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Christianity

  • Christianity is the world's largest religion, with over 2.4 billion adherents, about a third of the world's population.
  • In 2001, the World Christian Encyclopedia counted 33,830 different Christian denominations.
  • Christians believe that Jesus is the Son of God and the savior of humanity whose coming as the Messiah was prophesied in the Old Testament.
  • Most scholars say Jesus never viewed himself as creating a new religion per se, just reforming Judaism.
  • The three largest branches of Christianity are the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the various denominations of Protestantism.
  • Christianity began as a Second Temple Judaic sect in the mid-1st century in Judea.
  • It quickly spread to Europe, Mesopotamia, Asia and by the 4th century had become the official state church of the Roman Empire.
  • Christianity was the main religion in Egypt between the Fourth and Sixth Centuries.
  • In 2010 the Catholic Church had an income of US$97 billion.
  • Christianity is severely persecuted in at least 27 countries.
  • 38% of Christianity is projected to live in sub-Saharan Africa in 2050.
  • Judas sold Jesus for the equivalent of 4 months' pay of a working man.
  • Jesus is mentioned more times in the Quran than Muhammad.
  • Christianity is the fastest growing religion in Iran.
  • Armenia became the first nation to adopt Christianity as a State Religion in the year 301.

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