ChristianityCh. 16What do you know about Christianity???
Religions of the World
I. Life of JesusBorn in Bethlehem to Joseph and MaryGrew up in NazarethJewish educationWorked as a carpenterBegan preaching at about 30Only one GodAll children of GodSinners would be forgivenEverlasting life to those who believe and follow his teachings
Went to Jerusalem to celebrate PassoverGreeted as the messiahArrested and found guilty of treasonCrucified and resurrected from the deadDisciples spread the teachings of Jesus
LeprosyDisfiguring infectious diseaseCaused by bacteriaContagiousCharacterized by skin sores, loss of feeling, nerve damageFortunately can be cured todayThroughout history, lepers were isolated
Romans Persecuting Christians, Why???
II. Christianity and RomeWhy Romans did not trust Christians!Would not worship emperor as a GodDid not want to serve in armyDid not worship Roman GodsEveryone equal in eyes of God
Christianity still spreads. Why?Paul and other dedicated apostlesPax RomanaBasic principles were appealingEveryone equalBetter life after deathAll Gods childrenBy 400AD, Theodosius makes Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire
III. Church OrganizationPope- One, named FrancisHeads the catholic church and BishopsBishop of Diocese of RomePriest of St Johns BasilicaBishops- 2946 world wideHeads a diocesePriest of a cathedralPriests- 219,000 priestsHeads a parishCatholic people1 billion
Monasteries- Christian communitiesMonks vs. hermitsBenedictines ruleGive up all possessionsCould not marryReligious services 8 times a dayRest of time working in fields or other jobsCould you be a monk or hermit??
Break up of the Early Christian ChurchReasonsWho is head of the church?Should icons be used during service?Selling of indulgences?Branches of ChristianityCatholicsProtestantsOrthodox