Christian in Christendom or in Christianity

In the world there are many who are not religious and several who are religious but have nothing to do with Christendom or Christianity.

Christendom or Christianity are not the same thing as “Religion“. Religion covers many different types of worship, while Christendom and Christianity are only two of the many, where the second one is a more limited group than the first one.

About anything can be forming or being part of a religion. People can be religious about anything and it doesn’t have to be a ‘true religion’ at all. It can be a hobby or someone’s family or even the job of a person. Having a religion the person may out this by having some particular acts, like going to church or to a worship service of one or another religious or spiritual movement.

Some people just do not take much time to consider why and how they are religious, because they are brought up in a family with that religion. For example they belong to a Christian denomination where they have joined certain activities, like going to Sunday mass, all of their life.

Sunday morning comes and you do what you have always done, eat breakfast and get ready for Sunday school and church.

Often such custom critters are just happy with their daily habits and do not wonder much about them. They also prefer to keep to the most common or general attitudes and traditions.

Many people have created gods in their own image. Talking to a theist about the thousands of gods and goddesses worshipped by humans, Stephen Roberts, a strong Atheist said:

“I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”

Though a Christian should not have multiple gods, some Christians do and worship a “Holy Trinity“. A Christian gets that title from the person who is considered by them to be the “Christ“. This “Kristos” or Anointed one worshipped only One True God, the God of Israel, and asked his followers to worship only that God Who is One too.

When asked:

Do you believe in God or a universal spirit?

Americans’ beliefs were quite constant until about the end of the last century, when beliefs started to decline rapidly. Over the last seven decades, the U.S. research and polling organization Gallup Organization has found:

Year Percentage “Yes”
1947 94%
1953-4 99%
1978 94%
1994 96%
2007 92%
2011 91%
2014 89%
2018 80%

{Gallup Organization poll in 1994-DEC. Quoted in George Bishop, “What Americans really believe,” Free Inquiry, 1999-Summer, Pages 38 to 42.}

However, this question raises more questions than it answers. It is important to realize that Americans have many different concepts of “God or a universal spirit.”

bullet Many believe in a Trinity formed of a Father God, a god son Jesus Christ and a Holy Spirit god — three persons in one godhead — as taught by a lot of Christian faith groups, but not by all. The ones who believe in the Trinity or in a Duality belong to Christendom, whilst the many believers who reject the Trinity and worship only One Eternal Spirit God, the El Shaddai, Most Almighty Elohim or God of gods, are forming the group we call Christianity. Those non-trinitarians are often also called Unitarians.

But we also do find followers of the Christ (Jeshua / Jesus) who do not like to be called Christian and prefer to be called Jeshuaist [(indicating they are followers of Jeshua (Jesus Christ), the Messiah] or Messianics (but in that category we can also find the two main categories: trinitarians and non-trinitarians).

bullet Wiccans generally believe in two deities: one female and one male; a goddess and a god.
bullet Zoroastrians believe in one god, Ahura Mazda who created a caring, beneficent spirit Spenta Mainu and a destructive deceitful spirit Angra Mainyu. Mainyu being an aspect of the “Wise Lord” himself could be a similar second or third godhead in what they too could call a trinity and saying they are a monotheist religion, whilst trinitarians would consider them polytheists.

Real Christians or Jeshuaists believe in a single indivisible personal deity as taught by Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. Those real Christians step in the footsteps of the Jewish rebbe from Nazareth, Jeshua, the son of Joseph and Miriam (Maria) who by the Words of God is indicated to be the sent one from God, a son of man who is also the son of God who received authority from God to speak and act in His Name.

Generally can be said that in America around the turn of last century, only 3 out of 4 adults were believing in a god or God; for Europe one has to face even lower cyphers. In America we do find a lot more people considering Jesus as their god, where in Europe a lot more people follow the Words of the Bible and take Jehovah (Yehohwah/Yehowah) or Jahweh (Yahweh) as their God and Jesus (Jeshua) as the Son of God (like God declared him to be His son).

