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How Do I Know You Are Christian

How would someone know that you are a Christian if you didn't tell them?

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 ---Alan on 8/30/06
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"Fruit of the Spirit" is a biblical term that sums up the nine visible attributes of a true Christian life. Using the King James Version of Galatians 5:22-23, these attributes are: love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. We learn from scripture that these are not individual "fruits" from which we pick and choose. Rather, the fruit of the Spirit is one ninefold "fruit" that characterizes all who truly walk in the Holy Spirit. Collectively, these are the fruits that all Christians should be producing in their new lives with Jesus Christ. Does your tree bear fruit?
---Lea on 10/7/10

Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, [it is] because [there is] no light in them.
---francis on 10/7/10

Are we not disciples of Jesus? Are we not "little Christs"? Why do you look anywhere else than to Jesus for an answer to this? What does Jesus say about this?

John 13:35 "By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another".
---Mark_Eaton on 10/7/10

How would someone know that you are a Christian if you didn't tell them?

1 John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Revelation 12:17 which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 8:16 Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.

Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, [it is] because [there is] no light in them.
---francis on 10/7/10

Mat 13:44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field, the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
Equating the kingdom of heaven to Christians seems highly unlikely. If the kingdom of heaven does not equal Christians then Cluny's last post questioning the validity of catherine's post has no merit.
John 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
We are not of this world and I believe it should be obvious to those around us.
Mat 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
---micha9344 on 10/7/10

\\You cannot help, but, to stand out.
---catherine on 10/2/10\\

Then why did Jesus say the Kingdom of Heaven (Christians) was like a treasure HIDDEN IN A FIELD?

Hidden things, by their nature, don't stand out.
---Cluny on 10/7/10

You cannot help, but, to stand out.
---catherine on 10/2/10

Alot of churches and individuals make hasty judgements on who is Christian and who is not. No one and I mean no one has the authority to "stamp" who is christian and who is not. No one has that authority from God and no one knows the whole picture about someone or about an organization. That is when we get into judging a person unrighteously. What matters is that person's relationship to God. Between them and God.

Many churches judge others or organzations based on their criteria or against their standards. These standards or criteria are not shared by everyone. These standards are not set forth in the scriptures whether it be the Bible, Book of Mormon or any other words from God.
---Brian on 10/1/10

Why is it so important for people to know?The bible tells us to let our light shine. That is doing good deeds, showing loving to others,keeping peace follow his precepts and commands and the world will know.They will know something is different about you.A time will come when somoeone will ask you why you do the things you do and you can let them know,if you choose. Its not mandatory.
---Robyn on 1/14/08

I prefer to keep fairly low profile (no cross jewelry, no fish bumper sticker, etc.). If people can't tell that I'm a Christian by watching me live, perhaps I don't deserve the title.

And the LAST thing I want anyone to do is to be one of those "obvious" Christians whose lives offend - so others justly say "if THAT's what being a Chrisitan is, I want no part of it!"
---StrongAxe on 1/14/08

The Holy Spirit testifies and gives witness that you are Children of God.

One must first believe, confess and repent of one's sins and receive the gift of Salvation through Christ.

There will be an outward expression of an inward change. You cannot be saved without being "transformed" into the Image of Christ day by day. It is the Holy Spirit's work in you that brings about that change.
---Ardith_Kay_Tolson on 1/11/08

Islam are growing fast in the so-called "Christian" countries. Changing religion does not mean that they have to change everything. Most of them prefer to keep their names. You will never know if that person is no longer a christian!

