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Acts 6:3 Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them.
Acts 6:4 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”
Acts 6:5 This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism.
Acts 6:6 They presented these men to the apostles (Peter), who prayed and laid their hands on them.
Acts 6:7 So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.
Until then Jesus was only a sect and part of Jew religion. People mentioned it as a sect within the Judaism.
Acts 28:22 But we want to hear what your views are, for we know that people everywhere are talking against this sect.”
It was not a new religion but as the resistance from Elders of Synagogue, Rabbis, grew and became unbearable; the leaders of this group, Peter and others, decided to form a Church (temple) separate from synagogue. Both words synagogue and temple were already in use with Jew and so probably to differentiate from that a new epithet, kuriakon (Greek term for house of God) that later on become Church; was used to mention there worship house. It began in Jerusalem. Roman Church joined the group under leadership of Paul. This is the stage where a brand new religion was born as it had very different fundamentals from previous religion namely Judaism. Other measure Churches, Eastern Orthodox and Syrian Catholic emerged almost simultaneously. Circumcision was sign of being a Jew and so that custom was specially avoided as being unnecessary. To make it look different from Judaism they refused idolatry of Jews and of Roman religion. They also refuse to accept the mythological figure of Lilith due to whom; this custom of circumcision had developed in Jews. However, the Church continued the mass prayer method of Jews since it was beneficial to Church business. This selective differentiating shows the callousness of Church administration adequately.
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