What Is A Christian?
WHAT IS A CHRISTIAN?
A few days ago someone was lambasting me once again for mistreating another person who thinks they are supposed to be treated very different from everyone else; in other words, someone who always wants to be treated special. By that I mean treated differently from all other members of a collective group or not having to comply with rules specified for a collective group, etc. One of the comments was: "I take it you are not a Christian."
Well, my first thought was what on earth does that have to do with the price of tea in China. Then I really thought about it. So, I set out to find out exactly what a Christian is and all that good stuff. Mind you I was born and raised in the Bible belt so it goes without saying that I had to go to church and all that stuff when I was growing up. Does the mere fact that you are a Christian make you better than those who are not? I do not think so. For one thing I sort of take it that the person making the statement considers themself to be a Christian. Well, I really do believe that what this person was doing had nothing to do with being a Christian since everything being said was untrue. What that boils down to is that there are good Christians and there are not so good Christians. There are good other people and not so good other people. Still, what is a Christian?
I read tons of stuff and still have no definitive answer. Here are some of the definitions which I think are very insteresting:
Webster’s Dictionary defines a Christian as “a person professing belief in Jesus as the Christ or in the religion based on the teaching of Jesus.”
Some definitions equate "religion" with "Christianity," and thus define two out of every three humans in the world as non-religious. (Guess that means non-Christian too.)
Judaism is one of three Abrahamic religions -- faiths which recognize Abraham as a Patriarch. The others are Christianity and Islam. Although Jews comprise only a small percentage of the human race, Jewish influence on the world has been vast -- far more than their numbers would indicate.
Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to Insight into the true nature of life. Buddhist practices such as meditation are means of changing oneself in order to develop the qualities of awareness, kindness, and wisdom.
Faith is believing what God says. When you choose to believe one person over another, you are giving more authority to what one person says than to the other. Faith is choosing to believe God instead of anyone or anything else.
This is my favorite and, quite frankly, the one I think is the most accurate:
The simple fact of the matter is, "Christian" is defined in different ways by different groups - and each group has just as much right to use that label as any other. The fact that some groups have beliefs that we find appealing and moral while others don't is irrelevant: the idea that those groups with unpleasant or nasty beliefs can somehow be excluded from the concept "Christian" is simply a form of special pleading known as the "No True Scotsman" fallacy.
So, am I a Christian? Who knows? I think it all depends on who you ask on any particular day! What I do know is that I AM AN AMERICAN. Therefore, I firmly believe in freedom of religion and I think my choice of religion is a very personal thing and is really not anyone else's business. I have absolutely zero tolerance for anyone who is constantly trying to push their religious beliefs down my throat!!