Christianity

Topics: Christianity, New Testament, Jesus, Religion, Judaism / Pages: 4 (814 words) / Published: Feb 1st, 2014
Christianity

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February 6, 2013
Roy Whitaker

Christianity
After Jesus’ death, and the destruction of the Temple in 70 C.E., the Jewish-Christian Church weakened to the point that it all but disappeared over the next 100 years. According to the text (Malloy 2010) the non-Jewish, Greek speaking branch of early Christianity, led by Paul and others like him spread the word throughout the Roman Empire. Paul’s efforts to spread his beliefs about Jesus signaled a turning point in Christianity. Paul’s opinions on the meaning of Jesus, morality, and Christian practices set the foundation in modern Christian world. To understand all of this we must first look at Paul himself. Paul who’s original name was Saul was born in Tarsus. Paul studied Judaism in Jerusalem this is where he saw Jesus as a dangerous messianic cult leader who might divide Judaism. Paul was energetic in his travels and wrote powerful letters, which spread his form of belief of Jesus. Paul eventually changed his mind after receiving several visions will traveling to stop the spread of Christianity. Paul came to believe that the life and death of Jesus were big events in a divine plan. Paul saw Jesus as more of celestial figure and less of a historical figure. Paul realized his mission was to spread the belief of Jesus among non-Jews. Paul would visit the synagogues and tried to convince the Jewish leaders that he believed Jesus of Nazareth was the Jewish Messiah and the son of God that the Jews had been long waiting for. Paul tried change Jewish laws about diet and circumcision for non-Jewish converts to Christianity, which angered Jewish leaders. The efforts to make changes met with a great deal of resistance in the Jewish communities he visited. Paul eventually broke through to the non-Jews and through his missionary activities and writings; he eventually changed the religious beliefs of many. It was on this trip that turned from persecutor to the greatest of all



References: Malloy, M. (2010). Experiencing the World’s Religions: Tradition, Challenge, and Change (5th ed). New York, NY. McGraw-Hill The Holy Bible: (Philippians 3:12-14)

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