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Who Were The First Christians

Who Were The First Christians? Dishonest shepherds (at Jesus' birth); an uneducated fisherman (St Peter); an ex-prostitute (Mary Magdalene); a(repentent) crooked tax collector (St Matthew); the thief who Jesus died beside (The Good Thief); and, an ex-persecutor of Christians (St Paul).

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Acts 11:26.. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

What were they called before that?
Were they " christians" before they were called christians?
---francis on 7/30/10

Acts 11 first christians were jew and gentile, not simply "men of Israel"
---michael_e on 7/29/10

If you look up, better yet do a study on the unfortunate latin word "gentile" you will find in context it means "ethnos/nations" and applies to who the prophets said it would. Lost Sheep of Northern House of Israel. Matt 15:24. Heb 8:8-10.

GOD loved Israel, was married to them. He divorced the Northern House, retaining the Southern House of Judah.
He said he would remarry them. Matt 15:24. Says he is searching for them.
Yes...they are,were men of Israel. Find them, an all Israel again at end in the gates.
Widowed wife is free for the Bridegroom to come again.
---Trav on 7/29/10

Rev 12:9a And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:
John 8:44a,c Ye are of [your] father the devil...When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
1Tim 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
Rom 16:20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.
Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed, it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
---micha9344 on 7/29/10

It never ceases to amaze me how people complicate things that are so simple to understand. the plan of salvation is simple. Adam and Eve were placed in the garden and tempted by Satan

dave & everyone read that chapter. the serpent is just that a serpent whom was upright, & a very smart animal made by God. After reading the bible & seriously looking at that chapter Satan,the devil,lucifer was NOT placed in there next to the serpant.SATAN WASN'T THE ONE TEMPTING EVE.
Sorry, but the bibel tells us not to add nor take away & people are trying to put part "b" in one section after part "A"occured when A had nothing to do with B.
---Candice on 7/29/10

Acts 11 first christians were jew and gentile, not simply "men of Israel"
---michael_e on 7/29/10

People of all tongues at Pentecost were the first Christians. Beyond that there are few descriptions of congregations though the Bereans might fit such a description.

The first modern congregation is thought to have been in Africa following Matthew known as Coptics who were and are to this day are heavily persecuted in Egypt.
---larry on 7/28/10

God's plan of salvation was written in the constellations from the beginning. All who want the Truth can see it there.
---micha9344 on 7/28/10


How can that be?

They were first called Christians at Antioch,
was Adam & Eve there?
---Lawrence on 7/28/10

This is the gospel:
Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed, it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Adam and eve believed the gospel
the seed in that passage refers to none other than Jesus.

The name christian came much later.
So think of it this way: the apostles and believers in christ were already followers of christ for about 10 years before they Got the name. for Adam and Eve the name came 4000 years later.
---FRANCIS on 7/28/10


How can that be?

They were first called Christians at Antioch,
was Adam & Eve there?
---Lawrence on 7/28/10

Who Were The First Christians?

Adam and Eve
---francis on 7/27/10

The early Church Christians that was born again According to Mark 16 v 16, Acts 2 v's 37 - 41 which Fulfills Matt.28 v's 19 - 20 delivered to the Jewish people first on the day of Pentecost. They were first called Christians at Antioch. This One God Jesus name Church of The Living God made the devil mad, these Are the one that the devil with the roman leaders & nero including the crusades to kill off so they started their own following, the rcc the first trin - church that came from here 2nd.Cor.11 v's 14 - 15.

The remnant of The One God Jesus name Church of The living God still Is alive & well today, in the which I am part of. The devil didn't kill us all & he would like to.
---Lawrence on 7/26/10

Looks like you did a fine job of answering your own question.
---john on 9/22/07

Barbara you said, "In addition I think he smooches his dog. I don't think you'd want a smooch from him after that!"
---NVBarbara on 3/6/07
Are you speaking of the dog or me you wouldn't wanta smooch again?
THERE AIN'T NOTH'N WRONG WIT MY DOG.... So don't you assault his character.....
---Elder on 3/7/07

Lisa, Thank you. Your note encourages my heart. You are so kind.
God Bless.
---Elder on 3/7/07

I think you missed the point i was making (?). (you don't need to be rich enough to afford a vintage bottle of wine to get my point).
---Ed on 3/7/07

In the world we have a lot of unbelieving believers. Straight and narrow the road to heaven, and Jesus said, few will find it. So many people think that they are on the way to heaven and will fall so short of it. I realize different God called preachers are more encouraging, I am not.
---catherine on 3/7/07

