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'''Christianity''' is religionfollows the teachings of [[Jesus|Jesus Christ]], as described in the books of the [[New Testament]]. It is currently the world's largest religion, with over two billion members. Some forms of Christianity posits that anyone who does not accept Jesus Christ as their personal lord and savior will end up in hell. Other forms say that [[Jesus|Jesus Christ]] is the ultimate judge of who goes to Heaven or Hell.<ref>http://www.allaboutjesuschrist.org/second-coming-of-christ.htm</ref>
== Beliefs ==
== Beliefs ==
Revision as of 15:41, 16 March 2007
Christianity is a religion that follows the teachings of Jesus Christ, as described in the books of the New Testament. It is currently the world's largest religion, with over two billion members. Some forms of Christianity posits that anyone who does not accept Jesus Christ as their personal lord and savior will end up in hell. Other forms say that Jesus Christ is the ultimate judge of who goes to Heaven or Hell.
Most Christians believe that Jesus Christ died for their sins and rose from the dead three days after dying. Because of this Christians believe that they must be "born again" spiritually by confessing their sins, taking Jesus Christ as their personal lord and savior, and trying not to sin again.
Not all Christians and Christian denominations share the same set of beliefs. According to an online Harris poll from 2003  99% of all American Christians believe in God, 96% in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 93% in Heaven, 93% in the virgin birth, 92% in survival of the soul after death, 82% in Hell, 50% in ghosts, 27% in Astrology and 21% in reincarnation. Note, that the latter two beliefs are in opposition to the religous dogma of many Christian denominations. Most Christians hold to a trinitarian belief in God, and a minority to a unitarian belief. Similiarly, most beleive in a conditional salvation, that is, salvation only on the condition of accepting Jesus Christ. A Minority hold to the position of universal salvation.
Some Christians, mostly fundamentalist Christians, believe that abortion, homosexuality, premarital sex, and the theory of evolution are morally wrong. Prominent exponents of secular humanism, but also moderate Christians, tend to characterize the fundamentalists' stance on sexual morality, gender equality, and the teaching of evolution as intractable, prejudicial and sometimes even as immoral. This has caused political problems, given the significant influence of fundamentalist Christians. It should be noted that fundamentalist Christians are a small, but rapidly growing minority.
- Catholic Church (the original Christian Church)
- Roman Catholic Church (Western branch of the Catholic Church)
- Orthodox Church (Eastern branch of the Catholic Church)
- Christian apologetics (Defenses of Christianity)
- Conservative Christianity
- fundamentalist Christians
- Liberal Christianity