World History Religions

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Throughout history, numerous belief systems have come about and have greatly affected the region where they are practiced. Many have sacred texts they must follow along with the basic teachings. Two of the belief systems include Christianity and Hinduism.

Christianity developed out of Judaism in the 1st century A.D. and Palestine was its origin. It is founded on the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and those who follow him are called "Christians." Until the later part of the 20th century, most followers of Christianity were in the West, though it has spread to every continent and is now the largest religion in the world. Traditional Christian beliefs include the belief in the one and only true God, who is one being and exists as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and the belief that Jesus is the divine and human Messiah sent to the save the world. Christianity is also noted for its emphasis on faith in Christ as the primary component of the religion. The sacred text of Christianity is the Bible, including both the Hebrew scriptures (also known as the Old Testament) and the New Testament. The belief of Christianity has influenced the culture of the areas in which it is currently practiced because its believers gather at churches for worship, fellowship, and study, and engagement with the world through evangelism and social action. Also the Bible itself has influenced culture because it is responsible for much of the language, literature, and fine arts we enjoy today as its artists and composers were heavily influenced by its writings.

Hinduism originated in India around the year 2000 B.C. Unlike Christianity; Hinduism did not have a specific founder. The Hindu worldview is grounded in the doctrines of samsara, which is the cycle of rebirth and karma, which is the universal law of cause and effect, and fundamentally holds that one's actions (including one's thoughts) directly determine one's life, both one's current life and one's...
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