What Is Christian? Christianity?
Church: “called out from [the world]” via Strong’s Concordance, reminds us that we are not subject to man's instructions but "the higher self" called god by social religion.
Religion, Social: “believing in a deity outside of oneself that only the messengers it designates can reveal.”
Religion, True: “a way of life which teaches one the purpose for everything on earth by objectively observing, participating for different outcomes and reasoning for finding their purposes” is what the Bible calls “true religion undefiled” which can only be obtained by forsaking the belief in devil/god (Isaiah 7:16), evil/good (Genesis 2:17) and the other judgmental adjectives man use to describe their preferences.
In my reading of the Bible I have only in the book call “The Acts of The Apostils,” shorten to “The Acts” and “Acts”, found the term Christian in chapter 11, verse 26 but one should begin reading at verse 19. The KJV reads…
19 Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only.
20 And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus.
21 And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord.
22 Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch.
23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.
24 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.
25 Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:
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.
By that reading we are able to determine why the disciples are called Christians. They were believers in Christ’s teachings who came from Jerusalem and other areas to help carry the message of the wanderer called Christ to the interested people in Antioch. Thus, the term Christian was established to mean “in the likeness of Christ” – that many believe it was intended as a putdown for people living and teaching the proclamation of the person called Christ.
Many of Christ’s teachings to his followers in Israel reveal how anyone believing his message would be recognized by living as he had. First he proclaimed a “new birth” – I call metamorphosis – is necessary before anyone can began to live or understand his message, therefore I’m presenting John 3:8 first. I follow that by giving you his houseless state in Matthew 8:20, then his telling us we have to forsake almost everything civilization has to offer located 19:29 and what is called “the Great Commandment” located 28:19-20 of his works for your reading. I could give even more from Matthew and go through Mark, Luke and John’s writings but that would be redundant for they all are all restating the words found in Genesis 2:24 with my clarifying in brackets. “Therefore shall a man [both genders] leave [the conditionings of] his [or her] father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife [or her husband] and they [their feminine and masculine attributes] shall be [come] one [in their] flesh.” Thus, anyone knowledgeable of the scriptures should be able to recognize Christians by living differently from the world called civilization while sharing their understanding of his teachings.
About seventy years after Christ ascended Constantine used his warriors to spread the knowledge of Christ for Rome. It didn't become a major religion until CE year 325 when the Nicene Council convened and change Christ's name into Jesus, cannoned the Bible and set other guidelines for mentally controlling man-en-mass. That included making it the world concurring religion Revelation 6:2 describes. “And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.”
The “white horse” and rider represents people of European descent, the “crown” represents a knowledge of the Christ’s teachings altered to make the Christ person become diseased as snow (Exodus 4:6) while the “bow” shows them having weapons of war. Using the combination of Christian missionaries enforced with weapons the rider set out world conquering. Constantine had began it with the cross on the solders' shields and breastplates then the the Catholic church with the message of Christ followed the crusaders whose weapons killed any refusing their message. Thus the Catholic Church and Christianity became a new world wide religion.
When we understand the Bible's "metaphors of world history" that follow the seasons of the year signs (Gen. 1:14) we find Asians loosing their hair are the "yellow-green" budding of plants, Cain's coming to the "land of Nod" or discovered and forgotten many times Americas are "Red-man" like the red-ripe fruit of summer, Esau being the darkening of fruit and leaves of fall are the African first born with the Europeans as white frost and snow of winter springing forth from the heal or foundation of as did Jacob, whose mother, the earth, said "the cruse be on me," destroys everything except evergreen plants representing everlasting life reveals the Bible's cyclic message.
The difference between Christians and Christianity is Christians are people who were and are living and teaching the message of the person called Christ; Christianity is a religion established by altering the Christ person from a man of color into a man believed white that polluted his message to such an extent people would no longer believe they had to live the Christ teachings.
One must realize all organizations are “domesticating” and “cultivating” man. Cultivation allows certain attributes to grow uninhibited while attempting to prevent others from growing at all although Christ did not teach absence but temperance and means do all things according as done in the earth’s eco system. Thus, Christianity is the cultivating all who would be Christians into people who teach without living their message and controlled by other man.