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Why do Christians like to ask the question "how long have you been a Christian"?

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Maybe "how long have you been a Christian?" is a way of asking for your testimony.
Or maybe they think that the longer you've been a Christian the more you know and better you are, so they want to know if they should try to teach you or try to learn from you.
I honestly have no idea.
---Todd1 on 6/12/08

We have this question, but in another form. We ask when you were Baptized.
---Nicole on 6/12/08

The reason I like to know how long someone has been a believer is to get an understanding of if the person is a babe in Christ, or if they have had time to mature, and grow in Him. I don't know why others ask.
---Trish9863 on 6/12/08

alan of UK......Sorry if it sounded as though i was taking offence from what you said. Our company has a Brit that has been here about two yrs. He throws the term "proper" around. I didn't mean anything negative by it.
---JIM on 8/6/07

Trish, Cheking the on-line Mirriam Webster dictionary. No such word!
---1st_cliff on 8/4/07

Main Entry: conversate
Part of Speech: v
Definition: to socialize and chat, to converse with another
Etymology: back-formation from conversation
Usage: slang

Webster's New Millennium Dictionary of English, Preview Edition (v 0.9.7)
Copyright 2003-2007 Lexico Publishing Group, LLC
---Earl_Grey on 8/4/07

Alan, orange you glad I opened up the window of opportunity for you to explain the finer things about being British?
---Earl_Grey on 8/4/07

Earl Grey ... # 2 British English was influenced (created) by Latin, German, French, and many European languages, (which themselves originated in the Orient) and has developed even since European settlers went to form the USA, and will develop further as people from Central & Eastern Europe migrate here.
---alan_of_UK on 8/4/07

Earl Grey ... # 3 Similarly, since then American English has developed in other directions and been influenced by many other factors, including the vast variety of peoples who chose to move and make the USA their home, and made the USA the great country that it is.
---alan_of_UK on 8/4/07

Earl Grey ... # 4 So the languages are bound to differ, and it is important that we can both of us understand the differences, so we can communicate.

Again I ask, as a matter of interest, is it appropriate for a pastor to wear daps?
---alan_of_UK on 8/4/07

Cliff: Check an online dictionary. Coversate is a word. I looked it up.
---Trish9863 on 8/3/07

There's no such word as "conversate"
---1st_cliff on 8/3/07

Earl Grey ... since for some reason you have introduced the subject of apparel to this blog, perhaps you can tell me whether you consider it appropriate for a pastor to wear daps when officiating at a church service?
---alan_of_UK on 8/3/07

Sorry, Earl Grey, this should have been for St Tropez, but you may still like to answer, as may JIM.
"Since for some reason you (that is St Tropez) have introduced the subject of apparel to this blog, perhaps you can tell me whether you consider it appropriate for a pastor to wear daps when officiating at a church service?"
---alan_of_UK on 8/3/07

JIM ... 'I take it that the word "conversate" is not "Proper".'
Why do you suggest I think that?
Actually, it is obvious what the word means, so that made it quite a good word for Rebecca to use.
I've never heard it before, so was interested to learn whether it was in regular use in the USA.
Why do you take so much offence from my enquiry? It was addressed to Rebecca, who understood it perfectly.
---alan_of_UK on 8/3/07

Earl, did you ever stop and think that Alan is proud of his Country? Just as I am proud to be from the United States. I think it is exiciting to have so many people on here from different places in the world. Some are from the US, but they live in places, I've never been. And I have never been outside of the US. Heck, I've never seen the ocean. Some of the words I speak is my own language. The word Ain't wasn't a word, now it is.
---Rebecca_D on 8/3/07

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Becasuse it takes time to ripen or grow into a mature Christian. Experience and wisdom comes with maturity. A mature Christian is less likely to make some of the same mistakes an immature Christian makes. Satan loves immmature christians, Like a young baby he can lead them astray, much quickly. They are easier to fool and fleece. He(satan) can make them still desire the world and live for him.He keep feeding them lies and tormenting them, until he wins them back(backslide)
---Robyn on 8/3/07

Alan has once again, made it abundantly clear that he is unique. He's British, and the way Americans butcher the English language makes his distinguished taste buds pucker. Alan, you put on like we're speaking Hopi or Navijo. You get it, but you enjoy the distinction so much, you never fail to remind us.
---Earl_Grey on 8/3/07

alan of UK....I take it that the word "conversate" is not "Proper".
---JIM on 8/3/07

Well, itn't that a good question. We should ask how long have you been a TRUE CHRISTION. There is a difference you know. In being a quote, quote, Christian and a real bonified Christian Bought by the blood of Christ. I am always proud to answer.
---catherine on 8/3/07

