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What are the characteristics of a true believer ?
Bible and other sacred texts of other religions speak of believers. What in your view describes aptly a true believer. Are these some positive traits or some magical powers ? With utmost respect to all religions, it is just a question out of curiousity and for the sake of knowledge.
A true believer is someone who is true not only to himself but also to others. The one who shows up regularly in their church or temples, who speaks the truth and who is direct in conversation avoids gossip, and who is giving and thinks of others when in need. The one who is eager t o help and is always there for those in need. They don't ignore those in need.
In "all" religions the main characteristic must be "love." We must have love in our hearts for everyone. Christ has spoken in the Bible that the most important commandment was "to love one another." Yes, we must love those who do not like us, even hate us. God is love and love is God my friend.
Jesus said, " Ye believe in God". " Believe also in me". "For I came forth from the father". - I think Creflo Dollar explained an important point recently when he stated, where the scripture says, in the believer, tribulation worketh patience, etc.. that it means "tribulation causes us to employ patience". But it doesn't always cause us to become patient automatically. As you read this particular scripture with that idea; there are several words, or gifts, that we should employ as we encounter stress, and other pressures as believers. I hope more people than myself heard his message on this. we grew up with the idea it only makes us become patient as believers, etc. through the hardships. But rather it is a pro-active statement saying if you as a believer are put to the test, put these "gifts" to work in your life. and they will work (or produce fruit), for you.
Love is the inner and outward sign of a believer. Jesus said this would be how others would recognize his followers. He also said all the commandments are summed up into two: Love for God and love for others ... irrespective of their race, creed, sex and other differences. If anything is done without love it is simply religion (rules) and not relationship (love).
Love for God and love for others- so simple a way to know God. Only Jesus has such key to open the door to the kingdom of God. If only we worship God this way that is to embrace love and spread love, we can open the gates of kingdom. Thank you, dear.
A true believer is one who
1) Believes wholeheartedly that the God whom he worships is the only real God
2) The emotional content of his belief will be far in excess of his logical content
3) He will mostly refuse to see or accept any other religion/ God form/ philosophy
4) he will start condemning/ negating/ arguing/ fighting with persons not belonging to his own belief!!
you are talking about the human tendency. true belief walks out his faith, in many ways you will never be able to record them all. but the human side of man falls deeply into belief headfirst, yet true faith and love and believing is not contentious
Oscarlites, you are right but my friend, C V has given such a response in jest. I know that he wants to say just the opposite of what he has answered here. Also, you told a great truth that true faith, love and believing is not contentious. Thank you
A true believer is the one who follows the scriptures in the real sense, by his actions and not by words only. If people from the other scriptures meet him, they get a real picture of that belief. These days, true believers are quite to find. People often claim to be following a scripture but they mostly follow the part that best suits them, not the whole of it. Their deeds and actions are quite the opposite of that. So it is hard to judge a scripture by just looking at the believers of this age.
Myefforts, don't be despair at seeing the ways of the world for true believers never bother about that. Also, a believer is a believer as all sons and daughters are dear to parents despite their traits positive or negative,they want all happy.
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