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Why were the first Christians called Christian?

  1. ShalahChayilJOY profile image59
    ShalahChayilJOYposted 5 years ago

    Why were the first Christians called Christian?

    Are there any followers of Christ like that in the world today? And if so, where?

  2. royalblkrose profile image60
    royalblkroseposted 5 years ago

    the first incidence of Christian was as a derogatory term, as the original followers of Christ were Jewish.  "Christian" meant "Christ follower",  and the Pharisees and Saducees (the two main schools of Judaic thought) belittled the Jews that decided to listen and follow Christ.
    and there are Christians like that EVERYWHERE.  then as now, some follow Him more closely than others.

    1. ShalahChayilJOY profile image59
      ShalahChayilJOYposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Shalom royalblkrose, interesting input. First time I heard that. Can you share where you found the information? Scripture says they were called Christian because they were so like Christ..not saying your post is wrong

    2. royalblkrose profile image60
      royalblkroseposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      to answer your question- the study notes in my new king james points out that this was a possibly derisive term- acts 11:26

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    SirDentposted 5 years ago

    The Bible proclaims that God has always kept a remnant.  Back in the day of the early Church, those who followed someone were called names that reflected the one they followed.  Even in the Old Testament people were called after the ones they followed, (ie) Amalekites were followers of Amalek.

    The word χρηματισαι in our common text, which we translate were called, signifies in the New Testament, to appoint, warn, or nominate, by Divine direction.  (Clarke Commentary).

 
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