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Elder, I loved your explanation. It was a good one to put in the files. There is so much to learn that many times we miss something so important. The blood. Again, thank you for your help. Though the name Christian didn't arrive until later, those people sure looked forward to the real sacrafice, Christ.
---Lisas on 3/7/07

notlaw: I believe the word Christian means One who professes or follows the religion of Christ, One who believes in and follows Christ, so the first people who were christians are from Adam n Eve 2Noah, and I remember"The People of The Way" they were the ones who never let go of Christ even after the worse persecution ever in the old days. Correct me if wrong...cant find the book with this info in.
---jana on 3/7/07

Well, maybe Mr. Ed would like a great big smooch. I bet he has a smile on his face after he comes back up from the cold, musty, wine celler and opens up a bottle of the good stuff. Leave that cheap grape juice on the shelf at Alby's. Along with the saltines.
---Dave on 3/6/07

Surely Jesus calling sinners means calling those who know first and foremost their own sins. They are more concerned about what God thinks than what society thinks. More concerned about following God, than being respectable. Many of the religious leaders and Romans of Jerusalem at the time were considered respectable. But their devotion to God / virtue was only on the surface. Just for show.
---Ed on 3/6/07

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Another thing .. how often are some of the best bottles of vintage wine, sitting in cold, damp cellars, and covered in slime, dust and dirt.
And the worst, sitting nice and shiny, with bright labels, in a modern supermarket with banal music in the background etc ..
---Ed on 3/6/07

Dave don't expect Elder to pucker up! However the thought is hilarious! IF that does ever happen, PLEASE take pictures!
In addition I think he smooches his dog. I don't think you'd want a smooch from him after that! :-)
---NVBarbara on 3/6/07

Dave, your mormonism is in the way. The reason being, you worship a false christ. The Christ is the Son of God, not the brother of satan. The Christ is the word made flesh He is eternal, not able to change doctrine to fit the culture of the times. You believe I am a fool because I do not accept works that men claim are spirit inspired outside of the word of God. So you see, my friend, we have some major differences. I love you, but, I do not accept your false christ or teachings.
---Ryan on 3/6/07

nvBarbara you are not only close you are right on.
To add also, every blood sacrifice pointed to the blood sacrifice of Christ on Calvary.
---Elder on 3/6/07

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Cliff, A&Es punishment also included eviction from the garden. The Garden was a perfect place until sin. Adam was cursed to earn a living by the sweat of his brow, Gen. 3:17-19.
You will notice in Gen. 3:22-24 God sent them out so they could not eat of the tree of life. Their eating would have resulted in them living forever in their sinful state.
---Elder on 3/6/07

Dave, death was introduced before A&E were cast out of the garden. Death came in when they sinned.
Next there is no Biblical proof that they would not have children had they stayed in the Garden.
The Bible says they were to have children while they were in the garden, Gen. 1:27-28.
Dave if someone lied to me about something this simple I would wonder what else they lied to me about. Think on these things.
God Bless.
---Elder on 3/6/07

I would enjoy answering your question elder. If adam and eve were not tempted to eat of the fruit. how would they be cast out of the garden? they would have lived there forever. they did not have the knowledge for anything except talk to God daily. When they ate, they knew they were naked and were cast out. they then had children with freedom to choose. that was not possible in the garden. how do I know these things. I read the bible and understand by the power of the Holy Ghost. the bearer of all truth.
---Dave on 3/6/07

2- once cast out, death was introduced into the world meaning men were cut off from God's presence, they would have to live by faith and not knowledge God existed. They would be free to choose good over evil. we all make mistakes and sin daily, without the fall of adam, Jesus Christ would not be needed to atone for our sins thus nullifying the whole plan of salvation. without death, the resurrection of our spirit and body is not possible. without sin, there is no repentence and no judgement is needed.
---Dave on 3/6/07

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Read the whole Book of Acts to know about the first Christians, followers of Jesus Christ.Jesus commissioned His disciples to carry the good news of His resurrection and God's love and forgiveness to all lands, cultures and peoples. "And lo, I am with your always." Matthew 28:20
---agnea on 3/6/07

I am a Mormon. But let's not let that stand in our way. I love you all so much. Especially you, Elder. I admire your courage and strength. I've never meant anyone who touched my heart like you do. So pucker up, here come's a big smooch.
---Dave on 3/5/07

