Persecute

Mistreat, abuse, treat badly; often violently

Tenet

Basic belief

Pope

Top leader of the Catholic Church

Monotheism

Belief in only one god

Messiah

Savior

Found

Create; establish

Gospels

First four books in the New Testament which tell the "good news" of of Christ's life and teachings

Verb Convert

To change from one religion to another

A Convert

Person who changes from one religion to another

Bible

Sacred or holy writings of the Christian religion - including the Old and New Testaments

Old Testament

1st half of the Christian Bible - taken from Judaism

New Testament

2nd half of the Christian Bible - telling the story of Jesus and development of Christianity

Apostle

An important early leader of Christianity who became a saint by spreading the teachings of Jesus

C.E.

Common Era - the years after the birth of Jesus Christ - asme as A.D.

B.C.E.

Before Common Era - the years before the birth of Jesus Christ - same as B.C.

Resurrection

(New Testament) the rising of Christ from the dead on Easter, the third day after his Crucifixion

Crucifixion

The act of executing someone on a cross

Sin

Serious offence or bad act against a religious or moral principle or law - not always a crime

Salvation

Being saved from sin(s)

Disciple

Follower of a person or belief; a follower of another who helps to spread teachings

Paul

Apostle who became a Saint after helping to expand Christianity

Pontius Pilate

Roman governor of Judea who ordered the execution of Jesus

Nero

Emperor who blamed Christians for the Great Fire of Rome

Constantine

Emperor who legalized Christianity in 313 C.E.

Theodosius

Emperor who made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire

0

Year of birth of Jesus - C.E. and A.D. denote the years after this birth - B.C.E. and B.C. denote the years before this birth

313

The year that Emperor Constantine made Christianity legal

391

The year that Emperor Theodosius made Christianity the official religion

Two Billion

Approximate number of Christians in the world

Seven Billion

Approximate number of people in the world

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