Who Created the Christian Religion?
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By: Timothy M. Youngblood
The term Christian means the denomination of Christos which Christos is a Greek word for the anointed so yes many consider themselves Christians because they accept Jesus The Christ (Or Messiah) as the one God the Holy Father sent with a message of the coming kingdom and to offer Himself as the eternal sacrifice for all those the Holy Father calls.
The word Christian, was first applied to such by the Gentiles and is found in Acts 11:26 - 28; 1 Pet. 4:16. Though the word rendered "were called" in Acts 11:26 means to be called or of the assembly, the early church and apostles do not seem to have adopted the name “Christian” for themselves nor is it likely that the name Christian was given by the Jews.
As applied by Gentiles there was no doubt an implication of scorn, as in Agrippa's statement in Acts 26:28. Tacitus, writing near the end of the first century, says, "The vulgar call them Christians. The author or origin of this denomination, Christus, had, in the reign of Tiberius, been executed by the procurator, Pontius Pilate" (Annals xv. 44). From the second century onward the term was accepted by believers as a title of honor. (Above information from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words) The name Messiah is from Messias and is of Hebrew origin meaning the "Anointed" and from there I found the Greek word "suneklektos" meaning chosen in company with, i.e. co-elect.
Now brethren in order for Satan to deceive those that want to follow the Christ he had to create a Church that would have the name Christian but with paganism mixed with truth in a way as to not cause alarm. It may be hard for many Christians to believe but Satan also is the one that created what we know of as religion. We can find many pagan religions down through time and even today many of their rituals and ceremonies have been adopted by many Christian Churches.
Because this change from absolute truth to this mixture of truth and error has taken almost two thousand years, millions of people have accepted their teachings as though it is from the authority of Jesus Himself. The question is did Jesus come to establish a religion? The answer is NO!
Many Christians don't realize that there is an elite club that has a great influence on the actions and opinions of the Christian masses. They control what is taught in the Christian religion and what is accepted as true doctrine. Many Christians do not know their church is working with many World organizations and are members of the World Council of Churches, or the World Confessional Families or The Christian World Communions.
These organizations who are working towards total Church unity stated that they do not concern themselves with the doctrines of Churches unless they advocate the preaching against accepted tradition.
When one looks into the long history of the Catholic Church we find that many pagans were accepted into that Church over the years. The pagan gods of Tammuz, Ray, Ester, Argus, and the Queen of heaven (Or Mylitta) were among those accepted, and the out-cast Churches retained many of the old pagan practices when the protestant reformation ended. Brethren, if anyone accepts these false gods in any way, they very well may be accepting another gospel, and looking to another savior.
We read a warning from the apostle Paul in second Timothy 4:3-4? Which states "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."
I do believe that the three major religions will merge. They are the Catholic church which will at that time be considered as all Christians and then the Muslim religion with the Jews will merge as well. Some may say that could never happen but ask your self this question; If a unified world is to come how can that happen without these three religions unifying as well?
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