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Christian, Christianity, Christianism

Posted in Bible, Christianism, Christianity, Etymology of Religion by entonces27 on January 5, 2009

Dear fellows,

I find this topic interesting to open because most people nowadays use these terminologies inappropriately and ambiguously. The fact that “Christ” came from the Greek etymon  which means :

5547. Christos khris-tos’ from 5548; anointed, i.e. the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus:–Christ.


5548. chrio khree’-o probably akin to 5530 through the idea of contact; to smear or rub with oil, i.e. (by implication) to consecrate to an office or religious service:–anoint.

http://www.eliyah.com/lexicon.html

Biblically speaking, Christ is the power and wisdom of God. Refer to http://www.mcgi.org .Kindly open the topic: The Jesus and Christ of the Bible is not God the Father http://www.mcgi.org/biblicaltopics/bib_christ_1.htm

And going back to the root of the word “Christ” will give us the following:

5548. chrio khree’-o  probably akin to 5530 through the idea of contact; to smear or rub with oil, i.e. (by implication) to consecrate to an office or religious service:–anoint.

5530. chraomai khrah’-om-ahee middle voice of a primary verb (perhaps rather from 5495, to handle); to furnish what is needed; (give an oracle, “graze” (touch slightly), light upon, etc.), i.e. (by implication) to employ or (by extension) to act towards one in a given manner:–entreat, use. Compare 5531; 5534.

So, we will note that Jesus the Christ is ” consecrated to an office or religious service by means of oil.” We know for the fact that this oil is “the oil of gladness.”

Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. Hebrews 1:9; Psalms 45:7

Therefore, a christian is a follower of Christ who loved righteousness and hated iniquity. If so, what is Christianity? Lexicographically speaking, http://www.dictionary.com gives the following:

–noun, plural -ties.
1. the Christian religion, including the Catholic, Protestant, and Eastern Orthodox churches.
2. Christian beliefs or practices; Christian quality or character: Christianity mixed with pagan elements; the Christianity of Augustine’s thought.
3. a particular Christian religious system: She followed fundamentalist Christianity.
4. the state of being a Christian.
5. Christendom.
6. conformity to the Christian religion or to its beliefs or practices.

Origin:
1250–1300; ME cristianite < L chrīstiānitāt- (s. of chrīstiānitās), equiv. to chrīstiān- Christian + -itāt- -ity; r. ME cristiente < MF < L, as above

But wait a minute is number 1 definition above correct? Let us find out.  James 1:27 states:
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

Again refer to http://www.mcgi.org, and read “Why are there many religions today?” http://www.mcgi.org/biblicaltopics/bib_religion_4.htm
Folks, it’s up to you folks to identify the “pure religion.” Now back to our topic:  Christianity is simply a  state or condition or quality  of a Christian. Biblically speaking,
1Pe 4:16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
Act 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
Therefore, many will shame the Christians. Why? Because of their teachings and discipline.
How about “Christianism”? What does this mean?
Let us find out first what the suffix “-ism” means. And one of the meanings is the following, still borrowed from http://www.dictionary.com :

-ism

a suffix appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it was used to form action nouns from verbs (baptism); on this model, used as a productive suffix in the formation of nouns denoting action or practice, state or condition, principles, doctrines, a usage or characteristic, devotion or adherence, etc. (criticism; barbarism; Darwinism; despotism; plagiarism; realism; witticism; intellectualism).
So, christianism means action or practice of the christians; doctrines or the principles of the christians or devotion of the christians etc. But wait, is there word such as “christianism”? http://www.dictionary.com gives 2:
–noun
the beliefs and practices of Christians.

Origin:
1570–80; < LL Chrīstiānismus < Gk Chrīstiānismós Christianity, equiv. to chrīstiān(ós) Christian + -ismos -ism
Chris`tian*ism\, n. [L. christianismus, Gr. ?: cf. F. christianisme.] 1. The Christian religion. [Obs.] –Milton. 2. The Christian world; Christendom. [Obs.] –Johnson
So, beware to websites containing the word “Christ.” One of them, to name is http://www.christianism.com which says:
This site contains scholarship, blasphemy, heresy, freethought, rationalism, atheism, history, psychology, sociology, theology, anthropology, etc.Years of research are summarized, via abstracts from scholars.

So, better ask the only sensible preacher in these end times, Brother Eli Soriano to further your investigation of who the real christians are.
Very truly yours,
Enton Ces



Subjects and Results:

  • Bible (Old Testament. New Testament.) (was) is Fiction (“historical Fiction”, etc.).
  • Jesus (was) is a Fictional character (not “historical”).
  • Paul (was) is a Fictional character. Etc.
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  1. shoulder length haircuts said, on November 29, 2011 at 5:06 AM

    This definitely makes great sense to me!


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