The word Christian is used so casually anymore. I often wonder if people really understand what it means to be a true Christian. Is it just all about religion, or is there a deeper meaning? I am curious to hear your thoughts.
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So, in your definition, you do not have to be a good person to be a Christian? That's interesting. I have never heard anybody say something like that before.
Being a Christian is basically irrelevant to whether you define yourself as a good person or not. Everyone sins. No one is perfect. God understands that, and that's why he gave us Jesus. He makes us perfect.
But, nobody is perfect does not mean that you can still sin and look for Jesus to save you. That's absurd. God sent Jesus only to show you the way and not for uplifting all sinners to His abode. One should be honest and true to his conscience.
Being a Christian isn't an excuse to sin. That's not it at all. It's about realizing that you have to rely on Jesus in order to be clean in God's eyes. However, choosing God over sin does not mean you won't ever sin again. That's not realistic.
Amen Autumn! Believers blv that they have to "do" (law) when He's "done it all" on Calvary (Grace)! When Holy Spirit does it, it's done vs when we do it! Rely on the Holy Spirit (not self) who "leads & guides you into ALL truth!"
It's putting in a nutshell, but very funny answer. Christian is not simply getting christened. He should be a believer and practitioner of all good values of Christianity.
Very interesting information. I would be careful, though, posting the part that is from an unpublished hub as once you publish that hub, you could have a problem with duplicate content!
Thanks TIMETRAVELER for helping me to know more how the HP work. My close friend and mentor isn't on tis earth anymore, and my growth in understanding the mechanism in publishing has come to halt ...Still I do not know when I would be ready for Hub
MM: Term used by unbelieving Gentiles @ Antioch to describe apostles (Christ followers)! I Pet 4:16 Why "ashamed" if not a derogatory phrase?
Acts 26:28 "Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?" Derogatory!
Thank you Michael I enjoyed your writing on the topic.
Rich Kelly, sincere thanks for noticing the battle as well for moral/spiritual support. If possible join me in prayerfull support, the Truth wants to bee revealed, the Spirit is working where the Word Of Truth is sown. This Kingdom business not min
Under the same anointing, under the same..." CHRISTOS" the ANOINTED- One; "CHRISTIANOS" - ANOINTED- Ian's ,Acts 11:26, because of the identical deeds of anointing, the same deeds of the kingdom as of Jesus, followers, -"Christians" - known by deeds.
Still "initially" used by unbelievers! Some call gospel of Christ followers "JESUS freaks" today, yet still "under the same anointing" and followers of JESUS!
Why would "Let him not be ashamed" be in verse?
'Anointing" is too Sacred to me as it was to my Christ - the Anointed One- and I would refuse to continue throwing out a precious pearl.
MM: I'm not "throwing out a precious pearl!" I'm telling u "unbelievers" (as an Atheist speaks of us) "first called the apostles Christians @ Antioch" as we are called "Fundies" among other things, today! Derogatory!
Norin Williams, notice please I was not calling your name. My remark means I am not willing to continue discussion going unnecessary distance....(Not 'apostles'- the disciples- original "MATHETAS''.)
MM: Disciples=followers/learning; Apostles=Holy Spirit ready-sent out to teach! I Peter 3:16 "...whereas "they" (unbelievers) speak evil of you, as of evildoers..." Derogatory! The "world" does this & if it hasn't happened to u????
NW the question is simply to "define 'Christian'. The first time"biblically'' interpreted , Acts 11:2. "CHRISTINOS" Unsuccessfully translated English "christians" means traditionally anything, everything man's produced membership, rarely 'anointing'.
We know how "we" define the word Christian but was not original intent which was "derogatory!"
Again, if not Acts 2:42 not Christian, Apostle, nor Disciple of Christ! Consequently, Gal 1:6-9!
NW if anyone speaks evil of me because of supernatural deeds of anointing or for any other reason, I d o. n o t. care . I know myself, God knows me the best . My is to know the will of the Father and to do according to His word.
MM: Do we not live under the New Covenant? R laws being written in hearts & minds (Jer 31:33;Heb 8:10;10:16)? Did He not send HS (Jn 14:26;16:13)? Did HS come (Acts 2:2) & write laws..? Afterwards, did they not baptz n Jesus' Name? Do u?
TIMETRAVELER 2. Did not asked any of these...
I Peter 3:15! I asked you! According to Scripture "...tell the hope that's in you..." [paraphrasing]
Answering you 1 Pe3:15, "I" Michael am ready to answer to everyone my personal hope in the Anointed One- Christ ; making sense of the context here, nothing to the with the TIMETRAVELER's 2 question . Your word be the last one. Thank you and God ble
But doesn't "make sense" according to Scripture (I Pet 3:15). "Christian?" What? Do the will of your Father? Is not I Pet 3:15 the "will of your Father?"
II John 1:10-11
NW, you said "doesn't make sense"... 2. J. 1:- is A personal letter to the ELECT LADY...Not related to above question... Where this go?Are you trying to tell me that there is a scripture " went away and hung himself." As well " go and do likewise." .
MM: But II Tim 3:16 re: II J.1"-10-11 which is "the will of the Father!"
Precisely a "Christian's" response (as they use the term today)!
Norine Williams, Precisely!
MM: U mean ur def of Christian allows one to tell one to "go hang himself?" That is the world's "true" def of Christian! Precisely!
We know them by their "fruit!"
The will of "your" father? Jn 8:44!
NW, No, I dont.
I dislike jumping throughout different texts when a question has been answered.
mm: U thk discussing the actions of "Christians" on the Day of Pentecost changed subject? Only their actions displays "TRUE CHRISTIANS" as God intended! Is this why u don't want to discuss? Acts 1 & 2 (& Books thereafter) defines "Christian
Norine Williams, it's not a matter what " I " think , it's about what I say: In similar situation to this, discussions are not profitable, and my time is very important making of it effective use. Only if you are happy with yourself, have a last word
mm: It certainly "is not" about what "you think," but what the Word says about a "Christian!" But who cares?
Time valuable? (I Pet 3:15)
Go ahead "Christian!" We will no them by their fruit!