Many Christians expect Jesus Christ to return to earth in the near or even in the immediate future, and usher in an end of the world as we know it. This belief has been common since the founding of Christianity in the 1st century CE. As the second millennium CE came to a close, expectations of this belief was particularly high. An Associated Press survey in 1997 revealed that 24% of American adults expected to be still alive when Jesus returns. Many of these probably believe that they would be raptured (elevated from the earth to be with Jesus) and thus will never experience death.

Those who call themselves “religious” have a feeling and hope to come closer to the gods they worship. In many cases the religious person also wants to to distance himself or herself from this materialistic world. In lots of religions it is a matter of being stronger than the world around oneself, being able to to distant or dissociate from it and to come in higher spheres or to get a higher spiritual level. To come closer to God, or their god, people try all sorts of things. One common factor we can find in most religious groups is the matter of forming a relationship not only with the God or gods but also with the other living beings (human but also plants and animals). With most religions the factor “Love” and “Peace” are the common denominator.

In the many religious groups we may find a lot of similarities:

  • following a master teacher or leader
  • coming beyond the mundane
  • there being a form of spirituality
  • wanting to have closeness and a communication with the Higher Being or God or gods
  • to distance oneself from badness
  • to try to do good
  • practising ethical behaviour not only at home but everywhere
  • being an example for others to follow
  • preaching by example
  • alleviating oppression
  • respecting other creatures (plant, animal, man)
  • having certain practises or undertakings proving your connection with the religious group

It is wrong to think “Being religious is based on a belief in God.” A person can be very religious but not worshipping the One we consider to be God. For them it might be a god or a holy object (like a tree, moon or sun) but not being a creator god or the Divine Creator.
You can religiously do anything from watching the news to fishing or hunting or whatever you really like to do. But being a true follower of Christ, an actual Christian, who has had his heart broken by the Holy Spirit and has repented of his old life so he can live a new life in Christ … that is a whole other dimension of being a disciple and having a religious life like Jesus wanted it to see.

For a Christian to be religious naturally it is all about believing in God and to believe in Christ, God’s son. But for many Christians there is also a difference, because lots of Christians do worship a three-headed god and as such should be considered polytheists, certainly when we look at their three gods (God the Father, god the son and God the Holy Spirit) them having more differences with each other than several polytheists their gods would have with their main god. For example, by those trinitarian christians, God the Father is an all-knowing eternal God, whilst Jesus does not know everything and had a birth and death (though God the Father can not die).

For real Christians, adhering only One True God, the God of Israel, Who is the God of Abraham, Jacob, Isaac, Jesus and his disciples, their God is the One who calls us. Being called by God, real Christians accept the Words of that God Who declared Jesus to be His only begotten beloved son. Accepting that the son of man Jesus (Jeshua) is that sent one from God, real Christians want to follow and live according the teachings of that master teacher born in Bethlehem and raised in Nazareth. Real Christians are aware of Jesus being a Jew, and as such only worshipping the One God of Israel, and not himself (when he would be God – like trinitarians think).

Whilst we can find people who call themselves Christian in Christendom and worshipping human beings, they call saints, and finding them kneeling down in front of statues, real Christians should know that is blasphemous and such paganism is something not in accordance with the commandments of God.

John 4:24 (RNKJV)
24 Elohim is Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Luke 4:8 (RNKJV)
8 And Yahushua answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship יהוה thy Elohim, and him only shalt thou serve.

Deuteronomy 6:4-6 (RNKJV)
4 Hear, O Israel: יהוה is our Elohim, יהוה is one: 5 And thou shalt love יהוה thy Elohim with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:

Exodus 20:3-7 (RNKJV)
3 Thou shalt have no other elohim before me. 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I יהוה thy Elohim am a jealous Elohim, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. 7 Thou shalt not take the name of יהוה thy Elohim in vain; for יהוה will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

Deuteronomy 27:15 (RNKJV)
15 Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto יהוה, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, so be it.

Deuteronomy 29:17 (RNKJV)
17 And ye have seen their abominations, and their idols, wood and stone, silver and gold, which were among them:)

Real Christians have no other Elohim , i.e. no other gods before them than the Elohim Hashem Jehovah (YHWH). It is only Him that they worship. And the way of worship or their religious actions should be in accordance with the regulations laid out by Jehovah God Himself.

