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Can somebody summarize the different "branches" of Christianity to me, and explain why they exist in the first place?

The branches come from difference in opinion. Here is a diagram showing where Christianity diverged. Image source From the beginning Christianity diverged from Judaism1: where Christianity ...
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What was the most likely method of crucifixion that was used on Jesus?

That Christ's hands were nailed to the cross is firmly established by Scripture. Following the Resurrection, the Apostle Thomas doubted that Christ was alive: So he [Thomas] said to them, "Unless I ...
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Can somebody summarize the different "branches" of Christianity to me, and explain why they exist in the first place?

Such a simple question, and so difficult to provide a simple answer! Probably the main reasons for Christianity dividing into branches and sects are: (a) issues of dogma: disagreements about points ...
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Can somebody summarize the different "branches" of Christianity to me, and explain why they exist in the first place?

The other answers here are good, but I'll try to directly address some questions with more detail. And this is the sort of question where a lot of answers are "it's complicated, and no one perspective ...
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Why was Jesus not welcomed and carefully tested by the Jews if they were (and are) actually waiting for Messiah?

He was tested The Jews living in the time of Jesus did try to discern whether Jesus was the real Messiah that they had been yearning for, because they disliked living under Roman rule and wanted to ...
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Can somebody summarize the different "branches" of Christianity to me, and explain why they exist in the first place?

Interesting question, but where to start? It’s a big ask! The Wikipedia diagram provided by depperm is a very useful illustration showing the timeline and emergence of the different major branches ...
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Why was Jesus not welcomed and carefully tested by the Jews if they were (and are) actually waiting for Messiah?

Part of the OP assumption is the Jews in leadership didn't test Christ. They did, but they didn't like what they found. And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day ...
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What do Jews and Christians agree with in the Bible?

This answer compares the text and the interpretation of the Jewish Scriptures with the text and the interpretation of the Christian Bible. Text comparison As you can see in the table in the wikipedia ...
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Is there scripture stating we will realize an unmistakable event or experience immediately upon salvation during God's Ephesians 3:2 "age of grace"?

Those saved by Jesus have crossed over from death unto life. Not only does common sense tell us that such an extreme change should be experienced but the New Testamant is also quite clear on this ...
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Can somebody summarize the different "branches" of Christianity to me, and explain why they exist in the first place?

I’ve done my best to address three of your sub-questions: Why do we have Christianity if Jesus was a Jew? God has always called prophets to teach the inhabitants of the earth (His children). These ...
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Why was the revelation that God has the Only Begotten Son not given in the Old Testament?

"Why was the revelation that God has the [an] Only Begotten Son not given to the ancient Hebrew people?" There are two answers to this: it was and it wasn't! Answered in reverse order: It ...
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Is there anything people do today that would have been seen as a miracle by ancient standards?

Jesus loved so perfectly that he was able to perform astonishing miracles This is incorrect. Jesus either is God (according to Trinitarians; mainstream Christian belief), or was a prophet among ...
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What was the most likely method of crucifixion that was used on Jesus?

Another controversy brewing in the Hebrew Roots Movement is the cross or stake debate. Here is a good article exploring this whole discussion, which includes some references to the “mark”. Used with ...
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Why was Jesus not welcomed and carefully tested by the Jews if they were (and are) actually waiting for Messiah?

Your question is not naive. Nor is there a single answer. No sign. Some Jews expected the Messiah to perform an outstanding miracle. Moses prophesied this: 15 The Lord your God will raise up for ...
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What was the most likely method of crucifixion that was used on Jesus?

In the absence of a quantitative model, likelihood is likely abused. If a matter such as this, which is the topic of an unsettled scholarly discussion, the only reasonable answer is that we don't ...
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What is "Christ Consciousness", and which branches teach it?

The first thing to understand about “Christ Consciousness” is that it is not Christian and does not form any part of Protestant or Baptist theology that I am aware of. Below are partial quotes from ...
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What Christian companies, today, have no name by which they are known?

The only ‘label’ that matters is the ‘label’ of Christian. A Christian is a person who belongs to Christ Jesus and who obeys Him. Denominational labels are man-made and of no importance. Jesus ...
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Is the Militia of the Immaculata a sect within the Catholic branch of Christianity?

If the teachings, requirements, and goals of the Militia of the Immaculata are not completely synchronized with Orthodox Christianity, does it then qualify as a sect within Christianity? The ...
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What do Jews and Christians agree with in the Bible?

In Paul's declaration to the Corinthian Church he references 'the scriptures' in support of his gospel concerning Christ dying for sins and rising from the dead. The scriptures he speaks of are the ...
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Is there a traditional belief in Christianity or Judaism on the cause of death of Moses?

The most detailed account I am aware of (from a reasonably consistent source) is the account written by Flavius Josephus, who concludes the relevant narrative with the following: And as he [Moses] ...
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How can Jesus rule the earth during the second coming, if he is only in Jerusalem?

Put aside the question of whether the Jerusalem which Jesus will enter and rule from is: 1) The Jerusalem we know (but fixed up) 2) A new physical city that descends fully built from Heaven, as ...
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Why has the Church moved toward the West since it began?

Christianity reached China by 400 AD. By the time of Genghis Khan, there was a thriving Christian community. Some of the royal princesses and a leading general were Christian. However, a series of ...
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Did Jesus really go to "hell"?

The Apostle's Creed (believed by Catholics, Orthodox, and orthodox Protestants) states: I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and ...
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What is an overview of the schools of thought regarding the soteriological status of alien life forms?

The question is purely hypothetical, and would seem to fall under Paul's admonition in 1 Timothy 1:4 to avoid "...attention to fables..., which cause debates rather than godly edifying, which is in ...
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Does Christianity or the Bible forbid polygamy and widow remarriage?

Christianity forbids polygamy but allows widow remarriage. I agree with you that Gal 3:28 is not usually cited as support for the rejection of polygamy, because the passage context is about unity of ...
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What was the most likely method of crucifixion that was used on Jesus?

If you believe the Holy Shroud of Turin to be the shroud which covered Our Lord when He was placed in the tomb, and that the image imprinted on it is really of His body, then it should provide some ...
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Can somebody summarize the different "branches" of Christianity to me, and explain why they exist in the first place?

I know about "protestant", "catholic" and then there's something else in the "main three" which I probably "should know" by heart but I simply don't. (Probably referring to Eastern Orthodox?) And ...
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Why was the revelation that God has the Only Begotten Son not given in the Old Testament?

Revelation is... a revealing. God's revelation to humanity began in Eden, after sin entered in, and that's where the first book of the Bible, Genesis, starts (written circa 1446 B.C.). Because sin ...
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Holy Spirit Presence, Metaphor, Gender; how does gender apply to the Holy Spirit?

So there are some complicated questions there. Let me try to answer them one at a time according what most Christians believe. Is the Holy Spirit real? Yes. The Holy Spirit is one of the three "...
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