Dee Farrell

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    Is Christianity a New Religion?
     

    Many educated people teach that Christianity began during the Roman Empire. I must point out that they are knowledgeable about history, but not about the Bible.

    These teachers rightly claim that Christianity begins with Jesus. But who is Jesus really and when did He arrive on the scene?

    God is the author of the Bible. He gave the words to men to write down. Among the books of the Bible, a clear picture of Jesus emerges. He is God.

    The apostle John gives a description of Jesus in the introduction of his letter. He states, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” (John 1:1 NKJ) He continues in the fourteenth verse, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…”

    Jesus himself said that he was God. He declared, “I can guarantee this truth: before Abraham was ever born, I am.” (John 8:58)  I AM is the name God gave himself in Exodus 3:14.

    When was Jesus created?

    About Jesus Paul writes, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” (Colossians 1:15) Paul  goes on to answer our next question and, just to make it plain, continues with “He created all things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible.  … He existed before everything and holds everything together.” (Colossians 1:16-17)

    God, speaking in Genesis 1:26, uses the word “us”. He is referring to Jesus and the Holy Spirit, not a committee of extraterrestrials.

    The idea of Jesus as a Savior is introduced in Genesis 3:15 way before the Roman Empire and his arrival on earth. In the time between these events, God is teaching about the blood, the idea of a sacrificial Lamb, mercy and forgiveness. But all points to the arrival of Jesus and His work on the cross.

    So to answer the question, Is Christianity a new religion?, the correct answer is no. Christianity, the belief in a Christ, a Savior, begins in Genesis, which is the beginning, and Jesus, the Creator, God, predates Genesis.

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