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Christianity was traditionally understood to be founded by Jesus of Nazareth Paul of Tarsus after his conversion on the road to Damascus worked tirelessly to establish Christianity among both Jews and God-fearing Gentiles of the Diaspora Clues in the New Testament indicate that there was a significant rift between Paul and the Jewish leadership early in the history of the Church It is primarily Pauls writings which has most influenced the Church today Christians span the globe and are present on all the inhabited continents and in most of the worlds societies As Christianity is a universalizing religion it embraces all nations and peoples Major Teachings Most Christian denominations and sects teach that man is sinful and can never inherit eternal life in the presence of God as a result of the sins of our first parents Adam and Eveas well as our own personal sin It thus became necessary for God to become man in the person of Jesus Christ who as the Son of God was sinless and unblemished His purpose was to suffer and die in atonement for the sins of all who accept his sacrifice for sin Individual salvation is dependent upon the acceptance of this atonement The Church is the Bride of Christ whose purpose is to spread this message the Gospel to all people before Christs return to the earth to rule all nations as the heir to the throne of David This is primary message of most Christians Other sects will have variations on this message and may include many other doctrines they find necessary to their own message or purpose Scriptures and Other Significant Writings The New Testament together with the Jewish Bible make up the canon of Christianity The Roman Catholic and the Eastern Orthodox branches of Christianity also include books in their canons that many Protestants do not called the Apocrypha or the Deuterocanonicals Also important are the writings of the early church fathers and
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