In What Ways can Jesus Be Considered the Founder of Christianity

The origins of Christianity were fraught with much controversy, and its development into the organized religion and group of religious systems that we now call Christianity cannot be said to have been a smooth and linear one. This paper then explores the above question along three axes: Jesus as the founder of Christianity. Jesus as the originator of a Jewish Messianic sect that “posthumously” became Christianity and the apostles as the founder of a Jewish sect that became Christianity through the interpretations and Christology of Paul.
According to The Columbia Encyclopaedia, the main teachings of Christianity are that “Jesus is the Son of God. … that his life on earth, his crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension into heaven are proof of God’s love for humanity and God’s forgiveness of human sins. and that by faith in Jesus one may attain salvation and eternal life”. It is indisputable that Christianity centers on the life, death, resurrection, and teachings of Jesus, without whom the religion wouldn’t exist. He is the pre-eminent source, and the great ‘rabbi’, whose words and the Midrash thereof form the New Testament scriptures.
It is Jesus who gives the basis for the religion’s creation in the forty days between His resurrection and ascension: “After his suffering … he appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. … He said to them … ‘you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’” Although Christianity begins in earnest after Jesus’ ascension, he lays the foundations for it to be carried out in the above quote and in the Great Commission: “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.&nbsp.