20 Sep How did Christianity Originate and Spread?
Has some prophesied 2000 years back that Christianity would be the most followed region on earth people would have had a hard time believing this fact because Christianity did not exist back then. There was no such thing called Christianity. Christianity is a part of Jewish practices. All of us are well aware that the Bible is divided into the Old Testament and the New Testament. Jewish people followed the norms of the Old Testament whereas Christianity believes both the Old and New Testaments. So to precisely say, Christianity took shape only when Jesus Christ got into preaching. He broke all stereotyped beliefs on religion, he broke the rule of ‘eye for an eye’ and spoke about love, forgiveness, and sharing. The people who followed Jesus took his name and called themselves the ‘Christ’ians.
Work of Apostles:
After the death of Christ, it was not possible for His disciples to reach out like before. They had no one to guide and lead them. They required the touch of divine power and stay strong despite all odds. Once Christ strengthened them, they spread all over the world to preach and convert people to Christianity. They faced a lot of opposition, they were oppressed and martyred, but nothing could stop the coming of this religion. Almost all the disciples who truly served Christ had to face persecution.
Christianity in Asia:
India is a country which is dominated by Hinduism even today. The people of this region were exposed to different forms of worship and godly faith that the remained uninfluenced by the western prayer system. There were hardly any Christians in the Asian region before the arrival of St. Thomas, the apostle of Christ. Though there are different theories to the arrival of St. Thomas to India, St. Thomas is believed to have come to India in the AD 52. St. Thomas who was also called by his fellow mates as ‘Doubting Thomas’ was sent to the longest distance to preach, unlike the other Apostles who stayed in and around Israel. The doctrines of Christianity, especially love and forgiveness drew a lot of hearts closer to Christianity. St. Thomas was martyred in the Indian soil in AD 72. In the meantime St. Thomas is believed to have converted a lot of people and performed a lot of miracles during his stay.
The Arrival of British:
The second layer of a strong foundation was given to the Asian continent, as far as Christianity is concerned, is with the arrival of the British rule into Asian continent. They constructed a lot of churches, Christian institutions, and charitable institutions. The institutions worked on the norms of Christianity, and this created a huge impact. There were a lot of people who favored the Britishers. Those people had a close contact with their practices and beliefs and slowly adopted their religious views too. Though there was not any forcible conversion of religion, India encountered a lot of changes in the religious sectors. Then a lot of other people like St. Mother Teresa and other people who instilled the religion through love and service to people. This is how took a proper shape and formed for itself a large follower base.