Re: Christian

From: Jim West (jwest@Highland.Net)
Date: Sun May 23 1999 - 16:02:04 EDT

At 02:49 PM 5/23/99 -0500, you wrote:
>Denny Diehl here with a question:
> "the disciples were first called Christians
> in Antioch" -Ac 11:26
>What is a good definition of "Christian"? I've heard
>Christ-like. But in the case of those who were called
>"Herodians", that would not mean Herod-like, would it?

In fact the term was intentionally derisive- an insult- as it is a
diminutive of "christos". Specifically speaking, it means "little Christ"-
and was intended by its coiners to make fun of the followers of Jesus who
were "little Christ's" all around Antioch.

Later it was adopted by the followers of Christ as a term of honor. After
all, it is really quite something to be called a miniature Christ. Who
really is? (besides Mother Theresa).



Jim West, ThD
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