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What is a Christian?

Can anyone be a Christian?

Does a Christian have values?

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. Read on to get answers to these questions.

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 within 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.

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 usually results in a direct and personal relationship with God. Repenting of sins is considered to be 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 born again. 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.

You may experience the Holy Spirit in different ways that can include God answering your prayers, God speaking to you in your head, God blessing your day with a lot of joy, 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.