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To have eternal life does one have to be known as a "christian"?

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If that were true most people, at least in this country, would be going to heaven. A true Christian is one whom God has chosen through His Blood. [foreknew] These will be the people whom will spend eternity with God, my friend.
---catherine on 8/27/10

Christ is eternal life, and none else: therefore Christ says you must be born-again, else you cannot see life nor are able to enter into everlasting life.
---Eloy on 6/26/10

There is a day coming, when the least shall be first and the first shall be last.
Jesus was sent for the sinner. Too many Christian people trust in and believe in what they have done instead of what Jesus has already done. HE is the doorway to life for all mankind.
---duane on 6/26/10

Have you ever noticed that in the Bible, some were called Christian, but none called themselves a Christain.
Why do we call ourselves Christian, when they did not?
---David on 6/26/10

What about the american indians prior to christian missionaries?Are they denied eternal life because they lived on another hemisphere that had not been discovered until recently and sea travel was not an option until recently?
---earl on 6/25/10

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Romans 3:9 What then? are we better [than they]? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin,
Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Worth repeating...
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
---micha9344 on 6/24/10

mima and other's ,
Wording this differently.
Is christianity the only religion that God will accept to give eternal life?
Mima ,you said "true christianity".Are you dividing the house?
---earl on 6/24/10

"True Christianity believes God provides a free gift of eternal life to anyone who trusts in Him (has faith) that God is graceful and sent His Son to save those who believe in His righteousness."
---mima on 6/24/10

Romans 2:14>>>This is because of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness. And Romans 2:15>>> But Jew and Gentile alike must face a day of Judgment with God when the secrets of men are judged by the Lord Jesus Christ according to the truth of the gospel preached by Paul. Verse 16 included. Thank you++
---catherine on 6/23/10

To have eternal life does one have to be known as a "christian"?


Romans 2:14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

Romans 2:15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and [their] thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another,)

Romans 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
---francis on 6/23/10

joseph,The Mk.10.17 story you commented on-the rich man would need to give up all his wealth would not be equal with the story in Luke.The lawyer in Luke was not asked to give up anything.The two stories speak differently.There are many wealthy and rich believers .The Mark story had been edited/modified to make one think wealth is bad and keeps man out of eternal life.
The mk.10.17 story was not about eternal life but a man who wanted to be one of Jesus's messengers which required total and absolute life modification to travel with him and become part of his personal support group as some others have already did.A small group literally gave up all they owned to be in his personal circle.
---earl on 6/22/10

tom2,See Jo.12.49-50.Is This where Jesus gets his words from ?.
---earl on 6/22/10

earl,jesus himself made this statement, I am the way ,the truth,the life,no one comes to the father but by me.
---tom2 on 6/21/10


yes, Jesus knew and reiterated what was in the beginning. But, then he said, [paraphrase]"You did/all that? Good. Now, sell all your things, give to the po', and there your treasure will be in Heaven. Then, come follow me.

Jesus did not say to believe in the commandments. He said to keep the commandments. Since that is impossible, as much we try to keep the commandments, we must be in Him. Jesus was also in the beginning.
---akajoseph on 6/20/10

catherine, earl is referencing Luk 10:25-28.

(I confused this with the young, rich man.)

What the lawyer quoted was from Deut 6:5 and Lev 19:18. (A lawyer who knows well the letter of the Law...imagine that.)

The fact that the Law preceded Jesus in the flesh is not surprising. After all, he was the author of the Law and the only One who could fulfill them without a hitch.
---aka.joseph on 6/20/10

earl you are way aove my head. What lawyer?
---catherine on 6/20/10

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Jo.14.6 is direct .I agree.However most christians say man cannot have eternal life except at first going through Jesus.{Therefore man is restricted or denied from eternity until the arrival of Jesus} .Jesus's teachings were/are not his own.See Jo.12.49-50.The lawyer already knew the way to eternal life- it was oral teachings of that day.It has been taught for ages through the prophets and others .Jesus was God's messenger.Jo.12.49-50.The answer was the same and is the same as the lawyer knew it then .So If one believed in God's OT teachings through prophets then Jesus's greatly illuminated teachings by God (again) this time from Jesus are one and the same(on this subject).Jesus did not change the way he agreed with the lawyer.
---earl on 6/20/10

Christian is the word used to describe a person who believes in the teaching of Jesus Christ. Eternal life does not come with the label. One has to not only believe the teachings of Jesus but must be a born again follower of Christ commiting ones life to Christ and not only believing on his teaching but obeying his Word,will,and way of life. That happens when a person confesses their sins,asks foriveness,believes Jesus is the only begotten son of God who was born of a virgin,walked among men, and was killed,buried, and rose again,alive forevermore seated on the right hand of God.
---Darlene_1 on 6/20/10

To have eternal life does one have to be known as a "christian"?

