Beliefs And Practices In The Christian Religion

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Research Essay Outline - Beliefs and Practices in the Christian Religion Christianity owes much of itself to the ideas of the Jewish faith. The Christian faith grew among the religion of the ancient Jews, and shared many of its beliefs and practices. Common themes, such as a belief in one God, a belief that God created humankind in his own image, and the idea that God would one day send a Messiah to Earth as his representative, are deeply rooted in both religions. Yet fundamental differences also exist between these faiths. In fact, the coming of Jesus the Messiah marks one of these greatest differences. "For Christians, the death and resurrection of Christ Began a new covenant, or agreement, between God and humankind, where salvation was possible through Christian love." Christianity, the radically different idea born out of the Jewish faith nearly 2000 years ago, has itself seen change and fragmentation.

Modern Christianity has also seen its own division of thought. There are nearly 2 billion Christians in the world, belonging to three broad groupings - Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant - differing on points of doctrine and ritual. Further inspection of these faiths reveals additional differences in religious interpretation. From its early days, born from Judaism as a separate thread of religious thought, to its modern collection of various religious interpretations, Christianity is a faith of variety.

The purpose of this discussion is to outline many of the core beliefs in the Christian faith, and to address their various interpretations. While some believers observe strict adherence to the wording of the bible, others have taken the liberty of broader interpretation of the meanings behind the words. Differences of opinion are wide and varied, and have changed continuously throughout time. Let us begin our discussion of these changes from the beginning...