Christians are people who have devoted themselves to following the life and work of Jesus, also known as Christ (the “Anointed One”).
FxCincludes things like messy churches, heavy metal churches, bar churches, and church churches. These FxC are genuine places of worship, where individuals can join a Christian community; they don't need to attend a “traditional” church on Sunday mornings either. Christians believe that the Holy Spirit permeates all life and creation, making it possible to find spiritual content in everything.
Nowadays, some Christians are eager for their faith to be immersed in the diversity of religions and cultures; others are confident that it will be flexible enough to survive and even thrive. There are various beliefs about the historical person of Jesus, although most Christians see him as the Incarnation of God, both fully human and completely divine, free from original sin. Paul (the most influential figure in the historical development of Christianity after Jesus himself) described essential Christian virtues as “faith, hope and love”. Other groups (such as Christian scientists, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, and Unitarians) have distinctive positions on the life and teachings of Jesus that differentiate them from conventional Christianity.
Christianity is by far the largest, most deeply rooted and influential religion in Britain. To the extent of their possibilities, in their personal and community life, Christians try to follow the example of Christ. The best-known Christian holidays are Christmas (December 25 in Western churches and January 7 in Eastern Orthodox churches), which celebrates the birth of Jesus, and Easter (which is celebrated every year between the end of March and the end of April in Western churches, and between the beginning of April and the beginning of May in the Eastern Orthodox churches, following the cycle of the moon). Although there may have been Christians in Leicester during Roman times, the oldest surviving church building dates back to 880 AD (St.
Nicholas Church). Over two millennia, Christianity has spread all over the world, influencing life to some extent in virtually every part of the planet. Christians tend to believe in life after death, although the condition reached by the individual soul depends on God's grace: salvation is a gift that cannot be earned with anything that human beings do in their earthly life. According to the 2001 census, Leicester has the second lowest percentage of Christians of all towns or cities in England and Wales (almost 45%), but Christians are still the largest religious community in Britain: 125,187 were registered at that time.
In 2001, there were just over 41 million Christians in Britain, representing almost 72% of the population. The God At Work reports reflect CARU survey results and other research that shows new expressions of the Church are emerging; these form Christian disciples, change people's lives, and grow both in rural and urban areas. Christians believe that the Bible addresses important issues of existence in a way that is both timeless and contemporary.