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Christianity Timeline

7 critical events in Christian history

Adam Vassallo

on 14 November 2012

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7 critical events in Christian history Christianity Timeline Birth of Jesus- (4 BCE) Present Church- (2012) An angel appeared to Mary and told her that she will give birth to God's son and name him Jesus. Mary and her husband Joseph traveled for several days from Nazareth to Bethlehem for a consensus. When they arrived there was no room in the inns, so they spent the night in a stable. Baby Jesus was born that night humbly in a manger and later visited by shepherds and wise men barring luxurious gifts. St. Peter and St. Paul came from Jerusalem to Rome to build up the early Christian community and establish the Church in Rome. St. Peter and St. Paul were put to death as martyrs for refusing to renounce faith in Jesus Christ. Emperor Nero sentenced many other citizens to death by crucifixion, burning or execution for professing their faith in Jesus Christ. Martyr's and the belief of an after life attracted more people to the faith. Persecution of Christians- (30-313 CE) Emperor Constantine met with the bishops in Nicaea to decide on wording that would clarify the divinity on Jesus. This council produced the Nicene Creed, named after the city where the council was held. The Creed of Nicaea was one of the first creeds; it was the first instance of the Church using philosophical language to make sure the same faith was taught everywhere. First Council of Nicaea- (325 CE) Many factors contributed to the decline of the Roman Empire such as the move of the capital from Rome, the invasion of the Visigoths and the unorganized government system; but the great fire in Rome set in motion the fall and as a result, the growth in popularity of Christianity. Christians were blamed for the fire that destroyed 70% of the city and many were martyred as a consequence. However the martyrs only helped the faith grow stronger by showing there was life after death. Collapse of Roman Empire- (5th century) The Christian church has gone through many internal divisions. The physical state and beliefs can be vastly different from one another, while still remaining the root of Jesus Christ. Some examples of modern day churches are: Protestant, Baptist, Anglican, Lutheran and Salvation Army. Death and Resurrection of Jesus- (30 CE) Jesus was accused of blasphemy and sentenced to death by crucifixion. He was beaten by Roman soldiers, scourged, stripped, and nailed to a cross. Jesus died about 6 hours after nailed to the cross and was put in a tomb guarded by Roman soldiers. On the third day after Jesus died, an angel descended, and the soldiers fled. The disciples came and found an empty tomb. Jesus had risen from the dead! He later appeared to many believers, commanding them to teach and baptize others. Emperor Constantine and
the Edict of Milan- (313 CE) Emperor Constantine issued the Edict of Milan, declaring that Christians were free to worship without interference. Christianity soon after became the official religion of the Roman Empire. Crusades- (1095 CE) The early Christian church began to divide into eastern and western churches. The conflict climaxed when the opposing churches meet during Crusades. However, in the Fourth Crusade, against the will of the pope, the Christian armies attacked Constantinople, which was the home of the Christians they were trying to help.
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