Even when following Jesus, real Christians do not make him into their god, but accept the same God as Jesus had (or has), the Only One God of Israel. Not having other gods before them, their religious life is build up by abstaining from pagan actions and rites. In their religious behaviour and surroundings there is no place for images in the form of anything in heaven above, be it God or Jesus and no pictures or statues to bow down to them or to worship them. Real Christians are those who with their religious activities do want to show their love for God and for His son. At all times they want to keep God His commandments, counting them as from the Most High and transcending any human dogma.

Christendom is full of human dogmas but in Christianity there is no place for such limiting or descriptive human teachings which most of the time go in against the Biblical teachings.

Jehovah God sent His son to live as we should live, to teach his disciples the way to know God and to be saved by belief in him who died at the stake and was raised out of the dead on the third day. After his resurrection, he appeared again, to show it was him again who is no ghost, like his heavenly Father is Ghost. All the time Jesus spoke in the Name of his heavenly Father and taught his followers how to behave, how to act and treat others, but also how to have a worthy religious life. He gave some examples of how we can pray (remember his most important example, which many call the Lord’s Prayer). But Jesus did not only ask to pray. For him the religiosity had to been seen, by an exemplary life but also, through the voluntarism of making known the Good News of the coming Kingdom of God.

Jesus gave the task to gather regularly and to go into the world telling others of the gospel and baptizing them in his name. The disciples of Christ Jesus did their part even when they were stoned, beaten, whipped or locked in prison and then most of them were killed while doing what Jesus had told them to do. Today we do not have to go so far, because we do not live in such times any more, but the preaching might even be more important then at those first century times, now us being closer to the end-times.

Christian life, distilled down and held up as Jesus’ last words to the gathered disciples, is simply “love one another.” It is that love what should bring us also to witness for Jehovah, like Jesus witnessed for Him. Today the most known people witnessing for Jehovah might be the Jehovah’s Witnesses, which should be respected for their good and necessary work. But there are many others who also witness for the same God and who do everything to have others come to see that Jesus is the way. They, like the Jehovah’s Witnesses all are partakers of the Body of Christ, belonging to Christianity, where the way of religiosity is of utmost importance, having to be in accordance with the Will of God.

Each individual has to act in the right way on the call of God and should look for a way to have a religious life which shall be in accordance with Jesus his teachings and with the Will of God. Every person wanting to call himself or herself “Christian” should work for it to become like Christ in as much we, as ordinary human beings, can do so. To be be successful at living the life of a Christian it will be very difficult to do this on your own strength and ability. Therefore we have to help each other to do so. Sticking together we shall be enabling each person in the group to become stronger in faith. At the same time coming together as Brothers and sisters in Christ regularly shall strengthen the feeling of being all partakers in the promise of Christ and  partakers of that one body, where everybody is prepared to teach and admonish one another.

(The word admonish comes from the Hebrew word “yacar.” Yacar means to chasten, discipline, instruct, or admonish. So as brothers and sisters in Christ, we are supposed to discipline each other and keep each other from ungodly conduct!) {Church/Denominations}

At the meetings all ‘congregants‘ can support each other and give life to the religious group by singing and bringing praise, expressing their gratitude toward Gods unfailing love and mercy. To express our religiosity we shall have to read and study the Bible regularly and meet other like-minded people to help each other to get more Biblical knowledge and to keep each-other on the right path. This can be done by forming meetings at private homes or in special build places, like churches or prayer or worship halls.

Reading and hearing God’s Word, praying about your walk with Him daily, seeking His will in every area of your life, praying for others to come to know Him as you do, and keeping your steps on this pathway until He calls you home. Asking His forgiveness for any slip of the tongue or of your way as you do walk by faith with Him in His counsel, and truly repenting of those sins as they dirty your feet on the way. That has to be part of your daily life and of your religion, which you sacrifice to God.

Like Jesus wanted to do the will of God instead of his own will, you too should try to do the Will of God. And to know that Will you shall have to look for it in the Bible and listen to your heart. This demands also putting your pride and your own self aside like Jesus did.

Never forget that it is God Who calls and God Who knows your heart. As a Christian wanting to be a religious person you shall have to listen to His Words and follow Him and all the sent ones, prophets of God, all the time keeping to God His commandments, which have to stand above all sorts of church rules and regulations.

