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Religions before the year of 1500

Christianity before 1500

The Bible does not state when exactly Christianity begun. However, paintings are the only representations that are used to date the time that Jesus lived. Moreover, scientists argue that Christianity gained popularity from 64 A.D to 313 A.D when Emperor Constantine, as well as the Edict of Milan, converted; thus, making it legal. The genesis of Christianity can be traced from Judaism, which was a movement that separated from Jews, who worshiped in synagogues. Jews were Hebrews, who can trace their history from Abraham. Christians failed to side with Jews during their fight with the Romans and separated towards the end of the first century. They did not have Churches and worshiped in people’s homes before the first church was built a century later.

Christianity gained more popularity after Jesus Christ, who Christians believed was the son of God, sent to the earth to teach the people about God. Most of his disciples spread the word, and many people converted. The disciples continued the teachings of Jesus Christ, which included love for one another, obedience to God, and living a holy life.

Over time, there are number of tenets that Christianity has maintained. One of them is the belief of good and evil, which were spelled out in the commandments that God gave to Moses. They believed in life after death, where those who do good will go to heaven upon their death while those who do bad will perish in hell. They also believed in the spirit, in which form they believed God is.

Initially, there were no many denominations of the church. They believed that once you are baptized, you become a Christian. Despite early condemnation and persecution, especially in Rome, they managed to grow in numbers. However, with increased disagreements, they separated into different denominations.

Islam Before 1500

            Islam has its roots linked to Prophet Muhammad, who Muslims believe was the last in the line of prophets. Others who came before him were Moses and Jesus. Muhammad was the chosen massager of God, and all Muslims strive to follow his ways of life. Muslims follow the teachings of the Quran, the sayings of Muhammad according to the Hadith and their description of the way of life as described in Sunna. Muhammad was born in around 570 A.D. Islam developed in the 7th century, a century after Prophet Muhammad had passed on. The religion first spread from Al-Andalus to empires such as Abbasids Ottomans, and Warsangali, among others. During the golden age of Islam, the religion unearthed people of various professions, who are influential in the modern day life. Among the professionals who came up during this time include scientists, philosophers, mathematicians, and astronomers. These play a vital role in modern day civilization.

The name Muslim means someone who has surrendered or to submitted. The name is from the practices of the religion, which demands that one submits to the teachings of Prophet Muhammad. Prophet Muhammad taught about surrender to Allah, with a central belief in one God without an equal or a partner. All Muslims are bound by the five pillars, which includes, professing faith, praying ritually, charity, fasting, as well as Hajj. They did not have a difference in secular and religious practices, with all their practiced focused on serving Allah.

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