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Christianity vs. Christendom

Christendom is a name given to the entirety of those who claim to be Christians. It can be said that those within this group worship Jesus Christ, as God. I hastily add, that there are some who call themselves Christians who ARE DIFFERENT from those within Christendom, one such movement is referred to as Jehovah's Witnesses. The disunity of those who profess Christianity dates back from the first century C.E. As a matter of FACT the very doctrine of Trinity [not Biblical] came about from the efforts of Roman emperor Constantine's attempt to unite the 'factions' [supported by his 'converted' mother Helena]. Although there is available today an abundance of information to show the pagan attributes of the Trinity doctrine, this article shall use the Bible, the ONLY TRUE AUTHORITY of TRUE CHRISTIANS to distinguish The Only Living God Almighty [YHWH, translated JEHOVAH in English] and the One whom God SENT [John 8:42], Jesus the anointed One [Christ] or Messiah. Firstly, the Tetragrammaton YHWH, which is translated as Yahweh and Jehovah, means; He Causes To Become. It should also be noted that God's personal Name represented by YHWH is ALMOST ALWAYS rendered as LORD or GOD in MOST Bible translations {even though it exists nearly 7,000 times in the manuscripts from which Bibles were translated [Hebrew text also called Old Testament by Christendom]}. The editors of the Brown-Driver-Briggs Lexicon state that JHWH occurs 6518 times in the Masoretic Text . While JHWH occurs 6518 times in the Masoretic Text that underlies all editions of the King James Bible, JEHOVAH [in all capitals letters] only occurs 4 times in current editions of the King James Bible : Exodus 6:3 and Psalm 83:18 and Isaiah 12:2 and Isaiah 26:4 (and three more times in place-names). (The King James Bible which is commonly sold in bookstores is an 18th century spelling and punctuation revision of the King James Bible of 1611) Instead of YHWH or Jehovah, the expression "The Lord" (with the word "Lord" in all capital letters) has commonly been used in most English-language Bible translations. Jesus means Jehovah is Salvation, as does, Isaiah. Why Jesus is not JEHOVAH. 1. By his own admission. John 5:19, 30; John 7:17, John 8:42, John 12:49, John 14:28, John 20:17, Matthew 24:36, Matthew 4:10, Matthew 7:21 etc. 2. Psalm 110:1 and 4 compared with Hebrews 6:20, 8:1, 2, 4:15, Matthew 22:41- 46. These Scriptures show that Jesus Christ is High Priest to God. God CANNOT be High Priest to himself can he? 3. Deuteronomy 18:18, 19 compared with John 1:19-21, 25-27; 6:14; 7:40; Acts 3:19-26 Jehovah God mentioned a Prophet that was to come similar to Moses [would liberate the people from any entanglement so they can pursue true worship of God]. This Prophet was to SPEAK only TRUTH from God himself. John 12:49, John 8:42; John 18:37, Matthew 21:9 - 11. 4. When Jesus Christ was tempted by the Devil [slanderer] to do an act of worship to him, Satan [resister], Jesus directed Satan to God's Word [Bible] saying this privilege was God's ONLY. Matthew 4:10, compare with Deuteronomy 6:13- 15. 5. At Matthew 27: 46 we read: And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is, "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?" NKJV. Who was this God? Yes, my friends, Jesus was speaking to Almighty God, Jehovah. Compare Psalm 22:1. 6. There are various references of the God and Father of Jesus Christ. Please read; 1 Peter 1:3, Rom


True on September 17, 2013:

Acts 11:25-26

New International Version (NIV)

25 Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.

A Christian is really a follower of Jesus the Christ. All other 'Christians' are really believers in fallacies such as the Trinity.

Stephen Peterson on August 20, 2012:

Hi True Truthseeker, I'm going to disagree with your definitions.

Christendom referred to an historical polity of pre-modern times. It referred to an area in which regional secular authorities coexisted with an International ecclesiastical authority. That is, both secular and ecclesiastical jurisdictions excercised authority within the same territories. In pre-modern times, the modern concept of "Europe" did not exist. Inhabitants of these lands referred to their lands collectively as "Christendom" and articulated their common identity as "Christian". Christendom declined and ceased to exist with the rise of modern nation-states.