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Earl Gray is a very nice tea and most enjoy it for it's aroma, it's a great pity you don't match up to using it's name as you identity! Your response to Alan is not at all nice and certainly uncalled for. Ye shall know them by their FRUITS!
---Carla5754 on 8/3/07

Earl Grey # 1 ... So you know me?
In the UK, just for yuor information, the "Queens English" refers to the the dialect, not to the words used.
A person can have perfect grammar, and use the correct dictionary definitions of words, but unless they speak in a certain dialect, they don't speak the Queens English.
---alan_of_UK on 8/3/07

Earl Grey # 1 ... So you know me?
In the UK, just for yuor information, the "Queens English" refers to the the dialect, not to the words used.
A person can have perfect grammar, and use the correct dictionary definitions of words, but unless they speak in a certain dialect, they don't speak the Queens English.
---alan_of_UK on 8/3/07

Earl Grey # 2 You don't know what dialect or accent I have, but Bristol has a very distinctive one, which is very different from that in nearby Somerset (only 10 miles outside Bristol) Neither are "Queens English".
Most Britons are tolerant enough not to give a toss what accent anyone has, but we do find it important to know the different regional meanings of words. And that is important between Englsih speaking countries too.
---alan_of_UK on 8/3/07

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St Tropez ... What on earth gives you the idea that I don't wear a swimming suit?
---alan_of_UK on 8/3/07

Earl Grey ... You say "we don't sweat the small stuff"
An excellent example of why I show that I am from a country that is not the US.
That phrase means nothing in my country, but does in yours.
Does it not help if we understand that we do not all come from the same place, and that words may mean different things to us?
---alan_of_UK on 8/3/07

Earl Grey ... Incidently, we too have innumerable accents and dialects. Some are so strong that we can't understand each other.
For example, I don't inderstand Scouse, and a Liverpudlian would find Zumerzet difficult, and that is very different from Brisle, although only a few miles away.
Very few of us talk like the toffs of Titanic
---alan_of_UK on 8/3/07

EarlGray: You have no clue what you are talking about. Alan has used his name as he does to distinguish himself from other Alans who may post. He is not a snob, nor does he put on airs. You are too rude to be a Christian who is filled with the Holy Spirit.
---Trish9863 on 8/2/07

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Alan wants all of us to know that he's British. And we know by now, for crying outloud. No one else uses their country's initials except Alan. He's proud that he speaks the Queen's English, but we Americans speak with every dialect/accent you can think of. We have flexible, loose upper lips and we speak slang. As long as we understand each other, we don't sweat the small stuff. Now Alan, he wants to stand out and makes sure that we never forget it.
---Earl_Grey on 8/2/07

Rebecca ... Thank you so much!! You are right ... I asked the question about the word "conversate" because I had never heard it used over here, and was interested about its use in the USA
Many words differ in useage between our two countries, and it is interesting to know about these, so that we can communicate without misunderstanding.
---alan_of_UK on 8/2/07

Helen: You seem bitter in most of your answers. When replying to a person, you speak without thinking or type without thinking. Alan asked a simple question and I gave a simple answer. Why do you come off being rude in your answers? You do that often but yet you criticize others on their answers.
---Rebecca_D on 8/2/07

Who cares about words. We won't be given an English test when we stand before Jesus.
---Helen_5378 on 8/2/07

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Alan: it is used by me. I don't know about anyone else. I like the word.
---Rebecca_D on 8/1/07

Alan, you don't wear a swimming suit, and we would consider that indecent exposure, over exposure and a crime.
---St._Tropez on 8/1/07

Rebecca Is "conversate" a word in the US?
I've never heard it here.
Strange how words differ in the different countries.
In another blog, Mary used the word "bummed". Now in the UK that would be regarded as very common, if not indecent.
---alan_of_UK on 8/1/07

Well it may be that they want to conversate on the word and don't know if your still on the milk or onto the meat. When I first read this question, I thought of my Grandma. She just turned 91 years old. She has been a Christian almost all of her life. You can tell she has been traveling this road for a long time. Sometimes a person can tell without asking.
---Rebecca_D on 7/31/07

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Because they like you and want to know more about you.
---DoryLory on 7/31/07

Thinking about this question I am reminded that many times " babes in Christ" impart wisdom to me now a Christian for 49 years. Also young Christians forced me to constantly reevaluate my particular positions on different matters concerning Christianity.
---Mima on 7/31/07

The reason I ask is because I want to learn from mature Christians by watching there life. Seeing how they react to good and bad situations. I know mature Christians have been through many battles, have been shot many times on the battle field yet their still in the race. Mature christian have great endurance.
---Marcia on 7/31/07

I think Christians often ask that question because they want to know if the person is part of their family,the family of God. We are warned by the Word of God not to be unequally yoked,I believe that includes not having a nonChristian as your best friend. It's good to know who stands with you in the faith.
---Darlene_1 on 7/31/07

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