Founder of Christianity---
Name: Jesus Christ (meaning: Jesus---God saves; Christ---Messiah)
Birth place: Bethlehem, Judea
Year of Birth: between 4 and 7 BC
Year of Death: AD 29 (not confirmed)
Family: Father, Mother, and at least six brothers and sisters
Occupation (before became a preacher): carpenter
Founded Religion: Christianity
Teaching: love God, neighbours and even enemies
Personality: generous, forgiving, wise, kingly, superior
Power of Influence: Christianity is the largest religion of the world though it is the second youngest major world religion; approximately one in every three persons on earth is identified with Christianity
An Incident: When Jesus was twelve, his family went to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival. While they started back home, they found that Jesus was missing. One day later, they discovered that he was having discussion with the teachers of the law in the Temple. All who heard him were amazed at his intelligent idea. Mary said, "My Son, we've been terribly worried trying to find you." But Jesus answered, "Why did you have to look for me? Didn't you know that I had to be in my Father's house?"
Jesus Christ was the son of Mary and Joseph who was a carpenter. He attended the local synagogue school and was trained as a carpenter. The story of his discussion with the teachers of the law in Jerusalem when he was twelve suggests that he had an unusual interest and knowledge in religious matters. The next eighteen years are called the "silent years" . The Gospels mention nothing about Jesus during this period. Jesus most probably took over the management of the carpenter business along with the help of his brothers. When Jesus was about thirty, he began his ministry. He was baptised by his cousin, John the Baptist, in the Jordan River. Then he spent forty days in the Judean wilderness pondering the nature of his ministry. The devil, or Satan, tried to tempt Jesus but failed in the end. Jesus selected twelve apostles and spent three years preaching and teaching in Galilee, Judea and Perea. Many people were benefited by his miracles of healing. But the priests and tax-collectors did not like Jesus because Jesus said that he was the Messiah and the Son of God. Many poor people believed in Jesus and the rich Jews were afraid that these followers of Jesus might make trouble. The chief priests arrested Jesus with the help of his disciple, Judas, who had betrayed him. Jesus was brought before Pilate, but Pilate couldn't find him guilty of any crimes. However, under the pressure of the crowds, Pilate handed Jesus over for them to do as they wished. Therefore, Jesus was nailed to a wooden cross and killed. Three days later, Jesus rose from death and appeared to his disciples. He asked them to preach the gospel to the whole human race. After that, Jesus was taken up to heaven.
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