Christians ( / ˈkrɪstʃən, - tiən / ( listen)) are people who follow or adhere to Christianity, a monotheistic Abrahamic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
Christianity began as a Second Temple Judaic sect in the 1st century Hellenistic Judaism in the Roman province of Judea. Jesus' apostles and their followers spread around the Levant, Europe, Anatolia, Mesopotamia, the South Caucasus, Ancient Carthage, Egypt, and Ethiopia, despite significant initial persecution.
1. a. : one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ. b (1) : disciple sense 2. (2) : a member of one of the Churches of Christ separating from the Disciples of Christ in 1906. (3) : a member of the Christian denomination having part in the union of the United Church of Christ concluded in 1961.
The word “Christian” literally means, “belonging to the party of Christ” or a “follower of Christ.” Unfortunately over time, the word “Christian” has lost a great deal of its significance and is often used of someone who is religious or has high moral values but who may or may not be a true follower of Jesus Christ.
A Christian is a man, woman, or child who has experienced a spiritual new birth through the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit. That new birth is a gift of God, through Jesus Christ, given by the grace He freely offers to all. Some believe you can be born into a faith.
of, pertaining to, believing in, or belonging to the religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ: Spain is a Christian country. of or relating to Christians: many Christian deaths in the Crusades. exhibiting a spirit proper to a follower of Jesus Christ; Christlike: She displayed true Christian charity. SEE MORE.
Christianity in general encompasses a wide range of denominations and faith groups. Thus, within the broad umbrella of Christianity as a religion, Christian beliefs vary widely as each denomination subscribes to its own set of doctrines and practices.
Christian ( ˈkrɪstʃən) n 1. (Theology) a. a person who believes in and follows Jesus Christ b. a member of a Christian Church or denomination 2. (Theology) informal a person who possesses Christian virtues, esp practical ones adj 3. (Theology) of, relating to, or derived from Jesus Christ, his teachings, example, or his followers 4.
The followers of Jesus Christ were first referred to as “Christians” by the Gentiles of Syrian Antioch, and the name was more than likely meant as an insult (see Acts 11:26 ). In the New Testament, believers never refer to themselves as “Christians”; rather, they use such terms as brethren ( Acts 15:1; 1 Corinthians 16:20, NAS), disciples ( Acts 11:26; 14:24, NKJV), and saints ( Acts 9:13; 2 Corinthians 13:13, ESV ).
The word must have been coined by the heathen population of Antioch, as the church emerged from the synagogue, and a Christianity predominantly Gentiletook its place among the religions of the world. 3. The Christian Attitude to the Name: Perhaps the earliest occurrence of Christian as a self-designation is in Didache 12:4.