Original Christianity dot Net is a is a website about original Christianity, the Christianity practiced by the first century church.Â Containing a blog,Â discussion forum, articles and other resources OriginalChristianity.net provides an opportunity to look at the origins of Christianity from a believer’ s perspective thousands of years after it began.Â
In those thousands of years there have been numerous councils, creeds, movements, authors, and other influences that have shaped Christianity into what it is today.Â Some are satisfied with their church andÂ their understanding of the faith.Â But for many the innumerable influences have complicated Christianity with opposing doctrines and countless divisions in the church.Â These brave souls wrestle with what Christianity is.Â Like so many of the great people who have shaped the faith, from Augustine to Luther to Barth, these people question, probe, explore and pray for better and deeper understanding of what it means to follow Christ.
A common theme for many believers and churches is to get back to “original christianity,” or to be a “first century” church.Â Some call this being a biblically based church, or a New Testament church.Â This theme of getting back to the original, of restoring the first century faith to believers now is the aim of this site.Â
A Note about the Conventions
Scriptures, unless noted otherwise, come from the ASV version. I use the ASV because it is a good version, and it is out of copyright. However, numerous references are made with other versions where the clarity of the meaning of the text is more obvious.
I include numerous footnotes. Some people are turned off by this. If you are one of them I ask your indulgence. In my opinion, too many statements in religious writings are made where it isn’t obvious where the reasoning came from. As a student almost all of my reasonings and conclusions are based on work done by others. It is important to give them credit, and to give the reader the chance to view the source material for verification and further study.