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Christian traditions are traditions of practice or belief associated with Christianity. The word tradition, comes from the Latin word traditio which means to hand down or to hand over. ... Christianity is a monotheistic religion centered on the life, teachings, and actions of Jesus, the Christ, as recounted in the New Testament. ...

The term has several connected meanings. In terms of belief, traditions are generally stories or history that are or were widely accepted without being part of Christian doctrine. Examples of such might be the crucifixion of Saint Peter, which is widely believed to have happened but is not recorded in scripture. Similarly the names of the Magi who visited Jesus at his birth are thought to have been invented much later than the events and are not now considered authentic, but can be considered a tradition. Crucifixion is an ancient method of execution, where the victim was tied or nailed to a large wooden cross (Latin: crux) and left to hang there until dead. ... Petrus, by Francesco del Cossa Saint Peter, also known as Peter, Simon ben Jonah/BarJonah, Simon Peter, Cephas and Kepha—original name Simon or Simeon (Acts 15:14)—was one of the twelve original disciples or apostles of Jesus. ... Magi (Μάγοι) were Zoroastrian astrologer-priests from ancient Persia. ...

Most churches also have traditional practices, such as a particular patterns of services.

In the Protestant churches, where the Bible is usually the final arbiter of doctrine, any story or belief not found there is considered tradition, and not part of doctrine. In the Roman Catholic church the traditions of the church my be considered doctrine. Protestantism is a general grouping of denominations within Christianity. ... The Bible (Hebrew תנ״ך tanakh, Greek η Βίβλος [hē biblos] ) (sometimes The Holy Bible, The Book, Good Book, Word of God, The Word, or Scripture), from Greek (τα) βίβλια, (ta) biblia, (the) books, is the classical name for the Hebrew Bible of Judaism or the combination of the Old Testament and New Testament of Christianity... The Roman Catholic Church, most often spoken of simply as the Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with over one billion members. ...

In the Bible the traditions of men is sometimes contrasted with the word of God; for example Jesus told the Pharisees "You revoke God's word by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many other similar things." (Mark 7:13). However Saint Paul writes: "Therefore, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions you were taught, either by our message or by our letter.". (2 Thessalonians 2:15). Jesus (Hebrew Yēshûa‘ יֵשׁוּעַ, Greek Iēsoũs Ιησούς) (8-2 BC/BCE – 29-36 AD/CE) also known as Jesus of Nazareth or Jesus the Nazarene is the central figure of Christianity, in which context he is known as Jesus Christ, where Christ (Greek Khristós Χριστός) is a title... The Pharisees (from the Hebrew perushim, from parash, meaning to separate) were, depending on the time, a political party, a social movement, and a school of thought among Jews that flourished during the Second Temple Era (536 BCE–70 CE). ... The Gospel of Mark is traditionally the second of the New Testament Gospels. ... An early portrait of the Apostle Paul. ... The Second Epistle to the Thessalonians, also known as the Second Letter to the Thessalonians, is a book from the New Testament of the Christian Bible. ...

See also

  • Judeo-Christian
Judeo-Christian (or Judaeo-Christian) is a term used to describe the body of concepts and values which are thought to be held in common by Judaism and Christianity, and typically considered (along with classical Greco-Roman civilization) a fundamental basis for Western legal codes and moral values. ...

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Christian Traditions (399 words)
There are so many wonderful Christian Traditions which have been either forgotten or ignored to the detriment of all peoples.
Christians have an obligation to Jesus to attempt to govern their lives as He would wish.
Please feel free to submit other examples of Christians who are tragically not in accord with the traditions of forgiveness, kindness, stewardship, generosity, love and peacemaking as well as any of the other examples of Christ's great works while serving his Father on Earth.
Christian eschatology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (4339 words)
Christian eschatology concerns the afterlife, the return of Jesus, the End of the World, resurrection of the dead, the Last Judgment, renewal of creation, Heaven and Hell, and the consummation of all of God's purposes, the fulfillment of Messianic prophecy.
Christian churches such as the Catholic Church that accept the Deuterocanonical books as part of the Old Testament point to the second book of Maccabees as Old Testament justification for the belief in an afterlife.
From a Christian point of view, this aforementioned proposed denial of the possibility of afterlife may be interpreted in a different manner: One might see it as a distinction between the "dead" and the "resurrected dead" rather than a denial of the afterlife.
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