Christianity

        Christianity was and is one of the worlds most important and popular religions.  It started out in Palastine in the Middle East and like many other religions moved to the Roman Empire.  At first most Romans disliked and dis agreed with Christianity.  Later on though, in about 400 A.D. Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire.
       Jesus was the creator of Christianity.  He was born in Bethlehem, but grew up in Nazareth.  Jesus got a good Jewish education in the local sinagogue.   He learned the sacred writings and prayers in the Hebrew language.   He later worked as a carpenter.   When Jesus was about 30 years  old, he began to teach others his ideas.  People came from all over the country to see Jesus speak and hear his wise words.  Jesus said that God loved everyone like a father loved his children.  Therefor everyone should love God and one another.  One of the main reasons Jesus was listened to was because he was easy to understand.  He spoke in simple words and told stories to teach lessons on good and evil, selfless and selfish, etc.   In  33 A.D. Jesus and his 12  disciples, or followers. went to Jerusalem to celebrate  the Jewish holiday Passover.  Passover was the celebration of the Exodus  and other related things.  During that  time the Jerusalem was restless  because Jews were convicted of treason.  Why?   Because the Jews worshiped their gods, and not the Roman Emperor.  They said:"Why should we worship a person- even if they are all powerful."  When Jesus arived in Jerusalem he was greeted like a messiah, or savior.  Later Jesus was convicted of treason and was crucified, meaning that he was execute on a cross- like lower criminals.  Jesus'  disciples  were very saddened until they heard that Jesus rose from the dead!  Wow...spooky!  This is called resurrection, rising from the dead.  It is said that Jesus stayed on Earth for 40 days until going to heaven.  People started to think that Jesus was Gods human son.  Later Jesus was known as Christ, after the Greek word Christos, meaning "messiah."
       The disciples were among the first people to become Christians.  After Jesus' death they tried to spread his gospel.  First they went to Palestine and had no success.  The people there wanted a political messiah, not a religious one.  After going to other places in the Middle East, they were successful.  Meanwhile there was a Jew named Paul.  First Paul mistreated and hated Christians because he thought that they were a danger to Jewish society.  Later, because of one peculiar incident he changed his mind.  Paul heard Christ talk to him and blind him with bright white light.  Quick change of mind!  Paul then became a Christian and tried to spread the religion.  He preaches to gentiles about the Christian religion.  These people didn't have to follow Christian law and religion, believing in Christ/Jesus (Which ever one you like.) was enough.  Paul also became a missionary.  Missionary's are people who travel around teaching people their religion.
       When Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire, Christianity spread even more!  However, political conditions didn't help.  People (Romans) didn't like the Christians for not worshiping the emperor as a God.  This lead to Christianity becoming illegal and many Christians being killed.  Later on though, slaves and other hard workers with not so good of lives, switched to Christianity because of the promise of a better life after death(heaven). 

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