It gave me a savior. It gives me hope to live forever. It brings me peace. It has introduced me to many friends. It has saved my children from sin. It has given my grandchildren the same hope I have because they believe in the same Jesus i believe in. It has kept our family together.
Because a few hundred years ago, the catholic church launched the Crusades, a holy war with the objective of converting all the worlds people to Christianity, and destroying the ones who refused to convert. Before the Crusades, matriarchal and nature based religions were much more widely practiced and openly accepted, but afterward, alternative religions were driven underground for fear of persecution.
Actually momo and dalton have parts of the story. Constantine made the most powerful empire in the world a Christian empire. That then passed down to the Catholic Church which then converted most of Europe, when the nations of Europe expanded, they slaughtered those that did not convert. This included the crusades, but also expansions into the rest of the world, like South America Africa and Oceania.
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Christianity is basically popular because 1. It offers eternal life to all believers. 2. To get this extraordinary gift you don't actually have to DO anything. Jesus did it for you. 3. Depending on which sect you belong to the process of forgiveness is pretty simple. Catholics go to confession and can get absolution for anything from snoring in church to murder; Protestants don't need to confess -- they just "accept Jesus as their Saviour" and do the best they can. (Though many evangelical churches preach that it's faith, not works, that does the trick and that once you're saved you're saved for all time.) 4. Considering the size of the pie in the sky when you die "in my Father's house are many mansions" it's not surprising that Christianity is right up there at the top of the hit parade.
The truth of the matter is. Christianity isn't that popular. There are millions perhaps billions that claim to be Christians that are not.
13 ?Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
It is popular both as religion and as philosophy, and has exemplary morals and ethics. It competed against the secular Roman society of the time and was judged to be preferable for many reasons. But it has its detractors. Jews adopted it until the gentile world became enamored of the religion and rejected it perforce; today, Jews who accept Christianity are typically considered to be non-Jewish, whereas those that believe in Buddhism, etc are still considered Jewish. It is opposed by atheists, Jews, and by Islam. While being tolerated by most other world religions, it is the most successful religion worldwide, having over 2.2 billion adherents. See here: http://christianity.about.com/od/denominations/p/christiantoday.htm