Christians believe that Jesus, as the Messiah, was anointed by God as savior of humanity and hold that Jesus' coming was the fulfillment of messianic prophecies of the Old Testament.
The Christian concept of the Messiah differs significantly from the contemporary Jewish concept.
Protestantism, while not a single denomination but a collective term, emerged in the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century, splitting from the Catholic Church.
Because of these irreconcilable differences in theology and a lack of consensus on the core tenets of Christianity, Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox often deny that members of certain other branches are Christians.
religion based on the life, teachings and purported miracles of Jesus of Nazareth, known by Christians as the Christ, or "Messiah", who is the focal point of the Christian faiths.
It is the world's largest religion, Originating in the Roman province of Judea, it quickly spread to Syria, Europe, Anatolia, Mesopotamia, Transcaucasia, Egypt, Ethiopia and the Indian subcontinent, and by the end of the 4th century had become the official state religion of the Roman Empire.
According to both Catholic and Protestant doctrine, salvation comes by Jesus' substitutionary death and resurrection.
Christians differ in their views on the extent to which individuals' salvation is pre-ordained by God.The biblical accounts of Jesus' ministry include: his baptism, miracles, preaching, teaching and deeds. Jesus' death and resurrection are commemorated by Christians in all worship services, with special emphasis during Holy Week which includes Good Friday and Easter Sunday.The death and resurrection of Jesus are usually considered the most important events in Christian theology, partly because they demonstrate that Jesus has power over life and death and therefore has the authority and power to give people eternal life.It is used by a number of Christian denominations for both liturgical and catechetical purposes, most visibly by liturgical churches of Western Christian tradition, including the Latin Church of the Catholic Church, Lutheranism, Anglicanism and Western Rite Orthodoxy.It is also used by Presbyterians, Methodists and Congregationalists.
Little of Jesus' childhood is recorded in the canonical gospels, although infancy gospels were popular in antiquity.