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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 a hundred years after the Christ’s ascension Constantine organized the message of Christ into Christianity as Rome’s religion and attempted to make it the world’s religion as interpreting Revelation 6:2 describes. It reads; “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” represents people of European descent; the “bow” shows them having weapons of war; the “crowns” represent knowledge which was the Christ’s teachings altered to make the Christ person become diseased as snow (Exodus 4:6) and with that combination he set out to conquer the world. Thus Constantine began the quest of conquering by sending missionaries out with the message of Christ and had crusaders following them with weapons to kill anyone refusing the message. And out of that came the Catholic Church and Christianity as the new world’s religion.
The difference between Christians and Christianity is Christians are people who were/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 (Exodus 4:6) into a man believed white and polluting his message to such an extent that people would no longer believe they had to live the Christ teachings. One must realize any organization is nothing more than “domesticating,” also called “cultivating,” people. Cultivation allows certain attributes to grow uninhibited while attempting to prevent others from growing at all although Christ did not teach absence but temperance, meaning do all things according to the laws of the earth’s eco system. That is what Christianity is, the cultivating all who would be Christians into people who teach without living their message and are controlled by other man.