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What Is A Christian

Please define what a "Christian" is in your own words.

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 ---JM on 6/25/07
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A Christian is a commandment keeper who loves God reverently, who follows the teachings and become Christlike..if you dont follow or obey all His commands, you will not be Christlike..
---law on 7/29/07

Christian = Christ-like, and follower (disciple) of Jesus. Christian = Messianic Jew.
---Leslie on 7/16/07

To believe Jesus is Christ,son of the Living God.He was born of the Virgin Mary, suffered died to save us from sin, was buried,the 3rd day he was raised from the dead, walked the earth for 40 days in His glorified body, ascended into heaven & sits at the right hand of the Eternal Father. Jesus will come again to judge the quick and the dead. You must be baptized, born of the Holy Spirit to do God's will bringing HIS kingdom to earth.This makes you a Christian.A FREE Gift from God given to everyone.
---Lisa on 7/16/07

The true mark of a christian is his confidence in the love of Christ, and the yielding of his affections to Christ in return.
---Cynthia on 7/15/07

A Chirstian is according to the New testiment, those who followed the teachings of Christ and recieved him as their Lord and Savior. They are those who profess faith in Christ. Pual was a Christian.
---Marcia on 7/6/07

rosem4839, prophets are not ordinary men, but prophets are men of God, whom interact personally with God every day. And ordinary men do not do that, for ordinarny men do not even know God, much less interact with him.
---Eloy on 7/6/07

Amen to that
---Donald on 7/5/07

to all, maybe if in the churcg today when a believer is asked a question about the conduct and they lie about it if the consequences were like those of ananisis, and his wife sapphira,we could have the truth.
---tom2 on 7/5/07

Charles: "If you don't know the Word, or where it is, you have nothing to back up your prophetic words with."

So, are you telling me that if I don't know the verses verbatum with verse numbers then I am wrong? Verse numbers were not in scriptures until a few hundred years ago. How did the Apostles quote Scripture? How did Jesus quote verses? Or maybe it's too laborous to search the scriptures to find what I say is true. The Bereans searched the scriptures.
---Steveng on 7/3/07

"You have pulled yourself out of Church..."

The Church IS the body of Christ. Many Christians believe that a church is a building chock full of sermons, activities, entertainment, clubs, music, and depends upon the government to keep the organization going by becoming non-profit.

Christ's true church transcends all materialistic, worldly concepts. It's a true vine of people.
---Steveng on 7/3/07

Ofcourse, true is the key word, since there are so many fakes. One that has been chosen by God. And Willing to give their life for God. One who loves their God with everything that is in them. And lives only to please Him. Obedience, no matter what it costs. This is a true Christian and nothing less will do.++
---catherine on 7/3/07

What the Bible does, is incorporate many Words of Prophecy from ordinary men;Haggai,Daniel,Zephaniah were vessels God used to spread the message of Truth,Joy in servng His Glory. To be a Christian is to Honor the Holiness of our Creator,
God! This is a great passage "The eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus,our Lord" Ephesians 3:11
---rosem4839 on 7/3/07

Kathr4453, A big A-men to that. We need revival in the Church. First, get rid of every new fandangle bible written after the 1611 KJV, and put the true Bible back in the Church again. Second, the whole body, each member and especially the leaders of the church need to repent and seek God's direction for restoring "his" holy words and "his" right order in "his" church. It is sad to see churches that were once Christian, but now turned cold and apostate.
---Eloy on 7/3/07

To believe God the Father Almighty& Jesus Christ his only begotten Son;Conceived by the Power of the Holy Spirit;Born of virgin Mary.Was crucified,died & buried. He rose again on the 3rd day;ascended into Heaven ;& sits at the right hand of the Eternal Father;He'll come again to judge the quick and the dead. Christ died to save us, that we too might have eternal life. Only HE holds the Keys to Heaven and Hell. He's the way the truth & the Life. All who believe in Him;keep His commands will be in paradise.
---Lisa on 7/3/07

