CHRISTIANITY: its uniqueness. how it started.

Mar 26th, 2012 by Arnold Jago in Faith, History, Jesus, Mary

The Christian era of history started at the moment of the conception of Jesus Christ (celebrated usually on March 25 the “Feast of the Annunciation”).

The Bible describes the angel visiting the Blessed Virgin, announcing to her what was happening:

“In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man named Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.

“The angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

“She was troubled, thinking within herself what manner of salutation this should be.

“And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God.”

(St Luke’s Gospel, chapter 1)

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That greeting of the angel has been used ever since by Christians as a prayer, usually worded as follows:

“Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death. Amen”

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Mother of God?

A belief not compatible with any other belief system.

Not negotiable for Catholics.

“Dialogue” with other faiths is not really a possibility.

Christianity is a religion to which the purpose of converting others is central.

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