The Beginning

Apr 24, 2007
The Secret Place
The Beginning

Hey all.

I gotta question.

When Did Christianity really begin ?

We know the Bible says God created the heavens and the earth, animals, plants, humans ect ect some 6000 years ago. But it wasn't for some 4000 years later that Jesus came along and after that, the Bible was written.

Im slightly confused on this.


While many looked forward in faith to the coming of the Messiah no one really followed Him until He began His earthly ministry. He had disciples then but the Church was really born at Pentecost with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Unless a man was born again He could not see, perceive or take part in the Kingdom of God. We could not be born again until Jesus Himself paid our sins and applied His blood at the mercy seat of heavens temple.
It wasn't till later the term Christian or follower of Christ was coined and that is the root or beggining of the word Christianity.
Act 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
Aug 10, 2007
Austintown, Oh
Acts 11:26 (NASB)
and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And it came about that for an entire year they met with the church, and taught considerable numbers; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.

The Greek word is Christianos - which basically means "the slaves of the Christ."


"Throughout the New Testament, the followers of Jesus Christ referred to themselves in various ways, such as the "faithful," the "elect," the "saints," the "believers" and the "church" (the literal meaning of the original word for church meant ones who are called, i.e. church actually means repentant and converted people, not a building or a corporate organization). Christian, from the Greek Christianos, was originally a term used by unbelievers to describe the followers of Jesus Christ as slaves (i.e. the suffix ianos was popularly used to specify the slaves of the one whose name with which it was compounded i.e. Christianos meant slaves of Christ), and was the name given to the church by the Greeks and Romans who most often intended it in a derogatory manner - although Paul, in referring to himself, made reference to that slave, or servant, label in a positive way by honorably calling himself a "a servant of Jesus Christ" (Romans 1:1). The critical manner of using the term in those early years is perhaps the reason that, surprisingly, Christian is found only three times in the Bible, and Christianity does not occur at all. It was however eventually adopted by the followers of the Messiah themselves, and was thereafter used in a positive way, at least among Christians."


People looked forward to the promised redemption by faith (see Hebrews chapter 11) the same way we look back and believe by faith.


True that was the birth of the church, they simply did not have the ame Christian and it was not called Christianity yet.

J. Damascene

Jan 18, 2008
True that was the birth of the church, they simply did not have the ame Christian and it was not called Christianity yet.
Right on :). Originally, Christianity was just a Jewish sect whose members were known generally as "Way-ists". The term "Christian" didn't catch on until later.