when did christianity start/begin?
when did christianity start/begin?....i really need it....its a skool project
- LottaLouLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
When Jesus Christ walked the earth and people followed Him.
Gods plan for the promised redeemer for mankind was since the beginning. The Christ was prophecied in Genesis 3:15. The Christ would crush the snakes head & overcome death for mankind.
- 1 decade ago
Huge question and one that could arguably be answered, "At the beginning of time." John 1:1 in the New Testament says that, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." Verse 2 continues: "He was with God in the beginning."
The name "Christ" comes from the Old Testament. The Hebrew word is "mashiach," (Messiah) which meant "the anointed." "Christos" is derived from the Greek word meaning "to anoint."
The word "Christian" was coined as an insult to the Jewish believers, calling them "Little Christians." The believers were not offended, however. On the contrary, they turned around its intended use of derision and made the name "Christian" a badge of honor, since to be called by that name identified them with Jesus, the Christ. The name stuck, although used very rarely in the New Testament (Acts 11:26; 26:28 and 1 Peter 4:16). Acts 11:26 notes that the new community of believers in Jesus were first called Christians in Antioch. This was during one of three missionary trips Paul made through that city. Trip one was c. A.D. 46-48. Trip two was c. A.D. 50-52. Trip three was A.D. 53-57.
Now to confuse the issue, the belief has little to do with the name. Christians previously called themselves disciples, believers, saints, and bretheren. The Jews called themselves Nazarenes (see Acts 24:5; Mark 14:67), which was again an attempt at an insult to Jesus' hometown of Nazareth. However, in the Old Testament, a Nazarite was one who demonstrated total consecration to the Lord.
Go back to my first paragraph, and you can see that the belief began with God; the group called Christians began in Antioch. Arguably, the "Church" is as old as God's relationship with Man.Source(s): The Quest Study Bible, NIV, copyright 1994 Who's Who in the Bible, Paul D. Gardner, Editor, copyright 1995 Both published by Zondervan Publishing House
- white doveLv 51 decade ago
- JoLv 41 decade ago
The word "Christian" came into use during the days of Paul, who was a great evangelist who taught people from Asia, Africa and Europe about Jesus.
By 64 AD there were Christian congregations in many cities from Jerusalem to Rome. Antioch, which at that time was the capitol of the Roman province of Syria, was the most active center of early Christianity. It was in Antioch that the name "Christian" was first given to the disciples (Acts 11:26).
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- valcus43Lv 61 decade ago
Christianity as we know it today started officially after the First Council of Nicaea in 325 AD. There was much debate about who Jesus was before that but Emperor Constantine lead to a doctrinal decision then stifled dissent. Now we have a really nutty belief in a Trinity.Source(s): See Wikipedia web site: First Council of Nicaea
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Technically it started with Jesus
But formally it started with the ministries of Peter and Paul, then it got big when Constantine decided to make it the formal religion of the Byzantine Empire in 300 AD
Read up on the Byzantine and Constaintine.
- mil'sLv 41 decade ago
It depends on what definition of Christianity that you choose but historically, Christianity is branded as Christianity after the first Ecumenical Council, i.e. Council of Nicaea on 325
Read more at http://www.usislam.org/69ecum.htm (Copyright © By Dr. Adel Elsaie, Book Title: "History of Truth, The Truth about God and Religions")
God knows best
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- fifimsp1Lv 41 decade ago
Ahem. Ok, really. Ok the year 1 is when Christ was born (give or take about 5 years) and he died at 33. After that his apostles spread the word. They were originally seen as a cult but really got going when constatine spread it. Go look it up. Type in the history of Christianity.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Pentecost - After Jesus' return to heaven. There were NO Christians during Jesus' earthly ministry.
Many people are confused by Jesus' teaching about the kingdom. They think that he was speaking of some still future kingdom, but he said, "What I’m about to tell you is true. Some who are standing here will not die before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” (Mt 16:28) The only understanding that melds all of these teachings is to realize that the kingdom is here right now in addition to its future fulfillment.
- ZhukovLv 41 decade ago
It started during the Pax Romana, or "Roman peace". The peace in Rome made it safe for people to travel around the empire and spread beliefs.