What is a Christian?
Can anyone be a Christian?
Is it like being a Canadian?
Questions we know the answers to often seem like dumb questions. If you were born in
Canada you are a Canadian, unless you've moved or died. Are Canadian's Christian? Well, some are and some aren't.
Many people say they are Christians, and often think they are Christians, but may not be.
If you go to a Christian Church does that make you a Christian? Well, maybe.
So who are Christians?
Christians are people, like any of us, who have, usually anytime after the age
of ten or twelve and often as adults, made a conscious decision to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.
At this time, they have repented and accepted Jesus as the Son of God, accepted the fact that he was crucified and came
back to life and is here with us now. As Christians, we acknowledge the Trinity of God, the fact that while we have
one God, he is available to us as God the Father, the Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, aka the Holy Ghost.
What else do Christians know?The Bible is much more than a book of words. From time to time
I still marvel at this. In Matthew 19, verse 26, Jesus says, "with God all things are possible." In
Philippians 4:13, the Apostle Paul says, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
These two Bible quotes tell a huge story. Christians know that God is really there, they don't have to
guess or wonder. From Psalms 34:10 "The young lions do lack and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall
not want any good thing."
God provides, and He is capable of anything, and he is there for us
if we look for him.
While it is not unusual for Christians to have moments of doubt in their faith,
this is different
from what non believers experience. For both there is sometimes a willingness to ignore the
evidence. Non believers tend to want proof that God exists. Most Christians have been given proof and are
aware of the evidence in favor but still have self-serving or emotional moments of doubt.
Factors here that make a difference include religious education at a young age and whether one of both parents
modeled connections to God.
How do Christians behave?
Active Christians strive to behave like Jesus behaved. Jesus followed the
ten commandments plus the two he mentions in Matthew 22:37. "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy
heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind." And the second, "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."
Notice I said strive to behave like Jesus behaved. Because we are human we can only strive for
this level of perfection. "Thy neighbor" is other humans on this planet. So how do Christians behave: I like
verse 5 in Philippians Chapter 4: "Let your gentleness be evident to all."
What does it mean to be born again?
In the Bible book of John, 3:3, Jesus says, "Very truly
I tell you, no one can see the Kingdom of God unless they are born again." Being born again is a protestant
rite in which a person, by prayer, usually in the presence of others, makes a commitment to Jesus as
their Lord and Savior. Baptism, often full emersion, is sometimes involved. The result of this
commitment to God results in a direct and personal relationship with God. Repenting of sins is considered to
ba a part of this process, as it involves a turning around of attitude and belief.
Christians know they are Christians because they feel their connection to God.
Their connection is formed from God's presence in them. God puts the Holy Spirit in them when they are
Often, the more the Christian person reaches out to God the more active the Holy Spirit will be in their life.
Reaching out to God can include prayer, Bible reading and following God's commandments.
experience the Holy Spirit in different ways
that can include God answering your prayers, God
making things happen in your life and God being active in your dreams.
Sometimes it is very obvious that God
has intervened in your life and sometimes it's less obvious. If a Christian tells you about his
experiences of God, they often fall flat to the listener who may think the person just had good luck. However
the person experiencing the event often has a more full personal accounting than they can express: it is
a sureness in them that God is active in their life.
Baby Christenings, differ from Baptism, and are referred to as naming ceremonies.
That's what they are.
The baby is publicly named before God. It's an important ceremony because it presents the child to the church as a
new member.Baptism is different.
To be baptized you must be old enough
and mature enough to make an informed decision to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. Often this
decision is made between you and your church leader and possibly your parents.
A Personal Story
Reading through this website you will by now realize that I am a
born again Christian. I was late in life coming
to Christ. I have had periods with Christ in my life and periods without Him. The periods with Christ have
been so much better. He is my strength and my life.