A religion founded on the life and teachings of Jesus. Christianity is based on the belief that Jesus of Nazareth was the anticipated Jewish Messiah, the Anointed One. In Greek, Messiah is Christ. The Christian interpretation is that in Jesus, the One God was incarnated and worked to achieve salvation for humanity. While other religions include the idea of incarnation, none stress it so strongly as a central doctrine. Christianity is also different in stressing orthodoxy (right belief and attitude) over orthopraxy (right action and behavior). Most major religions stress doing the right things to produce the right mindset and belief. Christianity stresses that right action without right belief is empty and it is the inner belief that matters most. Christians believe that Jesus was born in Bethlehem of the Virgin Mary. He was a Jew from a small village called Nazareth in the Galilee region. He was a teacher and healer with at least a small following. Because of the messianic interpretation of his work, he was crucified (dying for the sins of mankind in the process thus saving humanity) in Jerusalem for treason in the early 30s CE on the order of the Roman governor Pontius Pilate.
Jesus’ last words were to forgive those who had killed him and a quote of Psalm 22, which begins as a cry of abandonment and ends with the vindication of the believer. With Sabbath coming, the plan was to break the men’s legs in the afternoon so they would die quickly, but by about 3:00 pm Jesus was already dead. A stab in the side with a spear was used as confirmation. A member of the Sanhedrin named Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus so it could be buried according to Jewish law. Pilate agreed. This was unusual as most criminals crucified were denied proper burial. With Sabbath coming, the women hurried to get the body laid out in the tomb provided by Joseph. The plan was to finish the process on Sunday. The Gospels state a guard was posted at the tomb to keep the disciples away. The followers of Jesus reported that when the women arrived at the tomb on Sunday, it was empty. Not believing them, John and Peter confirmed it. The community related that soon Jesus appeared to them in the flesh. The point being God had raised him from the dead to vindicate his message. Paul the apostle is often called the founder of Christianity. Because of Paul, the Church becomes a universal one, not just a subsect of Judaism. Paul lays the theological foundation for Christianity, including its most critical doctrines. Paul’s letters to the churches he served formed the nucleus of the New Testament.
by ♫ Highway to Hell ♫ July 01, 2010
The belief that a cosmic Jewish Zombie who was his own father can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree.
Yeah, christianity makes sense.
by OogaBooga May 03, 2007
A religion based on the new testament section of the bible, containing the life and works of Jesus Christ. Main beliefs can be found in the prayers, Apostle's Creed and Nicene Creed. Some beliefs also based on Judaism and the Old Testament. Teaches that there is one singular God who if merciful and forgiving. Unadultered principles of teachings are kindness and forgiveness, basically to hate the sin and love the sinner. Has many sects and denominations.
Mother Teresa was and is a fine example of somebody who truly follows Christianity.
by 5463 June 30, 2004
The religion founded during the first century of Jesus of Nazareth (aka Jesus the Christ, Jesus Christ). A religion manipulated by conservatives to get more votes by thumping bibles on moral issues but ignoring the command to take care of the poor and vulnerable.
Most of these right wing people have their own brand of Christianity, better known as Republican Christianity.
by MrClean March 16, 2005
A Monotheistic relgion puts alot of emphasis on sins and punishment. Many Christians ignore the fact that most "sins" are just human nature.
christian: Christianity told me to hate you because you're gay.
Gay: Didn't christianity ALSO tell you to love me because I'm human?
christian:....I'll let god handle this
Gay: pussy
by Indyblue March 16, 2006
The devotional worship of a 2,000 year old mythical dead Jew on a stick, as Chriatianity prefer Jews in that condition.
In Christianity, churches have a dead Jew on a stick hanging on the wall.
by Elaygee June 04, 2006
Complete and utter bullshit
Bob: Hey Jim, I found Jesus! I believe in Christianity now.

Jim: You're a fucking dumbass
by Captain Cracker April 02, 2007

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