A real Christian gives himself in the hands of Christ Jesus and in the Hands of his heavenly Father, trusting God. This action of trust requires more than just following the stated regulation. It means that we need to let go of our self, of our pride and grudge, to forgive. To love others, like we should love ourselves. As said in the previous article

Christianity is a love affair {Christianity what it is all about}

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Preceding

How do you keep an eye out for heretical teachings?

Trinitarians making their proof for existence of God look ridiculous #7

Trinitarians making their proof for existence of God look ridiculous #9

Those willing to tarnish

Christianity what it is all about

We are here to help you

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Additional reading

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  2. 2013 Lifestyle, religiously and spiritualy
  3. Sharing a common security and a common set of values
  4. Walls,colours, multiculturalism, money to flow, Carson, Trump and consorts
  5. At the closing hours of 2016 #2 Low but also highlights
  6. Religious Practices around the world
  7. Are people likely to turn less to a divine power for help when they have a big governement?
  8. Looking to the East and the West for Truth
  9. Reflect on how much idolizing happens
  10. Religion power and authority for mankind
  11. Ideas about Religiosity
  12. How do people want to grow and come closer to the Real God
  13. Experiencing God
  14. Religious people and painful absence of spring of living water
  15. A Living Faith #10: Our manner of Life #2
  16. It’s Time real lovers of God to Stand and Speak Out!
  17. At this time and age Christ has no body but yours
  18. Worthy partakers of the body of Christ
  19. Church sent into the world
  20. Place for a fifth and sixth house in Christendom
  21. Evangelisation, local preaching opposite overseas evangelism
  22. Who is a Jew?
  23. Jewish and Gentile Disciples
  24. Division, diversity, unity and connection
  25. The false prophets in the present world
  26. Blinded crying blue murder having being made afraid by a bugaboo
  27. Dave Norris and his writings on the Belgian Bible Students
  28. Jesus the “God-Man”: Really?
  29. When having taken a new direction in life, having become a Christian
  30. Brothers and sisters in Christ for you
  31. Christadelphian opposite Christian
  32. Jeshuaists, Messianic Jews, Messianics and Christians
  33. Being a follower of the true Jesus or as a Christadelphian being a Jeshuaist
  34. Who or What is a Jeshuaist
  35. Difference between Messianic Judaism, Jeshuaism, Christianity and Christendom
  36. A misunderstanding about Messianic Judaism
  37. Changes in the Remnant of Jewish Believers
  38. As brothers and sisters showing that you are followers of the real Jesus or being a Jeshuaist sharing responsibilities
  39. United helping to spread the Good News
  40. Bearing Witness
  41. Words as weapon to witness
  42. Witnessing for non-Jews
  43. Witnessing for Jews
  44. Constantine a brutal sociopath getting the believers in a God man on his side and creating a Christian church

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Further reading

  1. Religion
  2. The Stigma of Being Non Religious
  3. Atheist Delusions
  4. Thursday Talk: Paganism can be Non-Religious
  5. Non-Religious Pilgrimage in Jordan
  6. Insecurity: Soyinka warns Buhari govt over Obasanjo’s comments on Fulanisation, Islamisation agendas
  7. Day 755: Estonians and ReligionReligious experience: Ayer
  8. Holding on to Identity as a Minority Faith
  9. May Spirituality/Religious Author Interview Answer #4 “Have you felt called in some way to write a book on a given topic?”
  10. May Spirituality/Religious Author Interview Answer #5 “Did your faith helped you through the writing and publishing process?”
  11. Rethinking Religious Communities: 18 months later
  12. Seven Churches – Revelation Chapter 1:8 Commentary
  13. Think About It…
  14. Elements
  15. We Are Building A Religion
  16. Ur-Pagan Pantheism As An Alt-Right Alt-White Religion
  17. ‘Religion is too important to our heritage…to keep it out of our schools’-Bill Clinton
  18. Does my Christianity make my butt look too big?
  19. I Lost My Faith. I Began to Doubt. I Became a Disciple.
  20. On Certainty
  21. On Christian hatred towards Judaism
  22. Atheism and childish-emotional reactions toward the idea of God
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