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Christianity (from the Ancient Greek word Χριστός, Khristos, "Christ", literally "anointed one") is a monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus as presented in canonical gospels and other New Testament writings. Adherents of the Christian faith are known as Christians.

Christianity teaches that Jesus is the Son of God, God having become human and the savior of humanity. Because of this, Christians commonly refer to Jesus as Christ or Messiah. The three largest groups in the world of Christianity are the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox churches, and the various churches of Protestantism. The Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox patriarchates split from one another in the East-West Schism of 1054 AD, and Protestantism came into existence during the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century, splitting from the Roman Catholic Church.

The word Christianity is the label that has been widely accepted by the secular and church-world to describe the practice of faith by the followers or disciples of Jesus Christ.

Christianity began as a Jewish sect in the mid-1st century. Originating in the eastern Mediterranean coast of the Middle East (modern Israel and Palestine), it quickly spread to Syria, Mesopotamia, Asia Minor and Egypt, it grew in size and influence over a few decades, and by the 4th century had become the dominant religion within the Roman Empire. During the Middle Ages, most of the remainder of Europe was Christianized, with Christians also being a sometimes large religious minority in the Middle East, North Africa, Ethiopia and parts of India. Following the Age of Discovery, through missionary work and colonization, Christianity spread to the Americas, Australasia, sub Saharan Africa and the rest of the world.

Christians believe that Jesus is the Messiah prophesied in the Hebrew Bible, referred to as the "Old Testament" in Christianity. The foundation of Christian theology is expressed in the early Christian ecumenical creeds, which contain claims predominantly accepted by followers of the Christian faith. These professions state that Jesus suffered, died, was buried, and was resurrected from the dead to open heaven to those who believe in him and trust him for the remission of their sins (salvation). They further maintain that Jesus bodily ascended into heaven where he rules and reigns with God the Father. Most denominations teach that Jesus will return to judge all humans, living and dead, and grant eternal life to his followers. He is considered the model of a virtuous life, and both the revealer and physical incarnation of God. Christians call the message of Jesus Christ the Gospel ("good news") and hence refer to the earliest written accounts of his ministry as gospels.

As of the early 21st century, Christianity has around 2.2 billion adherents. Christianity represents about a quarter to a third of the world's population and is the world's largest religion.



 

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Comment by Universal Divine Being Isis on July 24, 2011 at 9:58pm


Lydell Jackson Comment by Lydell Jackson 9 hours ago

    When black folk adopt anything we really make it our own and take it to a whole nother level. This is expecially true of the "Christian Faith"...We have adopted a faith that was never part of our ancestry but a Eurocentric message forced upon us with slavery and colonial envasions. We have not only learned the basic tenants of that faith, but have practiced it with dedication and deligence until we have made it a part of our fabric of life. Dare I say we are more dedicated practitioners than many of those from which this particular faith was spawned. Next level please!

Thank you Mighty warrior Lydell.

 

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Comment by Wes Barnard on July 24, 2011 at 2:26pm

How do I express my thoughts in such a way that I do not close the minds of my people? This is my sincere effort, so please forgive me in advance should I fail. Our ancestors were stolen, enslaved and brought to this continent in chains by 'christians'. These 'christians' stripped our forefathers of their language, names, culture, traditions and religion. Instead they were given a new language, new names, new culture, traditions and a new religion called 'christianity'.

 

Today, Sunday, the churches are resonating with the shouts of praise to JESUS. Prayers are sent heavenward to JESUS. When something wonderful happens, we are taught to give the credit to JESUS. We are taught to worship JESUS only and if anyone questions these teachings they are to looked upon with great suspicion. If someone is asked what church do they go to and the answer is, "I have not attended church in years." This person is not to be trusted and there is something seriously wrong with him/her.

 

If you were to ask, "Why not?" you might learn a great deal. But most will simply take a step back and change the subject.  

 

Many of these people have not been to church in years because they have studied the Book and know it's contents. Most of our people have not studied the BOOK and know it's contents. On the contrary, they sit like little children and accept whatever the preacher teaches from the pulpit. You would think any religion taught to us by our oppressor should undergo the closest of scrutiny. Those of us who actually study Scripture and compare the savage behavior of our oppressors can see clearly that they cannot be considered 'christians'. To this day, we example after example of their savagery, yet we swallow their theology down in one gulp.

