Christianity was founded by Jesus Christ who lived and died more than 2,000 years ago or in the 1st century. The religion, which has more than 2 billion followers today, is based on the life, teachings, death and resurrection of Jesus.
There are a varied number of forms, branches and practices under this religion but all have a common belief in the Bible as the sacred book. In the book of Acts 11:26, the Bible says that the disciples of Jesus were first called Christians when in Antioch, a city in Greece.
According to the Bible, Jesus was born through a supernatural occurrence whereby a Jewish woman called Mary conceived a child while still a virgin. The child was born in Bethlehem and raised under the teachings of Judaism.
At the age of 30, Jesus was baptized and began a ministry to enlighten people on the ways of life and how to please God in order to inherit eternal life. After three years of ministry, Jesus was killed through crucifixion but three days later rose from the dead.
Forty days after resurrection, he ascended to heaven charging his disciples to continue preaching the good news throughout the world. It is this commission that led to the spread of Christianity in the first century.