Eloy, I think you misunderstood, but that's ok, my fault for not going on. Yes the Church today is in trouble. But I had a New Revelation,(years ago). Rather than wanting to be ministered to, I now minister know what I mean. Sad to say, if Christians pulled out of Church, there would be no light at all. You never know who you are going to touch,and how many other lonely Christians,not participating in the hypocracy, are praying for people in the Church. It's now a mission field.
Thanks Eloy!!
---kathr4453 on 7/2/07

catherine, #1 on CN's reply hints
Biblical(canonized and Christ-like replies ONLY.
Using/quoting Scripture is not only recommended, it's the only you can back up your spiritual beliefs.
You have pulled yourself out of Church, I find no Scripture to back that up.
If you are indeed a prophet, a prophet is subject to other prophets. There's no way around that one.
---Charles on 7/2/07

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Jesus is the Word. If you don't know the Word, or where it is, you have nothing to back up your prophetic words with.
Catherine, when someone disagrees with you, you start handing out curses - that catherine, is witchcraft.
When someone has given you a sound word, with a biblical reference, you disagree and tell them they're going to hell and God hates them - that's spiritual witchcraft.
---Charles on 7/2/07

Rebecca D For goodness sakes, I was quoteing scripture. God said it. Some of you people who claimes to know God, And always talking about how saved you are. oh but you can quote scriptures. Yes sir.
---catherine on 7/2/07

Define a Christian: Read and understand each and everyone of the Ten Commandments of God. These are a transcript of Christ's Holy Character.. we are required to conform to,2become Christlike by following these commandments. Some say we can't as its hard. Thats true, still no reason for us to disobey Him if we say He is our is only hard when your heart is defiant and unwilling to obey.. Commandment 1: "Thou shall have no other God's before me". What does God mean here?
---jana on 7/2/07

Catherine; You hate the evil-doers, and will not sit with the wicked? This reminds me of that story where this sinner woman came and cried on Jesus' feet and dried them with her hair. People around Jesus couldn't believe that he let this sinner touch him. Read what Jesus said in Lk 7:40-48. How can a sinner witness the true love of God through his people if not go to church? CONT:
---Rebecca_D on 7/1/07

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Catherine CONT; How can you say that the unbelievers mock God in church? Maybe the reason why their in church is because they want to know who God is and hopefully get saved. Not every sinner that comes to the house of God mocks him. There are some sinners whom respect God and the church. My father-n-law is one of them. You need to read Luke 19:1-11. People couldn't believe that Jesus went into this sinner man's house and talked with him, because he was a sinner.
---Rebecca_D on 7/1/07

catherine, I pray God will forgive you for telling me that I am not saved and He hates my prayers, etc. I forgive you. It's People like you that give Christianity a bad name.
I pray God will break though the hardness in your heart and open your eyes. In the meantime, I will no longer reply to whatever you have to say.
---betty8468 on 7/1/07

tom2, I am in full agreement with you if Pastors or Elders are condoning sin in their congregation and in leadership. That is making a mockery of the Church. But we can't condemn all churches for the sins of the ones who do such things.
---betty8468 on 7/1/07

kathr4453, correction to my earlier post: for the reference of each individual person being required to make up the church, Please Read- I Corinthians 12:12-31.
---Eloy on 7/1/07

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so the vast majority of christians remind me of what catherine has also said.claiming but denying the power.itchy ears thats why we have so many denominations.people all puffed up cause they are right and everyone else is wrong. the only race they run is the rat race .thats what I see in the church today.falling away prophesied is now an epidemic. thing is they believe they are following him,following false doctrine,and living for homes,cars,entertainment,fun fun fun.goats.doing nothing for anyone.
---tom2 on 7/1/07

kathr4453, Communing or praying with Jesus anywhere and at anytime does not make you nor Jesus the church. You mistake your own thoughts for the voice of Jesus. Jesus is the head of the church, and EACH born-again Christian is A PART of his body, which is the Church. Jesus is the cornerstone of the church, the foundation, the beginning, the Chief and Captain of our souls; He Created us and not we ourselves, he is the Shepherd and we are his sheep. Please Read- I Corinthians 12:31.
---Eloy on 7/1/07