One has to be known not as a "christian" but as "in Christ" and the recognition has to be a rob said by God.
---aka.joseph on 6/19/10

I am not sure about this question! Just because you wear the Christian label does not mean that you are a Christian. In order to be a true Christian the living God must reside in you. Then you can rest for sure that you have eternal life, IF you keep following Him till the end.
---catherine on 6/19/10

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The N.T. letters inform humanity how to be FULLY HUMAN (so we can be a "SON" of "in His image" MAN as before the fall). It is the "son of man" who is lord/ruler EVEN of the sabbath (Mark 2:28).

Numbers 23:19
"God is not man...or a son of man, that he should repent".

Many Christians will DEFINE themselves as "A" Christian instead of "A" human being that has Christian beliefs (very dehumanizing).

If you define yourself as a Christian unit/entity, you can no longer think freely as a human being (IDENTITY CRISIS)...which is why so many lies and irrationalities have been believed for centuries.

Take care not to become a "Christian unit".
---more_excellent_way on 6/20/10

"To have eternal life does one have to be known as a "christian"?" No.
Jesus never made being "known as a christian" a requirement.
"Most here will use a verse,when infinite life is questioned, saying that no one can go unto God except through Jesus first. This is a true saying but misinterpreted."
In what way is John 14:6 misinterpreted Earl? How can it be? It seems to me, to be straight forward and direct.
Seemingly made that clear when jesus referred to Himself as the door, (John 10:9) saying that if any would attempt to enter in any other way "the same is a thief and a robber." (John 10:1)
Earl please clarify what you are attempting to convey. Thanks
---josef on 6/20/10

atheist,"eternal life" is an infinite life .To date the only one I know who has made it known to me in my thinking parts that life is a reality after death is the spirit of truth.
Most here will use a verse,when infinite life is questioned, saying that no one can go unto God except through Jesus first.This is a true saying but misinterpreted.
The UB and Luke 10.25 says a lawer asked Jesus A question that the lawyer already knew the answer to.Where did the lawyer get his answer?Jesus confirmed his answer,saying if you do this you shall live.
Eternal life,contradicting christian teachings, was here to have even prior to the time of Jesus.If not the olden prophets were nothing .
---earl on 6/19/10

The majority of Americans consider themselves to be "Christian". But, Only the ones who have accepted Christ as their saviour is a true, born-again, believing Christian. However, that being said, every human has an everlasting soul. Whether their eternity is in Heaven(Everlasting life) or hell(Forever & ever in torment), is an individual's choice to make now. Every person to ever breathe air will spend eternity in one of those 2 places. So it's best for every one to make sure they've done all the Bible teaches in becoming a born-again Christian. Not just in name only.
---Reba on 6/19/10

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In regard to your question, I would ask first what you mean by eternal life.

Then I would wonder, which I think is the essence of your question what is a 'christian'? This is easily very complex as I have seen so many arguing that one among the others is not a true, real, or saved "christain", and that they have misinterpreted "scripture", or in your case you have chosen a scripture that is not really scripture (Urantia---which I did peruse per your suggestion).

BTW I usually find your answers here kinder, gentler and more reasonable from a humanistic point of view, although I would guess that most here would not accept you as a true, real, or saved "christain". Good luck with that...
---atheist on 6/19/10

To have eternal life is not by a person being know as a Christian by other people, but for a person to be know as a Christian by GOD!
---Rob on 6/19/10

Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Him. The only way to have a more abundant life here and an eternal life with Christ Jesus is to repent of our sins, invite Jesus to be our Lord and Savior because we believe HE is the Risen Son Of God who chose to suffer and die for our sins. Give your life to Jesus and start a New Journey today!
---Vel on 6/19/10

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