Unmasking the terms “Christian” and “Christianity”.
We would like to communicate that this is not meant to belittle, tear down, shame, or cause any harm to Christians and those who are in the religion of Christianity.
This is meant to uncover all deception that leads anyone to walk in a manner that is unworthy of the Kingdom of YaHuWaH. We pray that you would test what is presented here and that you would grow in knowledge and gain a better understanding of who you are and what the origins are of your belief.
There never was/were TWO kinds of Christianity meaning:
1) the early believers of Yahusha (who were Torah obedient) in the first centuries after His death, resurrection, and ascension.
2) the Roman Catholic Church that hijacked the true faith and re-invented it into what we now know as basic “Christianity” (including all of Rome’s Protestant daughters).
The early believers were called Natsarim (followers of the Nazarene). And yes, they were called “Christians” at Antioch by the Antiochians.
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. (Acts 11:26)
The believers did not call themselves “Christians”. The Antiochians called them that.
BUT ~ and this is very important:
The name “Christian” (in English) was originally a Greek term that did not mean “Christ-follower”, as so many believe that it did/does. This is why so many people think that the disciples were legitimately called “Christians” and their belief called “Christianity”.
The term “Christian” was meant and intended as an insult against true believers in Yahusha. It was a term meant to accuse them of following a false Messiah, just as the Pharisees and pre-4th century Romans were falsely accusing them of doing.
The way the KJV translators chose to write and communicate the term “Christian” in the New Testament is confusing, probably because they were translating from their own understanding and belief in the Roman-Christian religion rather than what that word actually means.
“Christianos” in Greek is like a compound English word. “Christ” meaning anointed one, or Messiah. “Anos” is abbreviated from “anosios” which means “unholy, wicked”.
cretin. The English language has no shortage of cruel names for people, and one of them is cretin, which is what you’d call someone who is very, very dumb in the head. Back before cretin meant “a stupid person,”. Synonyms: changeling, half-wit, idiot, imbecile, moron, retard. Type of: simple, simpleton, a person lacking intelligence or common sense. Interestingly, the word “cretin” was derived from “Christianos” a little over 200 years ago.
It can easily all get jumbled up and confused. But here is what I am attempting to communicate: though the Antiochians called the Natsarim, “Christianos”, the Natsarim never called themselves that. The translators made an incorrect assumption.
The hijacked message of the true Messiah by the Roman church fathers in the 4th century reinvented practically everything! And using twisted interpretation (even to the omitting of large chunks of the Word of Elohim as being meaningful and necessary) crafted a new religion that was supposedly Bible-based by taking out as much Hebrewism as they could get away with.
THEY called and still call themselves, “CHRISTIANS”.
The word “Catholic” is Latin, “catholicus”, from the Greek adjective καθολικός (katholikos), meaning “universal”. The word “universal” reveals their intention…of which they have accomplished, as to today everyone knows about Christianity and it is the largest religious institution on the earth. I shall insert here that the “MANY” that Yahusha spoke of in Matthew 7:13-14 refers to religious persons.
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and MANY there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
When all things are revealed, those who are in the lawless religion of Christianity will be awakened to the fact that their very name means, “unholy Christ”. Which also goes to “antichrist”, which means “imposter/false Christ”.
Please note that I am not saying that Yahusha HaMashiach is not real and valid, but rather, the false concept of Messiah (the image that they present) that the Church holds to and whom they claim did away with Torah obedience at the stake.
In no way were or are the authentic believers ever meant to be regarded as “CHRISTIANS” by the Father. Not at the beginning and not now. Not ever. We are known as “YISRA’EL” because we are grafted-in. We are also the NATSARIM, the followers of Yahusha HaMashiach the Nazarene.
Christianity always has been pagan-based from its inception in the 4th century by Rome. Many misunderstand the term “Christian” and often think they were the EARLY believers and the believers of today.
“Christian” and “Christianity” are NOT official or authentic terms of the true faith. The term Christian (singular) is only used twice in the NT. The term Christians (plural) is only used once in the NT. The term Christianity is not used at all in the NT.
With exception to Acts 11:26, the term is used inaccurately by the translators. But in the case of Acts 11:26, the term is misunderstood by most readers as an official title, which it most certainly is not.