OH(MIGHTY)GOD!

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Origin of Christianity I bet you must be wondering how the Son of God came about and became the central figure of Christianity way back in 30 CE. According to BBC, Christianity is known to be the most prominent religion in the world with billions of followers. Introducing the founder of Christianity – Jesus Christ. He was also known as Jesus of Nazareth. Apart from the suspicion that he may be just one of the many Gods who existed in the past like Buddha, he has proven to be real by giving his followers the most precious gift of Holy Spirit. It is otherwise known as Speaking in Tongues. According to 1 Corinthians (14:2) in the Bible, this spiritual gift is the evidence of his existence that will enable his followers to communicate and establish a connection with him in the spiritual world. In other words, it is a spiritual gift to his followers to keep their faith in God. To all the non-Christians out there, you must be thinking, “What does he have to do with us?” Well… Let’s just be open-minded and take it with a pinch of salt to learn more about this God. Have you ever wonder how Christianity has emerged from the beginning of CE till now and evolved over the course of 2,000 years? How has Christianity gained so many followers across many different countries for decades? Read on to find out more!

Early Life of Jesus Christ

Here’s a little biography about the Lord Jesus Christ. According to Matthew (2:1) in the Bible, he was born in 3 BCE by Mary and Joseph during the reign of Herod the Great in Bethlehem. As you all may not know, Mary was a virgin nun and many believed that Christ was born through “Immaculate Conception”. Therefore, Herod felt threatened by his birth and tried to kill him by ordering the execution of all newborn male babies. However, Joseph was informed by the warning of an angel and brought the family to Egypt before settling down in the town of Nazareth, in the city of Galilee. Little was known about the early life of Jesus, as he left no written records at all. There was only one account written by Luke about the 12 years old Jesus Christ who followed his parents on a religious expedition to the city of Jerusalem.

His Influence in Israel

Before his well-known establishment as a public figure in 27 CE, he was a very humble teacher in the city of Judea. At the age of 30, Christ went to look for John to be baptized. Upon his baptism, John declared him as the "Son of God". Here’s a fun fact: John was his cousin. Ever since Christ was baptized, he began to preach about the Kingdom of God and spread the gospel to the people of Israel. He called out to his disciples and formed a ministry of his own. According to Mark (11:42) in the Bible, he viewed John the Baptist as an authoritative figure and conduct initiation rites (baptism) similar to John’s method. In his teachings, he focused on repentance of sins as well as expressing love for one another, especially to God. This is supported from Mark 12:28, Matthew 22:35 and Luke 10:25 in the Bible; “Thou shalt love the God thy Lord with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” and “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself”. Also, he was known to have performed miraculous healing on the people. Based on the New Testament, it was stated that he was able to heal the sick, raise the dead and cast out devils. Therefore, he gained popularity to wherever he went and thousands followed him.

Crucifixion and Resurrection

Unfortunately, it was later known that one of his disciples known as Judas Iscariot betrayed him with a kiss while holding a bag of 30 pieces of silver during the Last Supper. Apparently, he was bribed by the Roman soldiers and led them to the Garden of Gethsemane to capture Christ. Jesus was then brought before to Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor of Judea back in 30 CE. He asked Christ if he claimed to be the King of Jews, which Christ never did. In fact, he has secretly collaborated with the Jewish Council of the plan to execute Jesus because of his power that may pose as a threat to the Roman political scene. Back then, it was clearly against the Roman's intervention to restore order. Thus, Pontius Pilate condemned Jesus of claiming himself as the King of Jews. The crucifixion took place at Mount Calvary and he was put on a cross. During his final breath, he uttered a prayer to his Father in Heaven and an earthquake happened, which destroyed part of the temple. After he died, he was taken down from the cross and buried in a cave. The cave was then sealed up and guarded by Roman soldiers. However, his mother and disciples found it empty only to realize he had already resurrected three days after his death. Many days later, Jesus was eating with his disciples and it took them some time to recognize that it was Christ himself. After preaching to his disciples to spread the gospel to all nations, Jesus was then brought up to heaven on a cloud. Ever since that day, his teachings have been widely spread globally across continents and his number of followers and believers are ever increasing.

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