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There are virtually no “Christians” left in North America. Where have they all gone? How did it become so complicated to be called a “Christian?” Does it matter?
Let’s start at the beginning. Where did the name “Christian” come from? In fact, the name “Christian” comes from the New Testament, just barely. The word occurs a scant three times. The first recorded use of the term “Christian” is in the New Testament, in Acts 11:26, after Barnabas brought Saul (Paul) to Antioch where they taught the disciples for about a year. The text says: “[…] the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”
There are two other instances. In Acts 26:28: “Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.” The other reference is in 1 Peter 4:16: “Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.”
The term, when originated, was not used by Christians to identify themselves. Instead, the description comes from those outside their circle. The name “Christian” was likely given …read more
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