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religion based on the life, teachings and purported miracles of Jesus of Nazareth, known by Christians as the Christ, or "Messiah", who is the focal point of the Christian faiths.
It is the world's largest religion, Originating in the Roman province of Judea, it quickly spread to Syria, Europe, Anatolia, Mesopotamia, Transcaucasia, Egypt, Ethiopia and the Indian subcontinent, and by the end of the 4th century had become the official state religion of the Roman Empire.
Concise doctrinal statements or confessions of religious beliefs are known as creeds (from Latin credo, meaning "I believe").
They began as baptismal formulae and were later expanded during the Christological controversies of the 4th and 5th centuries to become statements of faith.
Christians believe that Jesus, as the Messiah, was anointed by God as savior of humanity and hold that Jesus' coming was the fulfillment of messianic prophecies of the Old Testament.
The Christian concept of the Messiah differs significantly from the contemporary Jewish concept.
Each of the doctrines found in this creed can be traced to statements current in the apostolic period.
The creed was apparently used as a summary of Christian doctrine for baptismal candidates in the churches of Rome.
The Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox churches broke communion with each other in the East–West Schism of 1054, and the Chalcedonian schism in 451.
This particular creed was developed between the 2nd and 9th centuries.
Its central doctrines are those of the Trinity and God the Creator.
According to both Catholic and Protestant doctrine, salvation comes by Jesus' substitutionary death and resurrection.
The Catholic Church teaches that salvation does not occur without faithfulness on the part of Christians; converts must live in accordance with principles of love and ordinarily must be baptized.