Christianity a translation of the Hebrew מָשִׁיחַ, Māšîăḥ, meaning “the anointed one” together with the Latin suffixes -ian and -itas) is a monotheistic religion based on the life and oral teachings of Jesus as presented in the New Testament. Christianity is the world’s largest religion, with approximately 2.2 billion adherents, known as Christians. Most Christians believe that Jesus is the Son of God, fully divine and fully human, and the saviour of humanity whose coming was prophesied in the Old Testament. Consequently, Christians refer to Jesus as “Christ” or the Messiah.
Christianity is an Abrahamic religion that began as a Jewish sect in the mid-1st century. Originating in the Levant region of the Middle East, it quickly spread to Syria, Mesopotamia, Asia Minor and Egypt. It grew in size and influence over a few centuries, and by the end of the 4th century had become the official state church of the Roman Empire, replacing other forms of religion practiced under Roman rule. During the Middle Ages, most of the remainder of Europe was Christianized, and adherents were gained in the Middle East, North Africa, Ethiopia and parts of India. Following the Age of Discovery, Christianity spread to the Americas, Australasia, sub-Saharan Africa, and the rest of the world through missionary work and colonization. Christianity has played a prominent role in the shaping of Western civilization.
Christians share a certain set of beliefs that they hold as essential to their faith, though there are many important differences of interpretation and opinion of the Bible on which Christianity is based.
Christianity played a significant role in the development of my community in ogoni, rivers state and the effects are visible until today. This is what we would like to show you by giving you some examples including important characters, institutions and events.
Wherever the Christian community is there, they do a lot of charitable service for the uplift of the down-trodden. They do a lot of social activities to help the poor and needy. My community can never forget the contribution of Christians in the fields of education and public health.
Even in the cultural field the contribution of Christian community cannot be ignored. The growth and development of the Ogoni language is heavily indebted to the contribution of missionaries like Herman Gundart and Nidhirickal Mani kathanar. Nasrani Deepika who all have a hand in the first daily News paper in Lagos.
Though the Christian population is meager in almost all my community, the very few people in these locations do a lot of service to the weaker section of the society. Among the Ogonis, Gokana is having the maximum Christian population and the Christian community here send a good number of priests and nuns to the different states in Nigeria for mission work. These Priests and nuns do their service in the remote villages of many Nigeria states. They start schools, Colleges, Hospitals and poor homes for the uplift of the downtrodden section of people in these villages.
These poor people were exploited by the Landlords in these areas for the last many years. They were working like slaves, in the Agricultural fields of these Landlords. When they got educated, they began to question these social injustices. That is why these fuedel Lords are threating the priests and nuns who work for the uplift of these poor people.
Ours is the largest democracy in the Africa. Democracy will be successful only in a country where people are educated. But the curse of our country is the high percentage of illiteracy. The Christian missionaries who have migrated to different parts of Nigeria are conscious about this and they start educational institutions in places. Where they work. Almost all the reasonable people of this county appreciate the work done by the Christian missionaries in different parts of India. The contribution of the Missionaries in the educational field is really praiseworthy. Almost all the famous colleges and schools in different states of Nigeria belong to the missionary order. Nobody can disagree with the fact that though minority communities, Christians are doing yeoman service to the Nation
1. The term “Christian” (Greek Χριστιανός) was first used in reference to Jesus’ disciples in the city of Antioch[Acts 11:26] about 44 AD, meaning “followers of Christ”. The name was given by the non-Jewish inhabitants of Antioch, probably in derision, to the disciples of Jesus. In the New Testament the names by which the disciples were known among themselves were “brethren”, “the faithful”, “elect”, “saints”, “believers”. The earliest recorded use of the term “Christianity” (Greek Χριστιανισμός) was by Ignatius of Antioch, around 100 AD. See Elwell/Comfort. Tyndale Bible Dictionary, pp. 266, 828.
2. Christianity’s status as monotheistic is affirmed in, among other sources, the Catholic Encyclopedia (article “Monotheism”); William F. Albright, From the Stone Age to Christianity; H. Richard Niebuhr; About.com, Monotheistic Religion resources; Kirsch, God Against the Gods; Woodhead, An Introduction to Christianity; The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia Monotheism; The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, monotheism; New Dictionary of Theology, Paul, pp. 496–99; Meconi. “Pagan Monotheism in Late Antiquity”. p. 111f.
3. Hinnells, The Routledge Companion to the Study of Religion, p. 441.
4. Zoll, Rachel (December 19, 2011). “Study: Christian population shifts from Europe”. Associated Press. Retrieved 25 February 2012.