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altering vapors emanating, the Oracle would inhale the vapors and prophesy Oracles – Zeus and Apollo, god of prophecy, the Revealer Christianity – largest religion in the World 2 billion followers and 34,000 denominations Christianity is the fastest growing religion in the world, in South Korea Christianity is growing at the rate of 10% per year
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Jesus of Nazareth is the common believe of Christians, he provided redemption by his death and was resurrected from the dead Gospels – the books (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) are biographical accounts of life of Jesus – focusing mostly on the last few months of his life - Gospels – Matthew, Mark and Luke - known as “Synoptic Gospels” because they share the similar chronology, outline and message, written during the 70’s CE Gospel of John – was written in the 90s CE, differs from the other Matthew, Mark and Luke Gospels - Matthew and Luke mention birth from Virgin Mary, Hebrew believe that “virgin” can be young women Baptism by John – Jesus first ministry, after being baptized – a symbol of repentance, Jesus went in the wilderness for 40 days to ponder is ministry and to be tempted by Satan Galilee – Jesus began to preach Parable – Jesus used to tell stories, taught powerful lessons thru simple stories, Example: the prodigal son and the Good Samaritan best known Jewish community –is responsible for Jesus’ death, according to Gospels, Jewish groups Pharisees, Sadducees and Zealots Romans actually crucified Jesus Sadducees – wealthy aristocrats who held powerful positions, they held the majority of the 70 seats of Sanhedrin (ruling council) Sadducees – denied the resurrection of the dead, the afterlife, and existence of spiritual world, didn’t believe in (angels, demons, etc) Heaven, Hell or judgment Pharisees – average people – middleclass businesses men Zealots – group of Jews passionate upholders of policy, who believe the submission to Roman slavery meant forsaking God Book of Acts – describes activities following Jesus’ resurrection and ascension, it records the early meetings of preaching of Christians in Jerusalem, their persecution, and their missionary journeys Paul – known as the “Second Founder of Christianity” - important missionary of early Christianity, but first theologian, wrote 14 books in the New Testament Apostle Paul – was known as “Saul of Tarsus” before his conversion to Christianity, he was a Pharisee who violently persecuted the followers of Jesus, he experienced a miraculous vision on the road to Damascus and converted Stephen – (one of seven deacons to assist Apostles) was stoned by the Jewish audience (Sanhedrin) (Acts 6-7) Paul’s preaching that belief in Jesus replaced the need to follow the Laws of Moses caused the separation of Judaism and Christianity - true separation occurred when Paul declared the Dietary Laws and Laws of Circumcision void (as declared in the Laws of Moses) Strength and Weakness of Christianity – decision to allow Gentiles (non-Jews) to become Christian without
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