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What is a Christian?

What exactly is a Christian? I saw someone posted asking what a Pagan was, and it occured to me there are probably also many different definitions of what a Christian actually is (or is assumed to be). And since a couple of Christians jumped on that post with rudeness and opinions as opposed to actual answers, I'm gonna go ahead and say anyone can answer this one. But I'm actually curious to see what most people consider "Christian" to mean.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 7:32 AM on Aug. 16, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • A true Christian is one who has a open, loving relationship with our Lord and Savior. A true Christian is truly converted, lives a life in obedience to Christ, in loving service to others, dies daily to selfishness, keeps a clear line of communication with God,and does his/her best to carry out the great commission. A true Christian is a disciple,a brave soldier, and a student at the feet of Jesus. A true Christian falls into sin, but does not wallow in it. A true Christian looks to Jesus' loving example of righteousness. A true Christian loves others.
    Lexylex

    Answer by Lexylex at 7:54 AM on Aug. 16, 2009

  • From dictionary.com: –noun *a person who believes in Jesus Christ; adherent of Christianity.
    *a person who exemplifies in his or her life the teachings of Christ: He died like a true Christian.

    That is the definition I follow and believe in. It's so stupid how some people feel like they need to go out of their way to say other denominations are not Christian. There are so many denominations and none of them are 100% the same.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:23 AM on Aug. 16, 2009

  • Bloodbought ~ What exactly does your definition of a Pagan have to do with the definition of a Christian? Are you a little confused??

    OP- This is from my "Basic Beliefs of a Christian" Post in my Religious Tollerance Group. So I hope it answers your question...

    They are presented here as the core doctrines of Christianity. A small number of faith groups who consider themselves to be within the framework of Christianity, do not accept some of these beliefs. It should also be understood that slight variances, exceptions, and additions to these doctrines can exist within certain faith groups that fall under the broad umbrella of Christianity.

    There is only one God
    God is omniscient or "knows all things"
    God is omnipotent or "all powerful"
    God is omnipresent or "present everywhere"
    God is sovereign
    God is holy
    God is just or "righteous"
    God is love
    God is true
    God is spirit
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 9:53 AM on Aug. 16, 2009

  • God is the creator of everything that exists
    God is infinite and eternal. He has always been God
    God is immutable. He does not change
    The Holy Spirit is God
    Jesus Christ is God
    Jesus became a man
    Jesus was sinless
    Jesus is the only way to God the Father
    Man was created by God in the image of God
    All people have sinned
    Death came into the world through Adam's sin
    Sin separates us from God
    Jesus died for the sins of each and every person in the world
    Jesus' death was a substitutionary sacrifice. He died and paid the price for our sins, so that we might live.
    Jesus resurrected from the dead in physical form
    Salvation is a free gift of God
    The Bible is the "inspired" or "God-breathed," Word of God
    Those who accept Jesus Christ, after they die, will live for eternity with Him
    Jesus will return to the earth
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 9:54 AM on Aug. 16, 2009

  • Christians will be raised from the dead when Jesus returns
    There will be a final judgment
    Satan will be thrown into the lake of fire
    God will create a new heaven and a new earth

    While these are the CORE beliefs of MOST Christian Religions there are of course many that alter from path to path... But generally speaking this is it. Any REAL Christian is not judgemental, but rather peaceful and loving to all. They are generally good people when they actually are following the teachings of Jesus. Please do not look at "Christians" from CafeMom and judge the lot. They are not all evil, condemning and "holyer than thou"... Most are actually good people!
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 9:58 AM on Aug. 16, 2009

  • a Christian is someone who believes Christ is their savior & tries to live their life like Him. if they do that i consider them Christians, unless of course they dont think of themselves as one.

    everything else is a waste of time to argue about. we are all sinners & we have all failed. no one knows everything & they never will. its not my place to say someone isnt a "true" Christian, though their actions may not be Christ-like.
    okmanders

    Answer by okmanders at 11:59 AM on Aug. 16, 2009

  • The term christain can mean different things, from those who attend a church of traditional christan beliefs to those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and savior and follow His teachings. It means Christ follower or "little Christ".


     If you read my posts I often use christian(lower case c) to mean the more general term and Christian to mean those who have accepted Christ. 

    teamquinn

    Answer by teamquinn at 5:02 PM on Aug. 16, 2009

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