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To prove the fellowship of the believers a common practice was introduced that continues until this day.
Acts 2:42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
The epithet Christian was first used in Antioch.
Acts 11:26 and when he found him (Saul), he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called 'Christians' first at Antioch.
We shall take a few examples to understand difference in Jesus and Church approach to sinful acts. In this example, we take A for the man, M for other men or society and G for God of Jesus and g for god of Church. As per Jesus if M trouble A, and as a reaction if A also trouble M then G will punish both A and M for their bad mutual behavior. If M treat A good but A treat M bad then G will reward M for its good work and punish A for its bad behavior towards M. If A treat M good and M treat A good then both will be rewarded by G. In this example however if we see how 'God of Church', 'g', will behave with A and M we see that whatever way A and M work with each other 'g' will always reward both, provided they appeal to Church for forgiveness for any of their wrong deeds. Here Church takes the responsibility to give them pardon from 'g' by using its good offices with 'g'! This promise of Church is not authentic since Jesus has called all priesthood as hypocrisy. Therefore, we should not trust this promise of church. God of Jesus does not pardon ad hoc, God is selective in his pardon. That means, if we want God to reward us we have to be righteous in our behavior all our life and we need not bother to approach Church for that. Opposing evil deed and the doer amounts to righteousness and so Jesus expects his followers to do that and keep wrong people in check wherever it is possible. Jesus has said in one verse in Mathew's gospel that the one who will do it will be rewarded by Father in Heaven. In Church method, they try to frighten faithful by introducing fear for God and tell them that if they do such and such a thing, god will punish and through this chiding Church expects to force them to be righteous with others or Church. Whereas Jesus expects that followers be good by their own conscience and not due to fear in them for God. Jesus says God is not to be afraid of, but to support like that of mother.
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