Elder this is what I get from Gen., some reading between the lines. A & E ate of the trees and the plants of the garden, but never any animals.
God didn't just kill an animal for the fur. HE made the first blood sacrifice by killing an animal to show US that a blood sacrifice would have to be made to redeem us. The shed blood of Jesus is what redeems us when we receive HIM as our Savior. Adam and Eve may not have known of JESUS, but they knew that the shed blood had a purpose.
Am I close?
---NVBarbara on 3/6/07

Ed, Jesus didn't go out and chose the scum of the earth to be his disciples. What he did do was call all sinners to repent and follow Him.
It is taking things too far assume the shepherds were dishonest. Why would Jesus call himself the "good shepherd" if shepherds were synonymous with dishonesty?
The Bible leads us to believe that "shepherds" are those that teach and lead the flock in love.
---Mercedes on 3/5/07

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Elder, I think Dave is a Mormon, that would explain a lot of his doctrinal positions and statements.
---Ryan on 3/5/07

Lisas. I never say anything that is not biblical. You may dispute it, but I use the KJV and it says clearly that Satan was in the beginning with God. If I thought you would take the time to read it for yourself I would give you all the references from the KJV, none other. there are many. I know, I spent nine hours yesterday reading every one of them. do not claim something is false because you do not believe in it. follow the word of God only in the bible.
---Dave on 3/5/07

Elder; You;re right about people complicating the simple. What, other than animal skins were readily available and suitable for clothing? Animals were neither innocent or guilty,they were put here for man's use! Are ALL animals killed, "sacrifices?" Have you eaten a sacrificial bird from KFC lately? Surely SOME animals sacrificed prefigured Christ, but not these! If A&E were saved "in the garden" they would not have been evicted!
---1st_cliff on 3/5/07

Dave where do you get the most of this stuff at? You speak like Satan did God and mankind a favor. What makes you think no one else would be here?
Where did Satan ask to redeem mankind?
Wow, how would you respond to your own statement? "It never ceases to amaze me how people complicate things that are so simple to understand."
---Elder on 3/5/07

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Alan, Gen. 3:15, The promise was first and the provision came in Gen. 3:21.
Where do you get the idea that A&E need clothing for the elements, to cover embarrassment, or to provide warmth?
You see the first example of innocent life given for the guilty.
A&E could have refused God's covering and provision but they didn't.
---Elder on 3/5/07

Dave, that was terrible, what you said. You first say, Scripture is so easy to see and all that stuff and then you turn around and say that, Satan lived from the beginning,(which is false since he was not in the beginning with God. He was created) Then you continue and say,"He wants to force everyone to live in righteousness" Now what's up with that Dave, who wants us to live in righteousness? Please give us all a break here. Who is confused?
---Lisas on 3/5/07

2. Now lets get back to who were the first Christians. Adam and Eve believed every word God said after they sinned. They heard God mention about the Redeemer that would come through the seed. Who was the Redeemer to come? Christ. Who did they believe? God Who did the old Testament saints believed in? Christ, why? because they believed in the coming Redeemer. Who was He, Christ, Who do we believe now? Christ. What are we called? Christians. Is that so hard for you to believe?
---Lisas on 3/5/07

3. Can we call them Christian's because they didn't know the Redeemers name was Jesus? of course, because of the fact that they believed in the coming Redeemer and looked forward to His coming. We don't look forward but look back because He has already come. Elder, you are completely correct in stating they were the first Christians. Others will alway refuse to connect the whole of Scripture.
---Lisas on 3/5/07

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Alan, I was not speaking against you. You are doing what everyone should be doing and that is asking from others the way you do. It would be great if everyone did ask and just hear what others have to say, and then take it for what it's worth. maybe giving your impute too, as I do. I have a many questions too but wait to see if someone else answers and brings that question to light for me. Kay was doing great but she has not been answering for a while.
---Lisas on 3/5/07

Elder ... Surely, they accepted the clothing that God provided, to cover their embarrassment, or to provide warmth.
There is nothing in Genesis about Christ, or indeed about the salvation of their souls.
Can you explain more
---alan_of_UK on 3/5/07

Acts 11:26 the disciples were called
"Christians" (Strongs #5546 faithfull believers) first, in Antioch.
---Toby on 3/5/07

Hello Dave ::You do have the Right Picture & The facts yes God created man to replace the fallen Angels but Lucifer did not want to adhere to Gods Plan & would not bow to Gods son Jesus & Mary. He knew all this & rebelled & was Kicked out of Heaven .I hope you are listening Steveng Rebellion is BAD not Kosher.This is why u were kicked out of school.rebellion.
---Emcee on 3/5/07