 

Study of the Scriptures reveal institutionalized christianity is a fraud. Their teachings and interpretation of Scripture are flawed and full of lies.

 

Let me illustrate. The Bible is very clear about the Almighty God's position on who is God? There is only ONE true God. - John 17:3. Yet, the institutionalized 'church' has my people praying to His son - Jesus. This same church teaches that Jesus and the Almighty are equal, one and the same. Common sense ought to tell us that is not true. Jesus never equated himself to God, his Father. In fact, he referred to his Father as "My God, my God, why have your forsaken me?". - Matt.27:46.

Over and over again, Jesus pointed the superiority of his Father over him. Yet, the church teaches a Trinity doctrine - that Jesus, the Almighty and the Holy Spirit are all really co-equal and co-eternal. Yet, Scripture says that is not true. God said, '...besides me there is no God.' - Isa.44:6.

 

One more example, Sister Dana Manno wrote a nice piece, but makes the mistake of not making the distinction between religious teachings and dogmas vs. our African heritage. You have never challenged that the Bible is full of African people. You never challenged that the origins of Christianity was Africa. What you are expressing is our gullibly accepting our oppressors the false religious teachings. Somewhere it is written, "My people are dying due to a lack of knowledge." 

 

As a people, I challenge each of us to closely examine the teachings of the church we attend. Look for support for those teachings in the original blueprint - the Scriptures. If it isn't there, then they made it up. If they made it up, we need to get up and get out. Somebody's lying and we know God cannot lie. 

 

Find the Truth for yourself. Begin your search immediately. Peace and blessings to one and all. 

Comment by Dana Manno on July 24, 2011 at 1:45pm

Dear Lydell, 

I was so excited when I saw you had created a "Christianity" page, but I must say, I am disappointed. To say that Christianity is not part of our heritage is falling for the brainwashing and the propaganda put out by the descendants of the Khazarian Empire. AFRICANS WERE THE FIRST CHRISTIANS.  In fact, the famed "Arch of the Covenant" made famous in the "Indiana Jones" film series, is housed in Ethiopia and not in some US government vault (that was just fiction for the movies). We are always letting other people and institutions co-opt our history and our culture. If you want to see real depictions of Jesus, look at the ancient painting in Ethiopia or Eastern Europe. The original Hebrews looked like us and were not so-called jew-"ish". They were descendants of Abraham and not converts to the Hebrew faith. How do you think Moses hid among the Egyptians and lived as one of them if he did not look like them? They, too, looked like you and me. That is why it was so insulting to the Falalsha of Ethiopia when the converts now ruling Israel took it upon themselves to "teach" the REAL Hebrews how to be Jews. It reminds me of an incident I had as a young woman when the mother of a white friend I had was sure that she knew more about being black because she had taken a course in college. I see from your posts that you seem to be referring more to blacks that have let themselves be oppressed by Christian philosophy. You are such a good webmaster, I don't understand how you got fooled on this one. That is one of the reasons I was so pleased that the former Pope hailed from Poland. He had many issues, but he knew the truth. The patron saint of Poland is "The Black Madonna of Częstochowa". The Pope would often give press conferences standing in front of paintings of the Black Madonna. I used to love to watch the reporters try to angle their shots to keep her out of the picture, but the Pope seemed to notice and would change his stance to keep her included. The Black Madonna also shows up in Spain in the cathedral in Montserrat Spain, one of the most racist countries. In trying to explain her "blackness" they blame the smoke from the many candles burned for the Madonna. The "no room in the inn" story has everything to do with racism in a place ruled by the Romans. The "black" couple had to stay in the barn. Please replace the pictures of Christ to reflect a more truthful depiction. There is a book called "The Thirteenth Tribe" which gives some background on this issue. You can also check http://www.lostisrael.com/khazars.htm.

 

Have a brilliant Sunday.

Comment by Lydell Jackson on July 24, 2011 at 12:23pm

When black folk adopt anything we really make it our own and take it to a whole nother level. This is expecially true of the "Christian Faith"...We have adopted a faith that was never part of our ancestry but a Eurocentric message forced upon us with slavery and colonial envasions. We have not only learned the basic tenants of that faith, but have practiced it with dedication and deligence until we have made it a part of our fabric of life. Dare I say we are more dedicated practitioners than many of those from which this particular faith was spawned. Next level please!

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