You know there wasn't any 'religion' in Christ's time. There were traditions, beliefs and rituals practiced by those in the Middle East, based on the Old Testament. There were no 'Jews' in Christ's time either. That term was inserted into the Bible under pressure from 'certain groups' into the King James version. So where did the word 'Christianity' come from?
Constantine's Sword, a huge book written by James Carroll, tells the history of the Catholic Church, which Constantine created to control the masses, based on the history of Jesus Christ and his cross. It was the Catholic Church, and not 'Christianity,' that was created. You were either Catholic or Protestant (all others). I believe the word 'Christianity' came about to lump ALL religions together that are not Judaic, so that there is 'Judaism' and 'Christianity.' I also think that James Carroll was Jewish because his conclusion was to 'have a Vatican III to make up for all the suffering Jews have gone through.' Vatican II got us into this secular mess to begin with.
Why is this word important? Because the 'story of the Jews' needs authenticity to grow. 'Jews' was inserted into later Bible translations to replace 'Judeans.' Today, they are replacing 'Catholic' with 'Christianity.' When researching 'the early Christians,' I came across this:
- Were the early Christians really hunted down and martyred, with repeated persecutions for an illegal religion forcing them to hide in the catacombs of Rome?
- Did the ancient Jews of Jesus' time always believe in a single, all-powerful God?
- How did breaking away from their Jewish roots make Christians more vulnerable in the Roman world?
- What were the origins of what we now consider the
distinctively Christian liturgical practices of baptism and the
'Christianity' lumps all those who believe in Jesus Christ under one umbrella, although there are hundreds of different religions. This separates them from Jews. The quote states, “ancient Jews of Jesus' time.” There were NO Jews in Christ's time, only the Pharisees/Rabbi Zealots in Herod's Temple, which Christ was against. They were all citizens of Judea.
According to Wikipedia, “Where there is a distinction, Nasrani refers to people from a Christian culture and Masihi means those with a religious faith in Jesus. In some countries Nasrani tends to be used generically for non-Muslim Western foreigners, e.g. "blond people."
They can't bring themselves to say 'Catholic.' Why? Because Jews consider 'Catholic' to be their biggest threat, and it was until the Church was destroyed in 1963. It is easier to use the word 'Christian' and destroy everybody else. It won't be long before the only true church is called 'Jew.'
I saw on 60 Minutes a few weeks ago that the 'religion' that came from the followers of Christ, the ones Constantine modeled his 'church' after, still exist in Egypt and are called Coptics. They even elect a pope. They have saints. They have the cross tattooed on their children's wrists.
The Copts sided with the military, that was against the Muslim Brotherhood, who blamed the Copts, and their churches were destroyed and burned. When these ancient religions, and current, are lumped under the word 'Christianity' it is easier to destroy their buildings and even kill them, as did Arafat when he blamed the Copts for siding with the military. Although these Muslims destroyed early Churches recently, they did so because they believe these people are 'fraternizing with Israel.' Then why aren't they destroying Israel?