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Elder -Alan ::It was "the tree of the Knowledge of good & evil.Gen2:17.That is how evil was introduced into the world breaking Gods word & being Disobedient.If A&E did not succom we would all be saints .& satan would have been squashed like a gnat,never to entice manking again .
---Emcee on 3/5/07

Alan they accepted God's covering for their sin in the form of the coats of skins He offered them, Gen 3:21.
Notice that He drove them from the Garden and protected the tree of life so they could not eat from it. Also, no one has eaten of that tree as of yet. We will in the future.
---Elder on 3/4/07

Adam and Eve walked and talked with God every day. They had a perfect knowledge that He existed. When they ate of the fruit they were expelled and introduced death into the world. they would have lived forever in the garden if they did not eat of the fruit forbidden to them. yes elder, cliff and everyone else. that means none of us would have ever existed. it would also mean that Jesus Christ would NOT be needed to atone for our sins. Read the bible and stop making up your own fantasies.
---Dave on 3/4/07

It never ceases to amaze me how people complicate things that are so simple to understand. the plan of salvation is simple. Adam and Eve were placed in the garden and tempted by Satan. Satan knew they must fall so man could live. Satan was from the beginning and wanted to force everyone to live in righteousness. He wanted the glory. He was cast out with one third of the hosts of heaven. they will never have bodies of flesh and bone. it is all recorded in Genesis and Jude. take the time to read it.
---Dave on 3/4/07

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It is recorded Satan said: "Behold, here am I, send me, I will be thy son and I will redeem all mankind that one soul shall not be lost, and surely I will do it,wherefore give me thine honor. But, behold, my Beloved Son which was my Beloved and chosen from the beginning said unto me: Father, thy will be done and the glory be thine forever. Wherefore, because that Satan rebelled against me, and sought to destroy the agency of man,
---Dave on 3/4/07

2-which I, the Lord God had given him, and also that I should give unto him mine own power, by the power of mine Only Begotten, I caused that he should be cast down. And he became Satan, yea even the devil, the father of all lies, to deceive and to blind men, and to lead them captive at his will, even as many as would not hearken unto my voice." Adam and Eve knew God and Satan existed. they did not have to live by faith, they had a perfect knowledge.
---Dave on 3/4/07

Elder ... I still cannot find reference in the history of Adam & Eve as recorded in Genesis, to show that they accepted Jesus Christ.
No doubt you will be able to show me.
---alan_of_UK on 3/3/07

Study all of those Blood Sacrifices from the Garden to Calvary.
Learn their meaning and what they represented.
Study the Calvary Sacrifice and see where it fits with all the OT Sacrifices.
See the Exod Passover and what it has to do with Calvary?
If I have time I will come back and show you what the OT scape goat had in common with the NT Barabbas.
Notice it was prophesied that Jesus would keep all of His bones and not a one shall be broken and see how that relates to Salvation.
---Elder on 3/3/07

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#2 Alan,
Also note that Jesus is the only High Priest that was allowed to go into the Holy of Holies without a rope tied to His ankle and bells on the skirt of His garment.
When you can see these things you will be able to understand that Adam and Eve were Saved in the Garden.
And, that was on credit if you will because they were waiting for payment to be made through the Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus, which was yet future but believed on and trusted.
---Elder on 3/3/07

Dave if anyone knows what the Cult books say it is Cliff.
Cliff if God didn't forgive A&E why did He slay innocent animals and clothe them? Why did they accept them?
Why were they not allowed to eat of the tree of life? Why is no one allowed to eat of that tree yet but only in the future?
You said you mind asked you questions why hasn't it asked you these?
Why don't you take the time to research these before you answer?
Might show you what your mind has been doing to you.
---Elder on 3/3/07

Dave; A&E understood the sacrifice of Christ? yep it's all there in the book of Maccabees or Morman? Certainly not in the bible! It was satan that told them if they ate of the tree of knowledge (of good and evil) they would be like god .They were tossed out so they couldn't eat of the "tree of life" and live forever (Gen 3.22) Salvation was not in the plan for those two! Else God lied when he said "if you eat of it you will "surely die" as in not staying alive!
---1st_cliff on 3/2/07

Elder ... I would like to accept your wisdom in this matter, but csnnot you point to the passage that supports what you say?
---alan_of_UK on 3/2/07

