Most Christians are omnivores who observe no specific dietary restrictions specified by their religion. A small portion of the Christian population follow a demi-vegetarian, vegetarian or vegan diet for religious reasons stemming from biblical passages such as Genesis 9:1-4, which depicts vegetarianism as God's original dietary plan for mankind.Know More
Although all types of meat and other foods are permitted in most sects of Christianity, some Christians choose to limit meat consumption or fast entirely on Fridays or during Lent. Catholics observe a number of occasions for feasting and fasting including Christmas, Palm Sunday, Easter, the Annunciation and Pentecost Sunday. Fasting is normally a spiritual practice performed to grow closer to God, become humble or control human desires, and it is not a strong part of Reformed or Protestant Christianity.
Vegetarianism in Christianity has been a minority dietary restriction for several important religious figures such as John Wesley, William Booth, Catherine Booth and Leo Tolstoy. Modern vegetarian Christians believe that an omnivorous diet is unjustifiable in an age when a plant-based diet can meet all nutritional needs, and others point out that God only allowed meat consumption after the Fall of Adam and Eve as a result of man's inability to follow God's will. Others follow a vegetarian diet to combat the unethical practices of large-scale factory farms, such as battery cages and veal pens.Learn more about Christianity
Jerusalem is most significant to Christians because in their beliefs it is the location of Christ's crucifixion, death and ultimate resurrection. It was also the site of other significant episodes of Jesus' life. Additionally, the city is home to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, perhaps the most sacred place in the entire Christian world.Full Answer >
The Eucharist, or Holy Communion, is important to all Christians as a representative of the body and blood of the Savior, Jesus Christ. The message and importance of the Eucharist varies between different Christian groups. Differences in doctrine, with concern to the importance of the Eucharist, are debated.Full Answer >
Christians wear different types of clothing depending on the country or region where they live and the sect to which they belong. Christians dress in a range of styles from modest to displaying various levels of skin.Full Answer >
Christians believe the death of Jesus by crucifixion symbolizes a covenant with God to forgive humans for their sins. The suffering of God's mortal son through flogging and crucifixion represent Jesus' dedication to ensure eternal life for all humans.Full Answer >