In Paul's day they didn't have big Churches. You made some Christian friends and then found a place to fellowship. Paul said we must remove anyone in our groups that is in wickedness(unrepentant sin) because a little leaven leaventh the whole lump(1 Corintihians 5). I avoid all Churches that don't obey those teachings. As a result I find the only way to obey the epistles and have fellowship is to meet Christian friends at someones home or talk on the phone. Most Churches condone those living in sin.
---Matthew on 7/1/07

betty8468===You are too smart for me. But you are not smarter than God. Every word I write I can back up with scripture. And believers are not to sit in assemblies, in congregations with unbelievers who are only mocking God. God hates your prayers, your gifts, And your sacrifices. The word of God says so. SORRY. Take it up with God, when you are truly saved. Otherwise!
---catherine on 6/30/07

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betty8468: "By not going to church, you are saying you are too good..." Your concept of church is a lot different than how the early Christians thought. Today church is considered a building chock full of sermons, activities, sports, music, entertainment, etc. - very little Bible study. Church is simply the body of Christ - Christians. I don't go to "church" unless they need my services (any church, I'm non denominational). My church is the building of the vine. Do you understand?
---Steveng on 6/30/07

pt 2 betty,no your right about comeing together,but Iam speaking of churches whos elders,and board members are commiting illegal every church I have attended in the last 15 years,everyone of them and its getting worse.
---tom2 on 6/30/07

thers a big difference between being around non believers at the mall, restaurants ,and in the world but not of the world.but catherine is all the cases I approached the pastors,their choices were to do nothing.thats my point toleration by pastors,elders,and board members, so as not to loose tithing members was most of their responses.
---tom2 on 6/30/07

catherine... Hebs. 10:24-25 not forsaking the assembling together as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another... DO you go to the store, the mall,a restaurant? You are together w/ unbelievers there. Have you sinned? if you say no you are a liar according to John. By not going to church, you are saying you are too good for them. You are not.You are human, like everyone else. The perfection you seek in a church will not be til we ALL gather in unity.
---betty8468 on 6/30/07

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Very simply, Acts says that in one of the Roman colonies, the Believers in Jesus as being the Promised Messiah and Anointed One and Prophet, and as Jesus taught - the Saviour of the World - and the Only Son of the Father in Heaven, were first called Christians, which means Christ-like-ones.
---harold on 6/30/07

If I went to church, I would be in SIN! Read my words. betty8468>>>I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers. I have hated the congregation of evil doers: And will not sit with the wicked. >>>And he spake unto the congregation saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of their's, lest ye be consumed in all their SINS. [Num. 16:26] And [Psa. 26:4-5] Do not be unequally yoked. [2 Corin. 11-18].
---catherine on 6/30/07

anonymous, whom is the "we" that you are posting? do you have multiple personality disorder? or are you endeavoring to speak for others without their permission. You certainly do not speak for me, I for one am a real 100% bona fide, born-again Christian, and you are not a part of me at all. So please speak for yourself only, and not for others whom you know not.
---Eloy on 6/30/07

anonymous, I take up my cross and follow after Jesus, and every real Christian whom is a disciple of Christ does likewise.
---Eloy on 6/30/07

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every church I attended tolerated out right sin,people shacking up,sleeping with whoever,even when they are married.the church has become tolerent of everything and anything.
---tom2 on 6/29/07

tom2... sorry to read that are being disobedient to Jesus by not attending church. The Bible says do not forsake the fellowship of the brethren. You are proving that no man can be perfect in following the Bible. That's why we need Jesus to forgive us and give us the strength to keep on.
---betty8468 on 6/29/07

tom2: I really appreciate your comments. I can remember a few years ago being so discouraged and disappointed about Church, and I just said...Lord, please find me a good'll never guess what the Lord said back...." I AM the Chruch". I started laughing because what I was looking for was right there inside of me..Jesus Christ. I've been a peace ever since.

