One of the most popular Abrahamic religions in the world today is Christianity. Abrahamic religions are those faiths that are monotheistic, or that worship only one god. Other examples of monotheistic faiths are Judaism and Islam. While they possess similar values and origins, followers of the Christian faith profess that Jesus Christ is the son of God.
It is impossible to extricate the figure of Jesus Christ from the origin of Christianity. The first Christians were Jews, and the following were considered part of a group within the religion of Judaism itself. The early Christian Jews believed that Jesus was actually a prophet whose aim was to make more people aware of the purpose of the Pentateuch (which are the first 5 books of the Old Testament), and to follow the laws found therein in a closer manner.
Unlike other religions, the Christian faith did not evolve from cultural elements of the society from which it emerged. There are no records of the religion in Assyria, Egypt, Greece, Babylon or Rome prior to 30 AD. AD refers to “after death”, as in the death of Jesus Christ. Therefore, Christianity as we know it really took hold of the world only after the death of its founder.
The sect was small at first, and had a quiet but intense period of preparation. The origin of Christianity recorded a hostile response from many Jews for the first 40 years in which it was preached. This is because it was extremely different compared to the well-established Hebrew regime. The hostility was maintained up to the point where Romans took over the Jewish economy in 70 AD.
Aside from the traditions kept by early Christians of keeping the Sabbath and performing circumcision, the Christian faith steadily gained ground and followers by preaching a principle of faith and tolerance and the execution of good deeds. It was promised that the truly faithful would stand to enter a heavenly paradise upon shedding their mortal coil.