When Did Christianity Start?

This is a bit of of a different post from me, but something I want to share with my readers.

In my interaction with friends from various faiths, a question arises about which religion is the oldest. Some view Christianity as a young faith compared to other religions such as Buddhism or Hinduism. If a person only looks at Christianity as starting about 2,000 years ago when Jesus was on earth and with his death and resurrection, then yes Christianity is a young religion.

However, a faith centers around the person who the faith is based on. When we consider that Jesus is eternal, the eternal Son of God, who had no beginning, who created the heavens and the earth, then Christianity in that sense predates all other faiths. Because Jesus is the Word who became flesh and all things were created by him and through him according to John 1, then he existed before anything in creation including the universe.

Even if we only trace Christianity back to the roots of the earliest teachings pointing to Jesus expressed to human beings, we go back to immediately after Adam and Eve sinned, They tried to hide from God, but God came to them. God spoke of the consequences of sin to both Adam and Eve but to the serpent, Satan, he spoke a prophetic word pointing to Jesus.

God said, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”

As soon as sin and judgement entered the world God began to reveal his plan. Throughout the Old Testament, God progressively revealed more of the plan and each revelation pointed to Jesus as the concept of “seed” is developed such as God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis 22 “and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”

Whether we date the start of Christianity as in eternity past, in other words no beginning, because Jesus is eternal and had no beginning, or we date Christianity as starting with the earliest teachings pointing to Jesus, which was immediately after the fall, Christianity is the oldest faith in existence.

The reason this is significant to me is that some seek to discredit Christianity claiming other religions are older. We as Christians can be confident that not only is Jesus the way, the truth, and the life, but we can also be confident that the roots of our faith go much much further back than any religion. Our faith predates all other faiths

I wanted to put my thoughts in writing for my followers to help you appreciate how deep and full of truth our faith is. There is no reason for Christians to feel our faith can be discredited based on claims it is a young religion.

We can go forward with all confidence that the person we worship and follow is the eternal Son of God who created all of the universe. No other faith can make that claim.

27 thoughts on “When Did Christianity Start?

  1. Amén brother well said. Without Our God, there is no beginning. He is the Alpha a the Omega. One of my pastors used to always say that we as Christians need to know why we believe what we believe and be able to explain our faith.
    Great post. Blessings to you

    1. It is interesting people think that Christianity is a white man’s religion. Jesus was not white when he was on earth. He was a Mediterranean Jew. He would have had olive skin. Also Christianity is strong in many places in Africa, South America, and South Korea.

      1. I believe it is due to the fact the missionaries from the West introduced Christianity to people in other regions of the world. I have had some interesting conversation with African Americans who are Muslims.

      2. Yes. I also think that many of the films have a white actor portraying Jesus. It is unfortunate there is that perception because Jesus was not white when he lived on earth.

      3. Yes I think you’re correct. Also the slave owners were white so many say Christianity was forced upon blacks because of this. I hear this argument all the time.

  2. The age of a religion does not determine its truth or relevance. They are also claiming that the sumerian texts contain stories of creation similar to the Bible so the bible was copied from it because those texts were older. It is unfortunate that people equate old with truth. But, as you said Jesus clarified everything when He told us that He is the way, the truth and life. Also, we cannot forget that the serpent spread deception from the Garden of Eden when He introduced Eve to the knowledge of good and evil – deception of the truth.

  3. I agree christianity is older than 2000 years. Christianity is about “Faith and Righteousness.” We are told in the Book of Hebrews Chapter 11 both Abel and Abraham on listed on God’s honor roll of FAITH. Abel is Adam’s son!

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