Monday, 5 February 2018

The Early Church And Salvation Through Faith

By Scott Hayes

While the predominant religion in the United States and Europe is that of Christianity, there are a number of different denominations. In most cases, Christian churches promote salvation through faith. While this is the case, there are some ideologies in which people believe a person can not be saved unless practicing a particular way of life.

Largely based on the Bible books of Ephesians and Acts, most people believe that people are saved through faith alone. Whereas, there are a number of churches which require an individual to say a public prayer, followed by baptism before one can be truly saved. Whereas, there are others which believe all are the children of God and were saved when Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world.

Originally, Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic beliefs spread throughout Europe in the early part of the Middle Ages. After which, the faith expanded throughout the world. Currently, there are more than 2 billions individuals whom identify as Christians worldwide, most living in the United States and Europe. While this is the case, there are still a number of Apostolic churches which celebrate Jewish and Christian traditions.

The earliest aspect of faith grew out of the Jewish population after Saul, a Jewish man later converted to Christianity and became a disciple of Christ known as Paul. After which, many Jews decided to follow in the footsteps of Paul and follow the teachings of Jesus, a mortal whom had been crucified and died for the sins of the world, then later rose again.

During the early days of the church, there was a split into the apostolic and post-apostolic branches of the religion. While the apostolic church was led by relatives of Christ whom were some of the earliest disciples, the post-apostolic churches are led by individuals whom have been taught the ways of the original leaders. In either case, the task is to spread the word of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior to the world.

In large part, Christianity is based solely on faith. For, there has never been anyone other than Paul whom has actually spoken with the risen Christ. While this is the case, there were many in that day whom believed that Paul's sighting and conversation was nothing more than a dream. As such, Christianity is a religion based solely on things unseen.

The book of Acts covers a lot of detail when it comes to the topic of salvation. In addition, it explains the command Jesus gave to spread the gospel and the message of salvation to the Eastern Mediterranean and the Gentiles. As a result, it is often considered one of the best accounts as to the life of the apostles and Christ during that time.

The earliest Christians were generally of Jewish Heritage, many being relatives of Jesus, Jewish Mystics and proselytes. For, the first area in which Jesus preached was to the people of Palestine. In fact, many of the first disciples were also of Jewish heritage and traditions. As such, there are now a number of Christian churches which combine Christian and Jewish elements as part of regular worship services.

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