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The simple answer to this question is that the word "Christian" first originated during the days of the early church, in the city of Antioch, after Jesus ascended back into heaven. The word simply means Followers of Christ. To explain the origin of Christianity in a fuller sense would be to say that God had a plan before the world was created. The entirety of history is really "His Story" of how He made man with a plan to create a loving relationship between Himself and mankind. He called and used key people down through history, continually working His plan into fulfillment. He sovereignly chose Abraham to be the Father of the faith, promising him that if he would walk in faith that he would bless him, make him the father of many nations, and that through him all the nations of the earth would be blessed by a descendant who would be the Messiah and Saviour of the world. Through Abraham, God chose the nation of Israel to be His Bride, that they should show His glory to the world around them. The Old Testament records the stories of Abraham and his descendants, telling the failures and the triumphs of people down through the ages, who God had called into His plan. He always had a key moment in mind that He would send His own son to save mankind from their wretched state. And when the fullness of time had come, He sent His son Jesus Christ, with the specific purpose that Jesus would die for the sins of mankind, and bring them back into the loving relationship with His God. After Jesus had completed His task on earth, He lived, died, rose again and ascended back to His Father in heaven, the followers of Jesus started to spread the word of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God to the nations around. The followers of Christ became known as Christians.
The answer is simple. The origins of Christianity are Jesus Christ, who was sent to earth by his father in heaven, God. Those who believe this will have everlasting life and shall not perish.
I think that the answer is in the question. The name Christianity contains the element Christ. The word Christianity only came into being around 1300AD. The etymology of the word states: 'cristente', "Christians as a whole; state of being a Christian; the religion founded by Jesus," from Old French 'crestienté' "Christendom; spiritual authority; baptism" (Modern French 'chrétienté'), from Church Latin 'christianitatem' (nominative 'christianitas'), noun of state from 'christianus' (see Christian). Gradually respelled to conform with Latin. Christendom is the older word for it. Old English also had 'cristennes'. The word 'christianus' (from the Greek) came into existence as an insult and was spat rather than said, soon after the early church was formed, The early followers referred to the faith as 'The Way', after Jesus stated that He was the "Way, the truth and the light" [John 14:1]. The faith spread like wild-fire across the ancient world, mainly to the west, but had little effect on Islam, which was already well established from the roots of Ishmael [Genesis 21:14-19]. Ishmael, with his mother, were outcasts and founded that faith. Christ is then the founder and origin of Christianity and Ishmael is the flawed origin of islam. Christianity was founded by God incarnate, whereas Islam was founded by a man.
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