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Why Are We Called Christian

Why do we call ourselves "Christians"? Is it accurate to do so even though there is no mention of the word in the Bible? Would "Messianic Jews" or "Completed Jews" be more accurate? Jesus wasn't a Christian. Nor did he ever use the word. Hmmmmm...

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Jesus was called the Christ which means the annointed one of God. We are also called christians because we have the annointing that Jesus had on our lives. The term christian was coined by nonchristians after Jesus death to describe the followers of the Christ. They were viewed as being "weird" because they served and worshiped only one God unlike the people of that day and time. Joy9988
---joy9988 on 1/4/08


You're right. I received the same revelation. Christian is a man given term It says in the New Testament, And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. Actually The New Testament is just a continuation of Judaism. I was raised a Rabbinical Jew, and my family cut me off because of my embracing Yahshua (Jesus) the Jewish Messiah. Now you are Jewish. The New Testament says so.
---Stanton on 1/3/08


J_nonymous a good study tool are online bible search websites. They allow you to search for one word in the entire Bible. It's what I used to find the scriptures for "Christian". Don't take offense to what I said. I encourage people to not assume something is not in the Bible before studying it up themselves. You don't want to be caught saying something is not in the Bible when it is(it's happened to me and it's embarrasing). Studying in the future will prevent that from happening.
---Matthew_from_LA on 12/7/07


J_Nonymous:The sign of the cross is the sign of the christian.People who openly declared themselves as Christians, were Fed to the Lions in the Amphitheaters of Pagan Rome.Following the conversion of Rome it became known that the followers of Jesus Christ called themselves CHRISTIANS.They will know we are christians by our love,The love is what binds us together.Pick up the cross of Love & follow me,HE SAID.
---Emcee on 12/7/07


j._nonymous You were absolutely correct to ask your question. Don't ever be put off by harsh answers. Sometimes we get a little carried away in our responses
---RitaH on 12/7/07




"And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. Then Agrippa said to Paul, Almost you persuade me to be a Christian. If you all are reviled with name of Christ, blessed, because of which glory and the Spirit of God on you rests: Indeed therefore let not anyone suffer as a murderer or thief or evildoer or as a meddler: but if as a Christian, let that one not be ashamed, thereupoin let that one glorify God in this matter." Acts 11:26+ 26:28+ I Peter 4:14-16.
---Eloy on 12/7/07


because Jesus came to earth....and He is the Christ....then it would be correct to label ourselves after Him who Is Christ which is in the Bible....leaving us as children of God in Christ = Christians..
It is not that hard to conclude
---lisa on 12/7/07


IT is the identification of individuals who have been born again under the blood of Jesus Christ. CHRIST and add 'ians' to indicate a group and it simply means those who belong to Christ.:)
---jody on 12/6/07


I think i see the point made here. origanly Christianity was considered a Jewish sect. now its seen as the gentiles thing. Paul the apostle to the gentiles said he would give up heaven if it ment the Jews would get saved but its fortold God would use gentiles to provoke the Jews to salvation. even when its all about us its still all about them. "Christian" may be a stumbling stone for the Jews but it is imparitive that we identify with Christ in all things.
---Kraus on 12/6/07


J._Nonymous, As Matthew pointed out the word christian does indeed appear in Scripture, specifically in Acts 16:11. It was believed originally to be a slur, as stated by many theologians, that I have read in the past.
---tommy3007 on 12/6/07




Whether the word is in the Bible or not, does it really matter? It's simply a word used to describe someone who has decided to put the world aside, and follow Christ. People in Italy are called Italians because they live there. I don't think it's meant to be any deeper of a definition than that. Wouldn't this go for the word "Christian" also?
---kady on 12/6/07


Thanks for your responses guys (even the more abrasive ones). I did look it up after the fact. However, I believe the word started out as a religious slur. Kind of like a racial slur. Is there a historian in the crowd that can validate this?

PS: Thanks for not sending me to hell for making a mistake or asking a question. Although I think a few came close...

How else do we learn but to ask?
---j._nonymous on 12/6/07


Acts 26:28, Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.

1 Peter 4:16, Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God on this behalf.
---Whisper on 12/6/07


I thought that the word Christian was in the bible so I did a check. Read Acts 26:28 and 1 Peter 4:16. I looked up KJV, NIV and NASB. They are in all 3. I looked no further assuming that if they were in the first 3 I looked at they were probably in more. I'm not sure if Hmmmmm... is in the dictionary though !!! and that seems to be quite a popular 'word' here.
---RitaH on 12/6/07


lovable_linda: How you get "repulsed by the gentiles" from me asking the above question? I am an engrafted Jew by the way. A gentile.

2canplay: It was a question. Not a suggestion to get rid of the word.

Donna: I think you understood my question. Amen to you. Great response.
---j._nonymous on 12/5/07


Not in the Bible, hey? Don't assume, but study.

1 Peter 4:16
Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God on this behalf.

Acts 26:28
Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.

Acts 11:26
And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
---matthew_from_LA on 12/5/07


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If you are a Jew, it would seem appropriate to call yourself a Messianic Jew.
But most of us here are not Jewish, so Messianic Jew or Completed Jew would be innaccurate as far as we are concerned.
---alan_of_UK on 12/5/07


Blessings to all, What does it mean to be a Christian?
1-Christians fear God.
2-Christians believe in and personally recieve Jesus Christ, who alone provides salvation.
3-Christians believe and value God's Word.
4-Christians love God and others.
5-Christians have rejected self-righteousness.
6-Christians acknowledge and submit to Christ's authority. God Bless friends!
---Cynthia on 12/5/07


We are call Called Christians because
we follow Christ,those who do.
The title Christian,is biblical.Everything else is made up.
---Jack on 12/5/07


Jesus was so a Christian. He was more Christ-like than any other person ever was or will be. Yes, we are called to make disciples and those disciples or followers were called Christians first in Acts 11:26. The rest is history.
Actually, the word "brethren" is the most common. But "Messianic Jew" is never mentioned. Gentiles are not Jews nor is God trying to make us into them. We who are saved are not grafted into Jewry but into Jesus, as one body along with any Jews who believe.
---john on 12/5/07


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J._Nonymous,

Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called CHRISTIANS first in Antioch.

They were called Christians because they acted like Christ. They were showed love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, walked by faith, were meek, and showed temperance.

I wish I displayed these more.

Bless you,
---trey on 12/5/07


Oh here we go. When will people stop getting so tripped up on titles?! We don't want to be labeled, it offends us. Ppfftt! I call myself a Christian because I follow Christ. Is it really that big of a deal? Jesus wasn't a bank teller. Nor is that word in the Bible. Does that mean we should get rid of them all? Hmmmmm.
---2canplay on 12/5/07


Actually, Jesus never called "Christians", He called us to be disciples. He made disciples of them. Amen?
---Donna on 12/5/07


How about Acts 11:26? '...The disciples [followers of Christ] were called Christians first at Antioch' It is from the Bible. :) God bless you all!
---Erzsebet_Supak on 12/5/07


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Ummm, Australia, Halloween, cigarettes, truck stops, policemen, lasagna, chiropractors, radios are not in the bible, either, hmmmmm.

Those are the names that have been identified with them.

A Christ-ian is a follower of Jesus Christ.
---lovable_linda on 12/5/07


The appropriate worry should be that you are a Christian rather than trying to eliminate gentiles from your vocabulary.
My question for you, are you really a Christian? Do you despise the gentiles that are grafted in?
Are you repulsed by gentiles that have been accepted into God's family as children of God?
---lovable_linda on 12/5/07




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