The English words, Church and Christian, were not invented until the invention of the English language in the eleven and twelve hundreds C.E. The Catholic religion did not fully take shape until the early four hundreds C.E. though Eusebius, Jerome and Constantine set the stage for this new religion in the three hundreds C.E.
Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History declares, “By this means, moreover, the real antiquity and divine character of (Ek-klei-si-a-sti-keis) will be equally demonstrated to those who suppose that it is recent and foreign, appearing no earlier than YESTERDAY.” Any notion that Eusebius is speaking of recent events as those of time in general, overlook his words, “no earlier than yesterday.” This statement indicates that people in the mid to late three hundreds C.E. were arguing that this, not yet named religion, was something new, not old. Notice that the word, Church, is NOT used here as it did not yet exist. Eusebius also said, “But even if we ARE CLEARLY NEW, and this really fresh name of (Khris-ti-a-ni-on) is RECENTLY known among all nations . . .” showing us, that not only was Catholicism a new religion, but the word, (Khris-ti-a-ni-on) was not used until the mid to late three hundreds C.E. Eusebius then attempted to create a history starting with Adam, stopping with Abraham, and then jumping to the Cross. He clearly wanted to show that this new religion aligned itself with the Biblical characters predating the Law of God such that had no need to follow Jewish Law saying, “If the line be traced back from Abraham to the first man, anyone who should describe those who have obtained a good testimony for righteousness, as in fact, if not name, would not shoot wide of the truth.” In other words, it is a lie, but not a big one.
This newly formed religion invented a history to establish themselves as the true religion of god. Christianity is a spin-off of Catholicism and unwittingly upholds the lies told by Eusebius to this day. One more point worthy of note here is that Eusebius, who is called the first Church historian, never spoke about the Church starting on the day of Pentecost or of Peter being the first Pope.
So the followers of (Y’-shu-a) [Jesus], His (Tal-mu-dim) [disciples] and their followers were not first called Christians at Antioch [Acts 11:26], and no one in the first century ever suffered as a Christian [Peter 4:16]. The (Tal-mu-dim) never used these words; translators did.
The English word, Christian, is derived from the Greek word, (Khri-sti-a-nos). This Greek word comes from the root, (Khri-stei) which means anointed. Greek translators used this word in place of the Hebrew word, (Ma-shi-akh).
The Greeks did not have the concept of a (Ma-shi-akh) [Messiah] in their culture. So instead of transliterating the Hebrew word , into Greek as (Mes-sias), which was done a couple of times, the Greek translators mostly used the word, (Khri-sti-a-nos), which means anointed, so that their readers would have some idea what the (Ma-shi-akh) was.
In short, those who followed the teachings of the (Tal-mu-dim) [disciples] in the first century were not called Christians or for that matter, Khri-sti-a-nos, they were actually called, (M’-shi-khi) [mas/sng], (M’-shi-khi-yim) [mas/plur] or (M’-shi-a-khit) [fem/plur]. In English these Hebrew words simply mean, followers of Messiah.
When King James approved a new translation of the Christian Bible (first published in 1611 C.E.), he commanded the translators to change every occurrence of the Greek word (ek-klei-si-a) [congregation], to the English word, Church. Additionally, the translators often changed the word, (Su-na-go-gein) [Synagogue] to assembly. So instead of Hebrews chapter ten, verse twenty-five saying, “Do not forsake the foundation of the Synagogue,” it said, “Not forsaking the assembling together of the saints.”
Much Luv and Shalom,