A Christian is a disciple *of Christ*.
God Bless
---kathr4453 on 6/29/07

We don't follow Jesus, we are "In Christ Jesus." Colossians says that Christ is your life. Paul writes some of his letters, to those who are in Christ Jesus. Christ in me, the hope of glory. No wonder so many Christians are failing, they're trying to follow Jesus instead of letting Him live His life through them. That's what a Christian is. Christ in you, the hope of glory.
---anonymous on 6/29/07

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.augusta, you are seriously mistaken, Jesus is the founder of the Christian church, and he is not the founder of the false catholic religion.
---Eloy on 6/29/07

The rock mentioned is not the catholic church. John says in Rev 17 they are the great and abominable church. The rock is the spirit of revelation from God and Hell cannot prevail against the still small voice of the Holy Ghost. He is the bearer of all truth. Men are evil and corrupt and history proves that through the lineage of the popes. The vatican is at fault for the Jihad with muslims, no one else. The pope ordered the mosque of the rock to be desecrated. That is a sacred shrine to Mohammed.
---ashley on 6/29/07

A Christian is a person who loves the Lord God with all his or her heart, and with all his or her soul, and with all his or her strength, and with all his or her mind; and to love his or her neighbor as himself or herself. (is this politically correct?) :)

Do all this without knowing how old the earth or universe is or if there is a pre, mid, or post tribulation rapture.
---Steveng on 6/28/07

In US marriages, consumation is the act of the husband planting seed within his wife. In other words, the husband is inputting a part of himself, his life into his wife.

In marriage to Jesus, consumation occurs when Jesus imparts Himself, His Life into His 'wife' (covenanted believers) by having the Holy Spirit live within the body of the covenanted believer.
---a_servant on 6/28/07

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"How do I balance the teachings of Christ between all of the disagreements we have in individual religious groups."

JM, Jesus didn't create individual religious groups. He built one Church (Catholic), the pillar and foundtion of truth, and He said the gates of hell would not prevail against it. He also promised the Holy Spirit would lead us into ALL truth, and He will. So there's no need for balance or compromise; Just believe Jesus, obey Him and pray for His truth.
---augusta on 6/28/07

well you have just described why I no longer attend any church.I have been in some 10 different churches in the last 15 years.NONE I repeat NONE are biblical,all have fallen away should attend some board meetings as I have you would get sick.
---tom2 on 6/27/07

I know what christ has said,and what scripture says a christian is,but today I am not sure theres anyone alive today in any church living that life.the idols of homes,cars,jobs,entertainment,you name it have taken over.
---tom2 on 6/27/07

christ said to follow him you must give up everything of the flesh,daily.EVERYTHING.out of the 10 billion or so people who have lived thus far on earth,i would be surpriised if 1 p[ercent make it to heaven.
---tom2 on 6/27/07

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a servant;How will this "marriage" be consummated? (if you view the bible as literal)
---1st_cliff on 6/27/07

If you see a person and see the light they shine, you see God. If you see a person with no light, God does not live there. If you're looking at me, you see mercy. If you're looking at me you see grace. If you're looking at me you see saved. For I've been saved by his mercy and grace. If you can see that in me, you see me as a Christian, a true child of God.
---Rebecca_D on 6/27/07

duane.....I totally agree.
It is all about Faith in christ.
---JIM on 6/27/07

A Christian has faith in Jesus Christ.
A Christian also believes in The work of Christ, (His death and resurrection)

There is nothing else to add
---duane on 6/27/07

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Is 54:5, 62:5; Jer 3:14, 31:32; Hos 2:16, 19; Rom 7:4; 2 Cor 11:2 all speak to God being married to His people.