"Christianity" is a modern post-Reformation concept that was created to group all people who identified themselves as "Christian" under a single banner. Prior to the Protestant Reformation the concept of "Christianity" was not needed since all Christians belonged to churches that mutually recognised each others legitimacy. Even after the East-West Schism when Western and Eastern churches stopped sharing structures of authority, they still continued to recognise each other as legitimate churches. With the Protestant Reformation this ceased to be the case and so a new term became needed.

gerardo on May 21, 2012:

are you a jahovah witness?

Emily Gallios on March 30, 2012:

I really loved your scripture-based comments above on Christainity or Christendom, and the following one on the beginning of sin and the real solution as taught in the Bible. I am also a TrueTruthseeker and through humble study of the Word of God have come to the same understandings of the Bible. Since Christain really means believing and living what Jesus taught and modelled for us, we would have to honestly conclude that Christendom has never been and still is not Christain in any sense of the word, but rather the manifestation of the Great Apostacy Jesus foretold would come after his death and what the Apostle Paul fought against in his letters addressing the sectarian and lawless teachings many were trying to introduce in the early congregations and then draw followers after themselves. As Paul noted, the remaining living apostles were acting as a restraint to this "man of lawlessness" until their deaths. Finally, in 325 CE the pagan Roman emperor Constantine gelled the apostacy into the forming of the Catholic (Universal) Church with a conglomeration of Babylonian, Greek, and Helenistic pagan teachings such as the trinity, hell-fire, and the immortal soul. Everybody now could worship together, uniting the Roman empire in one religion, (except those pesky true Christains, the heretics, whom they hunted and killed).

Today the professed goal of these apostates is still to convert the world to Christendom, not to tough to do since most of the world already believes the same pagan teachings. Please send me your comments.

True Truthseeker (author) on May 05, 2010:

God told Adam and Eve, (two living souls) that they would “surely die” if they disobeyed Him. (Gen. 2:17) It is the soul, the sentient being, the will or mind of a man which is responsible for sin, and it is the soul, therefore, which is to bear the penalty of sin. That penalty is distinctly stated to be death. “The wages of sin is death.” (Rom. 6:28) “The soul that sinneth it shall die.” Ezek. 18:4

From this standpoint we can see that Adam was created mortal—in a condition in which death was a possibility. Had Adam remained obedient he would have continued living forever, everlastingly—and yet all the while he would have been mortal, liable to death if he became disobedient.

Because he was not immortal God’s threat that if he disobeyed he should die, meant something. It meant the loss of the spark or “breath of life,” without which the body would return to dust and the living soul or sentient being would cease. Had Adam been immortal, God’s sentence would have been an empty threat. But because Adam was mortal, liable to death, he died because of his disobedience.

What is the Death State?

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King David said of death: “His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth, in that very day his thoughts perish.” (Psa. 14:6) If immortal, the thoughts of a man would not perish, but would go on to another state of being. Solomon said: “There is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom in the grave whither thou goest.” The dead are not conscious, for both the body and the mind of a man cease to exist at death. “For the living know that they will die; but the dead know nothing ...” Eccl. 9:5, 10

The Apostle Paul describes death as “sleep.” “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep [dead], that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope… For the Lord himself shall descend [at his second coming] from heaven with a shout... and the dead in Christ shall rise first.” (1 Thes. 4:13, 16) If the dead were conscious, then they would have no need to be raised.

Hope Beyond the Grave

Although the Scriptures do not support the thought that the soul is immortal, they do abound with the hope of a resurrection from death in due time. “God will redeem my soul [that sentient being which had been alive] from the grave [sheol—the condition of death].” Psa. 49:15

When Jesus “poured out his soul [being] unto death” “he made his soul an offering for sin” and became our ransom-price. (Isa. 53:10,12) This was necessary, because it was Adam’s soul that was sentenced to death, and the promise to mankind is a redemption of soul or being from the power of death. Therefore, Jesus’ soul, life, was poured out in death. The penalty of Adam’s sin was death (everlasting,) and when Jesus took his place he became subject to that penalty—eternal death. Jesus, as a man, then, in order to redeem man had to give up forever his human existence.