You can tell if the women choose to wear the head-cover but not the men. They can be your work friends, neighbors. Who knows!
---Sheila on 1/10/08

Jesus said that people will know you by your fruits. If you display the Fruits of the Spirit, then people will know that you follow Christ.
---Leslie on 1/7/07

If you are a Christian you should be speaking to everyone in the spirit, with the love, joy and peace of Christ in your heart. And if you are allowing the Holy Spirit to lead you, he will reveal it to you; if it needs to be known. For someone else to know that you are a Christian, they would first have to know Christ.
---ShawnM.T on 12/16/06

A great question. One thing for sure - it won't be by my righteousness, who I associate with, what I eat, etc. It will be by my love for them. We are commanded to love God, our family, our neighbors, those who hate us, our enemies, etc. As Christ loved us, totally sacrificially, laying down his life for us while we were still dead set against him.
---Don on 12/16/06

I manifest Christ.
---Eloy on 9/24/06

Christians are supposed to stand out. Deut 26:18 (peculiar- distinctive in nature or character from others). One way I would go about finding out if someone is a Christian or not is by following 1 John 4:1. 1Pe 1:2; chosen that we should be holy, Eph 1:4; purified a peculiar people, that we might not only do good works, but be zealous in them, Tit 2:14. Holiness is true honor, and the only way to everlasting honor.
---Moses on 9/23/06

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When your conversations to them are about God. When God comes into your words as you speak without realizing it. They will know right away what your priorities are. If you feel you will offend someone, then you are not speaking for God but for yourself. God will automaticly come out of your mouth in some way. That is how they will you are a Christian. I heard one time Eloy say the lost were dogs, They are not dogs, but lost people without Christ. They need the Lord. Everyone needs the Lord.
---lisa on 9/23/06

Safe to avoid unbelievers, if even possible. Jesus went out among them, tax collectors, unclean, rich, poor, entire world. Most unbelievers can't tell the difference between Christian/non-Christian; unless you're wearing collar or preaching on street corner. If you witness, you will encounter opposition. World will not embrace your childlike stance, love, kisses, fish symbol on car bumper. It's the Holy Spirit that does the drawing, remember, it's not you with all of your Christian attributes who saves.
---Rachel on 9/22/06

By what I talk about. Actions are important too. A couple of months ago, a lady and I got talking on the Bus. Cigarettes came up and I started telling her how I was now totally free from them. She said "Are you a Christian?" I then told her how the Lord set me free.
---Helen_5378 on 9/21/06

alan, actually this may offend some peolle but scripture tells us not to have personal relationships with non believers. no we are to go into the world and win the lost and help them to come to christ. so this is a fine line to walk as a christian. if someone is genuinely interested in the word we should have counsel with them to win them to jesus.But to answer your question ,by your lifestyle,your attitude,and actually you should come right and and tell them,at some point. especially if you know them.
---tom2 on 9/21/06

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It is God alone Who knows who is the true believer/Christian. Observing a believer's life should reveal the fruit of the Holy Spirit, but a believer has a commandment to tell others of their own conversion & witness to them of their need of Christ as Saviour. A Christian is glad to share the Good News. It seems often the testimony of others who know a person will often tell me that "so & so" is a Christian. In asking, they can give account of their testimony & the lifestyle of the person.
---Linda on 9/11/06

You will know them by their fruits. Non-Christians will notice that you are set apart from the others in the way you handle things, the words you speak, the actions of love you perform. They may not recognize it as the "fruits of the Spirit" but they will recognize it to be different from the rest.
---Katie on 8/30/06

Tbaba,thanks ,you added some good ones. Love unveiled brings the fruits into view. If only Christians would remember at all times to immerse themselves in God's love until it is all people see reflected in their lives. Them loving God and their fellow humans.
---Darlene_1 on 8/30/06

Great answer Darlene 1,

I would like to add the following verses...

Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
(Matthew 7:20)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
(Galatians 5:22-23)

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
(John 13:35)
---Tbabe on 8/30/06

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1John 4:7&8 Beloved let us love one another:for love is of God; and everyone that loveth is born of God,and knoweth God;he that loveth not knoweth not God;for God is love. Love is the measure of a Christian,it directs all their behavior,guides all their words.
---Darlene_1 on 8/30/06

A person could live a good life and not be a Christian. But you could know that they are by certain things they say, or do. Even then I think I'd be hard to tell unless you asked them.
---sue on 8/30/06

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