Am I Really A Christian? Are You?
The definition of a Christian in Merriam/Webster's Dictionary is:
1 a: one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus: a member of one of the Churches of Christ separating from the Disciples of Christ in 1906 b: a member of the Christian denomination having part in the union of the United Church of Christ concluded in 1961
This was the noun definition; the adjective is:
: of or relating to Jesus Christ or the religion based on his teachings
: of, relating to, or being Christians
: treating other people in a kind and generous way
So am I a Christian?
Are you a Christian?
Why don't we take a closer look at this question.... We will break this down and at the end of this hub,I will explain my personal opinion.
One who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus
For me, this is a very simple question, of course I believe in Jesus' teachings.
But if that was what it takes to be a Christian, the devil could call himself a Christian too.
This definition leaves a wide open door to the term Christian.
So are you a Christian by this definition?
A member of one of the Churches of Christ separating from the Disciples of Christ in 1906: a member of the Christian denomination having part in the union of t
By this definition, I am not a Christian.
I have never been a member of the Church of Christ.
Are you affiliated with the Church of Christ?
So on the noun side of things, I am 1 and 1 on whether I am a Christian or not.
The first use of the term Christian was used in 1526 long after Christ ascended into Heaven.
Of or relating to Jesus Christ or the religion based on his teachings
The adjective form here is again, wide open to those who fit in.
Relating to Jesus....that can be anyone or anything, because all of humanity and the universe is in relation to Jesus Christ.
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Of, relating to, or being Christians
I fit in with this adjective. I call myself a Christian, so I must be one.
Most of you reading this will probably fit in as Christian with this one too.
Treating other people in a kind and generous way
Now we are hitting a much tougher definition.
I have a confession.
I don't always follow this. I am not always kind and generous. Oh sure, sometimes I am, but sometimes I am mean and greedy. Sometimes I "want what I want when I want it."
Does that mean I am not a Christian?
So are you a Christian by this definition?
C'mon, be honest. Its just between you and God.
Are We Christians?
Merriam/Webster's Dictionary seems to be quite ambiguous in their definitions, all except the last one anyway.
I believe that a true Christian is one who not only believes in the complete teachings of Jesus, but also follows them, and is always striving to live as Jesus lived. This knocks many out who are claiming they are Christians.
I would like to think I am, but in all actuality, with my definition of Christian, I really don't know if I can live up to that honor.
Would I wash a bunch of dirty feet?
Would I have faith if in a boat in the middle of the ocean and a serious hurricane hit?
Would I allow myself to be tortured and hung on a Cross? Would I?
The word Christian has been watered down from what the truth is.
Much like what many preachers, teachers and churches are also doing...watering it all down.
No, in this man's opinion, there are very few true Christians.
This hub was meant to give people a bit more knowledge as to what the term Christian means. What the world teaches is not in line to what God teaches.
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’
© 2014 Greg Boudonck
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