Prof. Gail McCrady
March 20, 2014
Christianity Vs. Judaism
At the most basic levels Christians are anyone who professes that Jesus of Nazareth is the “Christ” (the “Messiah or the Anointed one”) of God. This might sound simple, yet what does It mean? And what else do Christians believe about “Jesus” and “God.” Christianity is the Number one religion worldwide with 2.1 participants. It is approximately one third of the Worlds population. (and about god.com)
The name “Christ” what does it mean? It is derived from the Greek word “Christos” Meaning the Anointed One, which in turn comes from the verb “Chrio” meaning to anoint Or to smear with oil, it has exactly the same meaning as “Messiah” which is derived from the Hebrew Mashiah meaning also the “Anointed One.” (Felix Just PhD) According to Act 11:26 (Holy Bible)This was the first time those who believe in Jesus was called Christians, it was in Antioch a Greek speaking city in Ancient Syria at about the year 35 to 40 C.E. (Holy Bible)
Since the early years of Christianity, various myths, legends even conspiracy theories About the origin of the Bible, ( which has had worldwide circulation,) The discovery of many Books that was not accepted into the Bible has only added to the speculations. There are three Major speculations to its origin. The first is Divine Diction- that states, in the grip of the Holy Ghost they received a divine revelation directly from God It was translated and written down Without any error. The second Imperial Decree- this view suggests that the official and final Contents of the Bible were established by ecclesial councils order by Emperor Constantine And his successors. The third and final The Forgeries and Falsehoods- this view states that It wasn’t who the actual writers purported to be. Rather, much of the new testament was Written by frauds impersonating famous and powerful Christians of earlier generations. (All about religion.com)
Sadly, Christians have debated, disagreed and divided themselves over these questions For the most of 2000 years. Thus there is a bewildering number of different Christian groups, Sects, and denominations in the world today. How can we even begin to organize or understand The relationship of so many different branches? I have chosen to state the three main branches 1. Roman Catholicism
2. Eastern Orthodox Christianity
From these there are many sub-branches and from these sub-branches there are even more Branches. How can one even start to understand them all? (Answers.com)
Who was Jesus? After many years of seclusion at Nazareth,(approximately 30 years) He made his first appearance at the river Jordan where John the Baptist was baptizing his Followers, he then seen Jesus and knew he was the one that he had been waiting on for so Many years the “Son of God.” John’s reluctance to baptize Jesus (he was sinless) but Jesus stated “It is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then Jesus traveled the countryside Teaching and performing miracles, from Nazareth to Cana, during this time he chose his 12 Disciples from many followers and taught them what he knew and about his Kingdom. His Cure of a paralytic on the Sabbath brought great persecution from the Jewish community. Christ then retired promptly to Galilee where he continued to preach and work miracles.
The beginning of the year of Christ’s teaching was quiet different than the previous Two, opposition of the Jewish leaders increased. The jealously of his popularity had grown And Christ modified his own manner of action by appearing less in public and devoting most Of his time in training his disciples. However toward the end of the third year he had gone To Jerusalem for the ”Feast of Tabernacles.” Christ vigorously proclaimed his teachings and His kingdom in the face of the Jewish community. The final week of Jesus’ life, it was the most Tragic yet the most triumphal part of his...
Please join StudyMode to read the full document