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What is a Christian?

I was just wondering what was everyone else opinon because i have met many women who say thier christians but do not walk it out in thier life and are just the opposite so I was wondering what some of you christians thought. Love Ya Much


Asked by vmommy3 at 9:39 PM on Jul. 16, 2008 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Unfortunately over time, the word "Christian" has lost a great deal of its significance and is often used of someone who is religious or has high moral values instead of a true born again follower of Jesus Christ. Many people who don’t believe and trust in Jesus Christ consider themselves Christians simply because they go to church or they live in a "Christian" nation. But going to church, serving those less fortunate than you, or being a good person does not make you a Christian. As one evangelist once said, “Going to church doesn’t make one a Christian anymore than going to a garage makes one an automobile.” Being a member of a church, attending services regularly, and giving to the work of the church cannot make you a Christian.

    Answer by vbruno at 10:36 PM on Jul. 16, 2008

  • I believe a Christian is someone that believes in Jesus Christ as the Messiah and seeks to have a relationship with him.

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 9:43 PM on Jul. 16, 2008

  • Christians are people who believe that Jesus is their savior. Unfortunately, some of them do not always walk the walk that they talk! God created us to be human and even the holy rolling Christians are going to make mistakes sometimes. Only God is perfect. I'm sorry that it seems that some Christians are making a bad name for others. I am not perfect, but I will not judge anyone else for their mistakes either. Let he without sin cast the first stone! :)

    Answer by gabrielsmom619 at 9:44 PM on Jul. 16, 2008

  • I personally believe that anyone who follows Christ is a Christian. God loves us all, and that's why we're here on this earth. We were put here to learn and to grow as individuals, and then eventually make it back to live with our Father in Heaven once again. There is good and evil in this world, and we were put here to learn between the two. I believe so much more than this, but there isnt enough time or space to put everything down. So my fellow sisters in this world, we are all loved and we are all awesome. It doesnt matter what religion we belong to. God loves us all the same. He doesnt love any one of us more than the other...

    Answer by taracv at 9:52 PM on Jul. 16, 2008

  • Someone who puts their faith and trust in Jesus Christ for the fate of their eternal life.

    Scripture does give warnings about having a lukewarm faith but Christians are not exempt from ups and downs. Honestly I think people put higher expectations on Christians than they put on themselves or even what God expects of them. We should strive for perfection but we know as human beings we won't acheive it until we reach heaven. I tend to look at if the person is trying to walk the walk with their talk moreso than if they are actually acheiving it. If that makes sense? It's not a free pass to get off the path now and then but it is forgivable :)

    Answer by pwfaith at 9:54 PM on Jul. 16, 2008

  • A Christian is a person who follows Jesus' teachings and seeks a relationship with Him.They don't live their lives contrary to the word of God. A Christian believes that Jesus is God's only begotten Son, who died, was buried and rose on the 3rd day & that Jesus is the ONLY way to heaven.

    Answer by marlarrie at 9:56 PM on Jul. 16, 2008

  • Webster’s Dictionary defines a Christian as “a person professing belief in Jesus as the Christ or in the religion based on the teaching of Jesus.” While this is a good starting point in understanding what a Christian is, like many secular definitions, it falls somewhat short of really communicating the biblical truth of what it means to be a Christian.

    Answer by vbruno at 10:35 PM on Jul. 16, 2008

  • The word Christian is used three times in New Testament (Acts 11:26; Acts 26:28; 1 Peter 4:16). Followers of Jesus Christ were first called “Christians” in Antioch (Acts 11:26) because their behavior, activity, and speech were like Christ. It was originally used by the unsaved people of Antioch as a kind of contemptuous nickname used to make fun of the Christians. It literally means, “belonging to the party of Christ” or an “adherent or follower of Christ,” which is very similar to the way Webster’s Dictionary defines it.

    Answer by vbruno at 10:35 PM on Jul. 16, 2008

  • The Bible teaches us that the good works we do cannot make us acceptable to God. Titus 3:5 tells us that it is “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.” So, a Christian is someone who has been born-again by God (John 3:3; John 3:7; 1 Peter 1:23) and has put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:8 tells us that it is “by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.” A true Christian is someone who has repented of his or her sin and put faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone. Their trust is not in following a religion or a set of moral codes, or a list of do’s and don’ts.

    Answer by vbruno at 10:39 PM on Jul. 16, 2008

  • A true Christian is a person who has put his or her faith and trust in the person of Jesus Christ and fact that He died on the cross as payment for sins and rose again on the third day to obtain victory over death and to give eternal life to all who believe in Him. John 1:12 tells us: “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” A true Christian is indeed a child of God, a part of God’s true family, and one who has been given new life in Christ. The mark of a true Christian is love for others and obedience to God’s Word (1 John 2:4; 1 John 2:10).

    Answer by vbruno at 10:40 PM on Jul. 16, 2008