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Were The First Gentiles Greeks

The first gentile Chrisitians were Greeks. First Christian scholarship and worship was in Greek. How do Protestants square their faith with Greek and Eastern European Christian Orthodox faith? Many seeing the Orthodox faith as even more Catholic than Catholicism.

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Actually, just about everyone in the eastern part of the Empire, even in Palestine, (and anybody who was anybody in the West) had to speak Greek just to be able to get along. Why else was the Title on Our Lord's cross in three languages? What language do you think He spoke to the Samaritaness and Canaanitess in, anyway?

But to say these people were Greek because they spoke Greek is like saying I'm a British subject because I write in English.
---Jack on 7/16/07


Anyone that is NOT a Jew is considered a Gentile. The first Believers were Jews - then Paul took the gospel to Goyim (Gentiles).
---Phyllis on 2/24/07


Ed: Let's forget about the questions here altogether, because from most of what I've read by you here at CN, I think you need to focus on what BEING a Christian means from the Scriptures rather than how some particular church's doctrine differs from any others! ONCE a person has been truly saved by God, which may include ANYONE who really wants to know Him and follow His words (even if they happen to be in a church teaching FALSE doctrine), they'll find other Believers they can discuss the truth with.
---danie9374 on 2/19/07


For those who've yet to be saved (though they may be seeking answers) or are vehemently opposed to the truth of Scripture (either certain atheists who feel it's necessary to wipe-out all belief in God, or those in cult groups who teach things against the true God), it may be necessary to point out errors in their comments or even debate them about heretical teachings, but doing so rarely, if ever, removes the blinders from their eyes; only the Spirit can do that, so we pray for Him to work in their lives.
---danie9374 on 2/19/07


** I think the first gentile people to be converted were the Armenians?**

Armenia, as a nation adopted Christianity and made it the state religion before the Roman Empire did under Theodosius (NOT Constantine).

But some will say that the oldest church after Jerusalem is the Ethiopian Church, and they have a point.
---Jack on 2/19/07




Daniel, yes, Ed/Dave needs a Bible.
Mormons use another Bible. That's why the theology is completely different than what you have studied...

"concede the victory to Mormonism. Orthodoxy in both Catholicism and Protestantism precludes the possibility that anyone since the ministry of Christ can write scripture. Our message centers on the verity that God can still speak.
---Michael on 2/19/07


And if that is the case, then Catholics and Protestants are left to account for the fact that he has not spoken to them and that when he did speak through a living prophet, they refused to listen. We profess no doctrines that do not have modern revelation as their source."

I've hit a nerve with Ed/Dave.
---Michael on 2/19/07


I'm trying to see what purpose in serving, praising and studying His word is in pondering this question. My pastor shows us in the bible where gentiles meant anyone who was not of the faith. If it was important who was first in that category there would have been much emphasis on that nationality in the Bible. The enemy-as Christ warned--loves for us to get bogged down in such details as denominational ifferences instead of commonalities of worship and sanctification.
---Kathy on 2/19/07


Forget about Catholicism for a minute. Question is: how do Protestants square their faith with the Orthodox Christians. Are Orthodox Christians hopelessy lost as well?

What is a "Protestant"? - "Protestants" are made up of conflicting groups. How can you square a Baptist with a Lutheran?

Many "Protestants" consider themselves Catholic but not "Roman Catholic". Just as many Roman Catholics believe that Luther got a lot right.
---Ed on 2/19/07


Daniel: you are right. I got the bit about the Greeks been the first gentiles to be converted, wrong. I think the first gentile people to be converted were the Armenians?
---Ed on 2/19/07




There is no such things as a gentile Christian. Please read Galatians 3:27-28. And "protestant" is a political term wrongly applied to Christians, for that would be like calling a Christian an antiPharisee, which is not the faith of a Christian. As I am not a protestant nor an orthodoxee, I can not answer how they compare to each other.
---Eloy on 2/19/07


Ed, Get a BIBLE and READ the Book of Acts WITH A GOOD MAP! The first Gentile Christians, were NOT Greeks, but (as Jack said) people from all over the Roman Empire who merely SPOKE Greek at that time; as did even many of the Romans too. Paul didn't reach Greece until Acts 20! Antioch, 'where they were first called Christians' is on the Syrian-Turkish border. CENTURIES passed before there was a split between Rome and Orthodox churches!
---danie9374 on 2/19/07


ed,the one true difference which brought about the reformation was the fact that some men believed that all people should have the bible to read.also the catholic church was not teaching that a person neeeded to be born again.there were other facts not being taught,but the private printing and passing out of bibles cost some people their lives.this was condoned by the catholic church.
---tom2 on 2/18/07


part2 funny that the bible was written to all brothers. even luke states in the foreword why he wrote his gospel,and many of pauls writings are to all readers.so the catholic church was wrong.today they have their own bible with many many more books than the kjv version.I personally rely on one truth,thats jesus.I read the entire bible ,but my MAIN study comes from THE WORDS WRITTEN IN RED.
---tom2 on 2/18/07


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