If you add the populations of China and Europe, it would be about the number of Christians there are in the world today - 2.3 billion.
Christianity is under siege on two fronts. Of course, I am speaking of Christmas and Easter. After the Easter service at our church in the morning we will have breakfast together.
Former security guard William Albert Francis said Easter was the most special Christian event for his family.
Sweden: Children dress themselves as Easter witches and go house to house to gift drawings to people and expect sweets as return gift.
Easter is celebrating Jesus' victory over death and mankind's hope for eternal life.
"If Jesus is alive, it means that everything he said he was to do for you, he did them all", the clergyman noted. That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. According to the New Testament, Jesus died on the cross on Good Friday, and came back to life three days later. And that is exactly what happened, Jesus willingly died on the cross, and as any dead man, He was buried.
It was decided at this council that Easter Day should fall on the first full moon after the Spring Equinox and that it should always fall on a Sunday to represent the day of Christ's Resurrection. Jesus's resurrection is not a promise for escape from the world, or a life free from trouble, but rather it commissions those who would remember his resurrection to be his "raising" agents in the world. Let us come together as God's people and celebrate all that He has done for us. "It is a day of God's infinite hope for the human family", Becker said.
However the celebration of Easter is insignificant if the celebrations do not point to the continuing reality of the Risen Lord. He gave power to what He did by raising from the dead. I think people realize the sacredness of this day. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.
Taking it one step further, if Easter is unfounded, the idea of a God who answers prayers is also absurd.
That seemed to deflate the argument that had so much theological steam in the mind and heart of my new acquaintance. The old fashioned religious tradition of the past doesn't matter like it used to.
Most Rev. Ose-Bonsu, also the Bishop of Konongo-Mampong Diocese of the Catholic Church, in a telephone interview with the Ghana News Agency, charged Christians to exhibit Christ-nature in their behaviours during Easter and afterwards.
Pastor Aaron Smith: As a pastor, I do my very best to just be me.
The Easter celebration is marked by the Orthodox Christian church on April 17 this year. Holy Ground is anywhere we serve as the reconciling love of faith from the maternity ward to the hospice wing.
It is the holiest day on the Christian calendar.
On the other hand, if Easter is true, and I along with hundreds of millions of others believe it absolutely is, then we have the greatest message of hope in the history of the world.
Chad: What is your favorite part of this time of year?
"I really do believe that God is love, one of deep affection and grace and forgiveness and inspiration". We must not live in fear, depression or like those who do not know that Christ is risen.