The Bible declares that as all of Adam’s race share by heredity in his death penalty, so they all shall be permitted to share in recovery from the power of the grave as they learn of and accept Christ. As Paul expressed: “As by a man comes death, by a man also comes the resurrection of the dead; for as all in Adam die, even so shall all in Christ be made alive.” ICor. 15:21-23

Immortality Brought to Light

The Apostle Paul explains that the term immortality had no application before the resurrection of Jesus. Our Lord received immortality at his resurrection as a reward for his faithful obedience “unto death, even the death of the cross.” “Wherefore, God hath highly exalted him [to the promised divine nature, at his resurrection], and given him a name that is above every name [Jehovah’s name excepted].” 1 Cor. 15:27; Heb. 12:3,2; 2 Cor. 8:9; Phil. 2:8,9

Paul declares that Jesus “abolished death [broke its hold on man] and brought (1) life and (2) immortality to light through the gospel.” (2 Tim. 1:10) This shows that: (1) life in perfection, lasting life, is separate and distinct from (2) immortality, indestructibility. In addition, it shows that neither of these great blessings had been disclosed or made accessible previous to the gospel.

The Offer of Everlasting Life: Perfect Humanity

During God’s Kingdom on earth, His plan of salvation for the general race of Adam is to extend to each member of it the offer of everlasting life through the precious blood of the Lamb. Adam’s race will be offered “restitution” (Acts 3:19-21) to perfect human life—the same that Adam possessed before his fall from grace. Restitution in its ultimate sense will bring the restored ones not only out of the grave, but also out of their sick and dying condition.

By the close of God’s thousand year Kingdom, all the obedient of mankind shall have attained all that was lost in Adam and redeemed by Christ. Then, armed with complete knowledge and experience, all will be fully able, as individuals, to stand the test of obedience. They will not be rewarded with immortal life, but will be granted everlasting life here upon the earth as long as they remain obedient.

The Offer of Immortality: A New Creation

God purposes not only to give the world of mankind life everlasting, but to give the faithful followers of Jesus a higher kind of life—immortality, the divine nature. Immortality is “brought to light” for this special class only, the Church, which, by God’s wonderful favor, is now being called, tested, and selected to be joint-heirs with Christ. This inherent life is referred to by our Lord: “As the Father hath life in himself [immortality] so hath he given unto the Son that he should have life in himself [immortality]” and that he should give it unto whomsoever he would—his bride, his Church. (John 5:26; Eph. 3:6) Paul tells Christians to “seek” this gift from Christ and to “put on” immortality, implying that they did not already have it inherently. Rom. 2:5-7; 1 Cor. 15:51-55

The hope of the Church, Christ’s bride, is that she will share in his glory, honor and immortality if faithful. It is written respecting “the resurrection” of the Church: “It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption [immortality]: it is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: it is sown a natural [animal] body; it is raised a spiritual body.” 1 Cor. 15:42-44,49; Rev. 2:10

What a glorious prospect! Then, “the Spirit [Christ] and the Bride say, Come... And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Rev. 22:17

True Truthseeker (author) on April 30, 2010:

Also 1 John 5:5 [along with many others]

1 John 5:5 (King James Version)

5Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

Apostle Jack from Atlanta Ga on April 30, 2010:

I totally agree that Christ is not God,but the Son of God.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten

son.By misinterpation is it viewed otherwise.

I invite you to be "PIN PALS".I love the babies.

Have you viewed my Art work,hubs,and philosophy?

True Truthseeker (author) on April 30, 2010:

6. There are various references of the God and Father of Jesus Christ. Please read; 1 Peter 1:3, Romans 15:6, 2 Corinthians 1:3, Ephesians 1:3, John 20:17, Revelation 1:6, 3:12, 2 Corinthians 11:31.

NOTE PLEASE that EVEN when Jesus is glorified and in heaven he refers to his God [Revelation 3:12].

7. Jesus is identified as taking the scroll from the hand of the One seated on the throne in the heavens [that is from God's hand]. Revelation 5: 7.

8. Jesus is compared to an angel of God, at Galatians 4:14. This is supported by Proverbs 8:22-31, Hebrews 1: 5; Hebrews 8: 1, 2; Philippians 2: 5- 11; Revelation 3:14; 1 Thess. 4: 16. Col. 1:15, John 3:13, Daniel 7: 13, 14, Micah 5: 2.

9. Almighty God is from everlasting to everlasting [Psalm 90:2, Revelation 4:10, 11], He CANNOT DIE, Jesus had to die for redemption to be a reality [John 3:16, etc.]

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