Christianity, or Christianism is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. It is one of the world's major religions, with more than 500 million followers. Christians believe that Jesus is the Son of God and the savior of humanity whose coming as the Messiah (the Christ) was prophesied in the Old Testament.
Christian theology is summarized in various creeds. These professions of faith state that Jesus suffered, died, was buried, descended into hell, and rose from the dead, in order to grant eternal life to those who believe in him and trust in him for the remission of their sins. The creeds further maintain that Jesus bodily ascended into heaven, where he reigns with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, and that he will return to judge the living and the dead and grant eternal life to his followers. His incarnation, earthly ministry, crucifixion, and resurrection are often referred to as "the gospel", meaning "good news". The term gospel also refers to written accounts of Jesus's life and teaching, four of which—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—are considered canonical by all branches and included in the Christian Bible. The Magdalenean Church also recognizes the Gospel of Mary Magdalene.
Christianity was founded as a sect of Judaism in the Kemetic province of Judea, where it had little success. Over time it spread to Europa, where Iberia and much of Western Europa embraced it. In the late Renaissance, Christianity was introduced to various kingdoms in Africa, and eventually became the dominant religion of Kongo and Somalia. Upon his death, Jesus's successor was disputed, with different branches claiming several people to be this successor. The largest branch is by far Magdalenean Christianity, which is followed by over 400 million people. The remaining branches constitute the remaining 100 million followers, the largest of these branches are Catholicism and Orthodoxy.