Rev 21:9 ..I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.

Rev 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come..

Christian = one who is called, chosen, elected to enter into covenant with Christ, and be His wife.

See Eph 5:23-29
---a_servant on 6/26/07

JM, unfortunately we are in the age of apostasy, or what the Bible calls "the great falling away" which must happen before the Lord returns. Therefore many once strong Christian denominations, have become apostate and are no longer Christian, this began many years ago with the introduction of the many new unholy Bibles into the churches. But there are still a very few small churches which are true to the Word.
---Eloy on 6/27/07

JM you will never find a church that is 100% Bible based because always throws his own stuff in there. Just go with what the Bible says and find a church that comes close to it.
---betty8468 on 6/26/07

Thank you for your responses. How do I balance the teachings of Christ between all of the disagreements we have in individual religious groups. I mean, the basic christian churches do not agree on so many things but they are all "Christian". Case in point, some "Christian" churchs have women as preachers, others have gay preachers, some have priests others with no priests.
---JM on 6/26/07

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A Christiian is a follower of Christ. One who has repented of sin and turned to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
---maryj9396 on 6/26/07

Some have Deacons and so on. Some believe in works, others only by grace or a combination of the two. Not to mention the big (what should be basics) the Trinity or a Single God. Is it possible for all of these groups to be truly Christian, yet have some simple fundamental differences?
---JM on 6/26/07

So I guess that is the question. (Lets not start a major debate on each of my examples, we know there are many different opinions depending on what church you go to (I guess thats the point), lets focus on this question only, keep it simple please). "Is it possible for all of these people from different religions (Baptists, Methodist, Pentecostals, ect..) to be truly Christian, yet have some simple fundamental differences?"
---JM on 6/26/07

A Christian is=== A person that God pays a visit to, convicts that person that they are lost and will die and go to hell if not forgiven of their sins. Then you call out to God "I don't want to die and go to hell please forgive me of all of my sins". And I said past, present,and future, sins because, I had so many, I figured I better,"and to save me". And then we ackonwledge Jesus died on the cross, was raised from the dead. But the thing is The Holy Spirit initates all of it.
---catherine on 6/26/07

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A christian is one who knows Christ Jesus. One who knows He came from the Father to earth to die for us. One who believes that Christ Jesus rose on the third day and now sits on the right hand of God interceding for us. If you believe this to be true, then you are a christian brother or sister. There are many obligations a christian has, but to be a christian you simply have to believe in Christ.
---Juan on 6/26/07

Being a Christian simple means that you have chosen to walk, talk, and reach out to all people just like Jesus did in the Bible.
He was the example of what we are to be and to do while we have our time here on earth.
---Brenda on 6/25/07

We must open our minds to the thoughts of Jesus, again He was our example. Most people who call themselves "Christian" does not have a clue how to Love their enimies, and do good to those who despitefully use them. We must search God's word and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truths of what a true "Christian" is.
---Brenda on 6/25/07

A Christian is one whom is born-again, where Christ dwells in him and he in Christ. The Christian obeys Christ and worships and follows only him.
---Eloy on 6/25/07

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A Servant. A Christian serves everyone. Love flows through a Christian to everyone. A Christian is loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle & controled.
---Ryan_Z on 6/25/07

We went over this in church last night.I think a true chrisitan is disciple,& what makes a disciple? We follow Jesus & his fathers teachings,& a true disciple-christian is one whom is learning always & willing to follow the saviour.
---hugs4God on 6/25/07

Christian means "Christ-like" and "Follower (Disciple) of Christ".
---Leslie on 6/25/07

A Christian is someone who is born again by believing in his heart and confessing with his mouth that Jesus is Lord. A Christian is someone who does their best to live by the Bible and lives a life of love and service.
---betty8468 on 6/25/07

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