Sometimes the truth is confusing, but Jesus did not want a religion created out of his teachings. And when the Seven Churches sprang up he was not happy with any of them.
The term 'Christian' is mentioned only three times in the New Testament, and not
at all in the Old Testament. Surely if Jesus and his followers
were Christians, they would have said so.
- Acts11:26, "And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch."
Who called them "Christians"? Notice that the disciples did not call themselves
Christians; they were called Christians.
- Acts26:28, "Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian."
Now notice in the next verse, Verse 29, Paul does not repeat the word Christian.
If he were a proud Christian, would he not have said this, "I would to God, that not
only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether
Christians such as I"? But he doesn't use the word, Christian.
- 1Peter4:16, "Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him glorify God on this behalf."
You should be able to see from these passages that the word "Christian" is being used in a negative
contemptuous manner. If they were Christians, wouldn't their be many references to that fact?
Wouldn't the word Christian have been recorded many times by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John - but it wasn't even mentioned. It only shows up
AFTER the cruxifiction. A label people started to use to ridicule and make fun of the followers of Jesus.
Perform a historical and factual analysis and you will see that the word "Christian" comes from the Latin
word Christianos, and was contemptuously given or applied to the followers of Jesus.
The believers and followers of Jesus would not have used or accepted a
Latin title, nor would they have referred to the Messiah as Christ; which is also derived
from the Latin word, Christos.
We also add here that his name was Jesus, not Jesus Christ or Christ Jesus.
And if you pick-up a concordance and turn to its lexicon, you will find to your surprise
that Jesus' name, in Greek, was 'Iesous': pronounced ee-ay-sooce. Upon further investigation, you would
learn that Jesus' name in Hebrew would have been Joshua, but because these Hebrews spoke
Aramaic, his name was Yeshua. Yes the name Jesus comes to us from the Greek name Iesous,
a representation of Yeshua, meaning Yehovah saves (God saves).
Yeshua was a very common name in Jesus' time, and therefore we come to the understanding that
by whatever name we know Jesus, he and his followers were not Christians; neither of which
is important. The Teachings of Jesus are the only important things.
As Jesus says in Revelation3:12, concerning his true name, if you reach Other Earth, "I will write upon
him my new name."