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Dave has told you.
If A&E were not Christians after accepting God's sacrifice what were they?
Christ was slain from the foundation of the world.
You see they were Saved on credit.... They looked forward in faith for the payment of sin.
We are Saved because we look back in faith at the account being paid in full.
Every animal sacrificed to God pointed to the Lamb of God being sacrificed.
They and we were/are Saved by the same sacrifice.
Works of any kind were useless.
---Elder on 3/2/07

Cliff, Can't lose it. It is eternal, forever and paid in full.
It is all about the doctrine of Salvation and how deep it runs.
---Elder on 3/2/07

Adam and Eve walked and talked with God daily. they understood the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ. if they were not expelled from the garden and partook of the tree of knowledge, they would have known everything like their Father in Heaven. A christian is someone who follows the teachings of Jesus Christ. simple. they walked with him daily before He came to atone for our sins.
---Dave on 3/1/07

Elder; Adam and Eve Christian? Surely you jest! (I hope you're not "losing it")
---1st_cliff on 3/1/07

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Sorry Elder ... I have missed that in my reading of Genesis.
can you point to the passage?
---alanUKquent64534 on 3/1/07

The concepts of being a Christian are not even manifested until Christ begins his earthly ministry at about age 30. To even suggest that Adam and Eve or any one prior to the time of Christ's preaching ministry is a Christian is a total absurdity. Even the apostles really did not fully understand until Christ appeared to them after the resurrection and were not fully empowered until Pentecost.
---notlaw99 on 3/1/07

Alan, Adam & Eve were the first to accept God's remedy and sacrifice for sin. Though the term "Christian" didn't come out for years later they were the first.
The term Christian was a remark used because those believers in Antioch were so much like Christ.
They also got Saved through the power and promise of the Blood of Jesus. They looked forward (as in Future) to His Sacrifice.
---Elder on 2/28/07

For the record, Mary Magdalene was not a prostitute. Mary of Bethany, Martha's sister, is the prostitute in the gospels. She is the one who annointed Jesus with the flask of oil.
---Helen_5378 on 2/28/07

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"The first Christians were Adam and Eve"
---alanUKquent64534 on 2/28/07


You are right about Mary Magdalene. However the point I am trying to make is that Jesus called sinners. Remember the Prodigal Son: it says, in the New Testament, that he dissipated his money on prostitues.

Being a shephered in that part of the world, at that time of the world, was often synonymous with being a brigand. It's not taking historical common sense too far to understand that a fisherman, in those days, was uneducated. The Good Thief believed that Jesus was God.
---Ed on 2/28/07

The first Christians were Adam and Eve. They were the first to learn of Christ and be taught of Him.
Where does it say the shepherds were dishonest?
Where does it say Peter was uneducated?
Where does it say Mary M. was a prostitute?
The thief beside Christ was not a follower of Christ.
---Mercedes on 2/28/07

The disciples were formally called Christians first in Antioch. [Acts 11-26]--The Biblical meaning is "adherent of Christ."==Christians, Christ's Men. Its NT meaning is alone adequate for us.==Christianity, was first used by IgNATIUS. The word Christianity does not occur in the Bible.
---catherine on 2/28/07

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Paul, yes he was misled by the world and made unrighteous judgment against the followers of Christ. He changed from being a sinner and being blinded by his own "God believing" religion, to a man with a real knowledge of God and truth. He changed from sinner to saint and spent the rest of his life doing good and convincing others to also repent and come unto Christ. That's who/what a Christian was and is.
---Mercedes on 2/28/07

they were certainly not the priests of his time. they were jealous because he came to be THE PRIEST, THE KING.
---george on 2/28/07

Simon Peter and Andrew his brother were the first Christians, and after Jesus' resurrection and ascension, the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. Please read Matthew 4:18-20; Acts 11:26.
---Eloy on 2/28/07

Was just reminding myself, and others, of the great Love of God.
Also that the split between Catholics and Protestants should never have happened.
Where was the demonstration of the Love of God by some Catholic and Protestant leaders during after The Reformation?
Jesus chooses sinners. Even the apostles argued among themselves and made mistakes once they had been selected by Jesus. And yet Jesus Loved them greatly.

We are ultimately Christians, not Catholics or Protestants.
---Ed on 2/28/07

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Show me scripture where it says that Mary Magdalen was an ex-prostitute please. It isn't in there. Why do so many people keep passing on this misinformation.
---m.p.a. on 2/28/07

Could've been the Maji who followed the star to the stable where Jesus was born.
---NVBarbara on 2/28/07

The first Christians were Adam and Eve.
The first time someone was called Christian was at Antioch.
And guess what they were all saved the same way, through the Blood of Christ, then and now.
---Elder on 2/27/07

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