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Origin of Christinity
Christianity derives its name from Jesus Christ. Christianity revolves round the life, death jesusand teachings of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was born perhaps in 4 B.C. in a small town of Bethlehem in the reign of Augustus Caesar. He was born out of holy wedlock, but his foster father Joseph came out of the line of King David who was considered to be the ideal King of the Jews. Thus Jesus was a Jew and he was soaked in the spiritual aspirations of the Jews, which were centered round the vision of a forthcoming Messiah.

This Messiah was variously conceived, but the predominant conception of a Messiah was that he would restore to the Jews the lost Kingdom of David. But Jesus had a quite different picture of a Messiah. Jesus was not only influenced by the Old Testament, specially the Psalms, but also the Apocryphal books of Enoch and Daniel. The book supplied the key notion of `son of man` which was very much used by Jesus in reference to himself.

About 2000 years ago God sent an angel to Israel, to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to Joseph, a carpenter. The angel told Mary that by God`s power, she would conceive and bear a son.

When Joseph learned that she was pregnant, an angel instructed him to marry her. Joseph took her to Bethlehem to register for a census. While there, Mary gave birth to Jesus. She laid him in a manger because there was no room at the inn. Shepherds visited Jesus in Bethlehem.

Later, wise men brought gifts to Jesus. They told Herod the Great, a wicked king, that Jesus would rule Israel. So Herod sent soldiers to kill the child in Bethlehem. Warned by an angel, Joseph took his family to Egypt. After Herod died, they returned to Israel and raised Jesus in a town called Nazareth.

Of course, the Christians derive their inspiration from the 39 books comprising the old Origin and OriginatorTestament, but much more from the 27 books comprising the New Testament. The `Bible` itself means a collection of books. This N.T (New Testament) has the gospels, which record the life, teaching, death and resurrection of Jesus. The first three gospels have more or less common contents and St. John who gives a very intimate picture of his lnster, regarded as the Messiah and the Son of God has written the fourth Gospel called Johannine. But these terms like the `son of man` or `the son of God` have to be understood in terms of the religious language of some two sand years ago.

In simple words, the language of the Gospels and of the other books of the New Testament has been written in the mythological expressions of the time. Man`s diseases were supposed to be due to the working of the evil spirits. Even the Universe was considered to be a three-storeyed house of Heavens the Earth and the Nether world called Sheol. In the same way the expressions like `the Virgin birth`, `the Son of God` and even resurrection, ascension and the Second Advent of Jesus are to be understood as mythological constructions. What one has to know is to go beneath these archaic expressions in order to understand what the gospels intended to teach.

Jesus said that all men in this earth were the sons of the Father up above so all should practice brotherhood. He preached the equality of men before God because God does not judge persons.

Against hypocrisy and outward acts, Jesus taught the inferiority of religion and morality. Jesus taught a religion of one`s inner depth and heart. `And your Father, who sees what you do in private, will reward you`. He taught about the Kingdom of God which is within man. It is that kingdom which is not of this earth, for the humble and meek alone will inherit it. Jesus protested against the hypocrisy of the Pharisees who forgetting their own faults tried to find faults with others.

Origin and OriginatorJesus taught the conquest of passion, inner purity of heart and conscience, equality of all men before the eye of God and love which fulfils all the laws of morality. Hence, Jesus taught a life of love, service to all fellowmen with the utmost sincerity of heart which was a truly universal way of life which is also the inmost meaning of the Hindu religious piety. Jesus could say what he did say as, for him God was love who made no distinction between the sinner and pious, between the righteous and unrighteous.

For God does not distinguish between the good and the bad. He makes his sun shine on good and evil equally and the rains quench the thirst of every being on earth without any distinction.

Jesus taught exactly what he was told by God his father: `Imitation Dei`. Jesus said "Be as perfect as your Father in heaven is." `The Father and I are One`. `who ever has seen me has seen the Father`.
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