and 12, in which all the firstborn of Egypt were slaughtered. This included newborns, children, youths, adults, the elderly.

    3. In the conquest of Canaan, God ordered the Hebrews to completely exterminate the Canaanite people – Man, woman and children, and is described throughout the book of Joshua occurring in Jericho and other Caananite cities.

    The near extermination of the tribe of Benjamin by the remaining 11 tribes. This was triggered by the serial rape and murder of a priest’s concubine by a few Benjamites. See Judges, chapter 20.

    The first three of the above genocides have three factors in common:

    1. The Bible explains that God was primarily responsible.

    2. Many liberal Christians, liberal Jews, historians and biblical archaeologists believe that all three are religious myths — stories of great spiritual significance concerning events that never happened.

    3. Jewish and Christian conservatives generally believe in that the authors of the Bible were inspired by God with their writings being inerrant. They believe the genocides happened as described in the Bible.

    In addition, the book of Revelation, predicts that a massive genocide will occur at some time in our future, and in association with the war of Armageddon and the end of the world as we know it



    Many are those that declare “the Bible Is True”, Is it really? Do you believe the following without reasonable doubt?

    Bible truth? Snakes eat dust?
    Gen 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

    Bible truth? Fowls with four legs?
    Lev 11:20 All fowls that creep, going upon all four, shall be an abomination unto you.

    Bible truth? Hares and rabbits chew cud?
    Lev 11:6 And the hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.

    Bible truth? Beatles and insects with four feet?
    Lev 11:21 Yet these may ye eat of every flying creeping thing that goeth upon all four, which have legs above their feet, to leap withal upon the earth;
    Lev 11:22 Even these of them ye may eat; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper after his kind.

    Bible truth? Balaam and Donkey (ass) have a conversation?
    Num 22:28 And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?
    Num 22:29 And Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee.
    Num 22:30 And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee? And he said, Nay.


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