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Who is the Founder of Christianity?
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Who is the Founder of Christianity?

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WHO IS THE "FOUNDER"?

We know that every organisation have a founder, someone who established it. So, can we assume the same for all religions too?

EXAMPLES OF VARIOUS FOUNDERS FOR VARIOUS RELIGIONS

Take the Church of Latter-day Saints, also called Mormons, whose founder was Joseph Smith. He started his religious organisation in the early 19th century.  

We also know the Jehovah’s Witnesses had a founder, Charles Russell, who founded his religious organisation in the late 19th century. 

DITTO FOR CHRISTIANITY?

So then, who is the founder of Christianity? Are we to believe that someone called Jesus landed about 2000 years ago on earth and started a religious organisation called Christianity? It beckons the curious soul to delve deeper.

In human history, few figures loom as large as the enigmatic architect behind Christianity, a faith that has shaped civilizations and ignited debates for over two millennia.

As we explore the origins of Christianity, we find ourselves peeling back layers of time to unravel the mystery surrounding its founding figure.

Who was the visionary force that breathed life into this global phenomenon? What narrative threads connect the ancient past to the present, weaving a story of enduring influence?

Allow me to walk you further back for a moment to establish the distinguishable founder of Christianity.  

WHAT SETS THE FOUNDER OF CHRISTIANITY APART

1. THE FOLLOWERS 

Few religions bear the name of their founder. But Christianity does.

CHRIST FOLLOWERS WERE CALLED “CHRISTIANS”

In the Book of Acts, we read about people called Christians for the first time. It happened after the birth, death, and ascension of the famous Jesus Christ to Heaven. 

Jesus gained many followers quickly while He was on earth. In Antioch, locals called these followers Christians for the first time.  

Acts 11:25-26

"Then Barnabas departed for Tarsus to seek Saul (later called Paul). And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch."

 These “Christians” were eye-witnesses to the life, teachings, and ministry of Jesus Christ in the region of Israel in the first century AD. Others, like the apostle Paul, learned about Jesus Christ after He ascended to Heaven.

2. THE INTENT 

Jesus was interested in founding something other than having a religious organisation. He wanted to make it possible for fallible people to have fellowship with the God of the universe.

If Jesus had been interested in religion, he would have spent all His time in the Temple, and the Pharisees and scribes would have all been his pals. Jesus was not interested in religion. 

A mere organisation with rules would not allow us into the presence of the God of the universe. The best of us could never reach that high. God had to reach down into our midst to make it possible. 

We know from eye-witnesses that Jesus had very little time for the religious leaders of the time. He would instead visit those considered not good enough to join their religious organisation. He was always willing to stop and share with those seeking the truth.

These religious leaders knew the Law and Prophets well. But they acted like lawyers and judges of religion, pushing rules and burdens on people. In effect, they were saying talk and do right, read our books, and you can join our religious organisation. But Jesus was vehemently against it. 

Matthew 11

"28Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

3. PART OF A BIGGER PLAN

 The coming of Jesus to earth was much more than the brainchild of a founder of another religious organisation. It is part of God’s colossal plan, stretching over thousands of years, that still blows our minds. 

Christianity shares an intricate and profound historical connection with Judaism. Jesus Christ was born a Jew, lived as a Jew, and will come again as a Jew. Jesus was the fulfilment of a prophecy given to the Jewish people.

1 Peter 1:20

"He (Jesus) was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake."

See more Trusting Bible Prophecy is About Trusting God.

 JESUS’ BIRTH, PART OF GOD’S PLAN

PROPHECY 

Jesus’s coming to earth was not a last-minute resort to solve a problem. Neither was it a plan gone wrong; it went exactly according to plan. 

Jesus fulfilled a promise that the God of the universe made. He foretold as far back as Genesis a coming virgin birth. 

Genesis 3:15

"And I will put enmity between you and the woman,

And between your seed and her Seed

He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel."

PROPHECY FULFILLED 

God prepared the world for the coming of Jesus Christ, and by the time Jesus was born, some recognised He was the one they had all along waiting for, according to God’s promise.

Thus, the very first verse in the New Testament was from Matthew, pointing out that Jesus is the promised Son of David.

Matthew 1:1

"The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham."

JESUS’ CRUCIFIXION, PART OF GOD’S PLAN 

In the same manner, God prepared the world for Jesus’ crucifixion. He foretold everything in detail about how Jesus would die and rise from death, and then He did.

FORETOLD BY DAVID

It was about 1000 BC when King David wrote a psalm, a prophetic portrait of the cross. 

Psalm 22:1

“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? I am despised of the people.

14All my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. They pierced my hands and my feet. 

18They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.” 

FORETOLD BY ISAIAH

The prophet Isaiah wrote about the Crucifixion in about 800 BC; God foretold what would happen to Jesus.

Isaiah 53:3

“He is despised and rejected of men….. we esteemed him not. 

5He was wounded for our transgressions…. bruised for our iniquities. 

6All we like sheep have gone astray, and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 

7He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth. 

PROPHECY FULFILLED

Many years later, they crucified Jesus, piercing his Jesus hands and feet according to Prophecy.

Matthew 37

"35Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet: “They divided My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.

46And 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?”

See more here: Crucifixion, prophecy fulfilled. 

Founder of Christianity Part of a Bigger Plan
The Founder of Christianity is Part of a Bigger Plan

WHAT ABOUT PAUL?

In the early Christian days, Paul, then known as Saul, emerged. He was a student of Gamaliel, a Pharisee. See Acts 22:3. As such, he fiercely opposed the Christian movement and vehemently persecuted followers of Jesus Christ. Since an opposer cannot be the founder, It rules him out as the founder of Christianity.


On the road to Damascus, Paul experienced a profound encounter with the risen Christ, resulting in a radical conversion. He became a fervent advocate for the gospel and Christianity.


Paul’s influence is undeniable. He was brilliant in articulating theological concepts and spreading the message mainly to non-Jewish communities.

CONCLUSION

At the heart of the Christian faith lies a profound mystery that has captivated scholars, theologians, and seekers alike for centuries. Was it the teachings of a humble carpenter from Nazareth, the enigmatic figure of Jesus Christ, that ignited a movement that would shape the course of human civilization? Or does the truth lie deeper?

If Jesus Christ was not someone who, on a whim, founded a religious organisation to generate an income for Himself, who, then, is the founder of Christianity?
 

GOD IS THE FOUNDER OF CHRISTIANITY. 

God is the true “founder” and author of Christianity. It was always part of His plan through the ages. 
 

THE TRUE QUESTION

 
And thus, the question here may be: “Do you believe that Jesus is God?” The Mormons and the Jehovas Witnesses both do not believe that Jesus is God. They are religious organisations with relatively recent founders. 
 
But, historical records and religious texts offer insights into the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. And if you do believe that Jesus is God, then you will understand that the founder of Christianity is distinguishable from other founders. The founder is the triune God: God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.H

Matthew 37

"1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2 He was in the beginning with God.

3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth."

MORE THAN A FOUNDER

 

Jesus has always been part of the Trinity. He was there when God created you and me. And Jesus came down to earth to become One of us and to dwell with us. 

Jesus is much more than a traditional founder of an organisation.

 
THE END.

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