much-debated Testimonium Flaviniumis late, if authentic, as is the brief mention of Christ in Tacitus's Annals (d. 117 C.E.
Some posit that the gospels reflect a struggle between Jewish Christians, such as Peter and James, and the Paul-led Gentile Church.
The Eastern Church observes Christmas on January 6.
Many modern Christians, however, do not accept any of these as true relics.
Discussion and debate on all these doctrinal issues continues within Christian theology.
No oppressor or earthly power can defeat the power of God's love manifest in Christ.
The resurrection of the crucified Christ overturned all the conventional calculations of power and expediency.
Most scholars believe that these passages were added to Josephus's text by later Christians.
Conversely, by helping people in their suffering, we help to alleviate the suffering of God and Christ, for "Whatever you did to the least of these, you did for Me" (Matt.
Traditional Christian theologians doubt the reliability of this extra-biblical material.
Most Christians are accustomed to thinking that he spoke of a spiritual kingdom that is "not of this world" (John 18:36).
Christianity is based on the human experience of salvation and rebirth, an outpouring of grace that can come from nowhere else but God.
Many modern scholars hold that the stories and sayings in the gospels were initially handed down by oral tradition within the small communities of Christian believers, then written down decades later.
In Christianity, the Christ (Greek Χριστός, Christós, meaning "the anointed one") is a title for the saviour and redeemer who would bring salvation to the Jewish people and mankind. Christians believe that Jesus is the Jewish messiah called Christ in both the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Old Testament.