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CHRISTIANITY Christianity was formed around 15 to 30 BCE Although some people say that it has existed since Adam and Eve because they were followers of God Probably the most important figures in the Christian religion are Jesus Christ the Savior Most Christians believe in a trinity the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit They are three separate beings but they form a single unified deity After the execution of Jesus the disciples spread across the world and taught Christianity Christianity spread to Europe and then to the Americas Christians believe that Jesus was atoning sacrifice and removed the burden of sin from the world They also believe that God is the one true god and that Jesus will return to the earth and bring all of his believers to heaven Christians pray to God for guidance and read the Bible because it is the handbook for life The largest denominations in Christianity are Roman Catholic Greek Orthodox and Protestant At one point in time the church was not separated but in 1054 CE the Roman Catholic Church and the Greek Orthodox Church split because of a dispute over the use of religious icons Through missionary activity the Christian religion is currently active all over the world Roman Catholicism a form of Christianity defined by six major characteristics the first of which is that the Roman Catholic Church is the Body of Christ on earth and in order to be a follower of Christ you must become a member of this body Secondly the Catholic Church believes that Tradition and Scripture are equal sources of revelatory authority Therefore whenever a Christian must make a decision concerning morals he or she must consult Tradition and Scripture The Roman Catholics established the third characteristic the Infallibility of the Pope in 1870 The basic concept of this characteristic is that when the Pope speaks ex cathedra or as a bishop of Rome on behalf of the entire
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