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.

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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.

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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.

Are you?

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Conclusion

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.

After all
:

“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.’

Matthew 7:21-23

© 2014 Greg Boudonck

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Lastheart 2 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

God knows who we are and the intentions of our heart. You went to sleep late I pray that your effort be planted on good soil and may they flourish honoring our Creator, Lord, and Savior!


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Froggy213 2 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

Yes,He does. He also has put in place consequences for our actions, both good and bad. Thank you for your response honey.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

If they walk the talk then I call them a true Christian. Actions are so powerful and say so much. :) Interesting thoughts this Saturday morning my friend. Have a great weekend.


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Froggy213 2 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

Yes, you are correct Bill; anyone can talk the talk, but walking the walk is the true sign.

You also have a enjoyable weekend Bill.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Froggy, on the same note my latest article is "How the Christian Walk Compares with the Talk." Individuals have to search their own hearts to answer your question. Thank you for posing it.


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Froggy213 2 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

Yes, you are correct MsDora. It is essentially between each of us and God. Thank you for reading and commenting. May God bless you.


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Ann1Az2 2 years ago from Orange, Texas

Antioch I believe was the first place that people were called Christians. Paul mentions it. And these were the un-watered down versions. People who gave their lives for Jesus. There's a woman by the name of Ellen G. White who says what really establishes faith is persecution. I think she's right. When the rubber meets the road, if you are a true Christian, you will stand up for Jesus and profess your faith. In America, we are spoiled because so far we have been allowed freedom of religion. In other countries, they are not so fortunate. Christians are persecuted every day and some die because of it.

Bottom line: Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. (John 15:13) Jesus gave us that ultimate gift. It is up to each of us to decide whether to accept it or not.

The dictionary is woefully lacking in the true definition of being a Christian. You helped develop it. Well done.


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Froggy213 2 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

Thank you for you insights. May God provide for you and yours. I pray that people awaken to God and His powerful love and justice.


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Ann1Az2 2 years ago from Orange, Texas

Me, too, my friend, me too, before it's too late. Jesus is coming soon - all the current events point to it. There's just a little left that needs to take place and that will be it. For one thing, the Gospel still needs to go to all parts of the world - there are some who still haven't heard it. But most of the prophecies of the Bible have already taken place - we're in the last part of it, now. We need to be ready!


Hxprof 23 months ago from Clearwater, Florida

Froggy, you've asked an important question in this article. I want to go on record with just a few points: 1) At salvation we are babes, still stuck in what Paul calls our "fomer manner of life" 2) Obediance from the heart to all that Christ taught is the goal of a Christian's life. How is that accomplished? It's a process through which we are led by Christ. As He leads us (in day to day circumstance) He shows us our hearts as they really are (see Is. 17:9-10), and leads us to repentance of the issues of heart that without His help we wouldn't see. It's what He did with the original disciples. 3) By active cooperation in this process, we reach a point of abiding in Christ, "the fullness of Christ", what James refers to as "perfect, complete, lacking nothing".

Best to you my friend.


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Froggy213 23 months ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

Thank you so much for those insights Hxprof. I appreciate your willingness to explain this situation in a deeper form.

We all will one day have to answer. It is not my place to judge one if they are a Christian, it is between each and God alone.

God bless you

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