A History of Christianity

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Christianity is one of the world’s most widely practiced religions and has a long history spanning back over two-thousand years. Some might say that its history might go back even farther to include the history of Judaism because there are prophets in Hebrew scripture who foretold the coming of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe to be the Messiah that God promised the Jewish people. This paper discusses how Christianity influences our society today, some of its history along with some of our beliefs. However, it is impossible to tell the complete history of Christianity in just one essay because for all two thousand years it has been in existence, there are literally thousands of things to talk about. The construction of our religious…show more content…
A religion which offered them spiritual rewards after death appealed to them greatly. A person who is almost as important to Christianity as Jesus himself is Paul of Tarsus. Originally, he was known as “Saul” before he converted around 35AD. Ironically, he persecuted the Christians. He was the one who approved of the stoning of the first Christian Martyr, St. Stephen. Acts 9:1-5 in the Bible reads:
“"But Saul, still breathing threats of slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, that if he found any men or women belonging to this Way (a word used for Christianity at that time), he might bring them in bonds to Jerusalem. And as he went on his journey, it came to pass that he drew near to Damascus, when suddenly a light from heaven shone round about him; and falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why dost thou persecute me?" And he said, "Who art thou Lord?" And He said, "I am Jesus whom thou art persecuting."
Shortly after this encounter, he became regretful and went on to become who could considered to be one of the first Christian evangelists. He became known as Paul and because he was born in a Greek city, he was able to explain the basic Christian beliefs in a way that the Greco-Romans could understand. He taught this to people in Greece, Italy, and in the Middle East as well (Guisepi, 8). He also created the Christian theology, which is a
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