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What is a Christian?

(This post originally appeared on my now-deleted MySpace blog in 2008)
A few days ago I posted an entry called “Are Mormons Christian?”

Interestingly, that question has appeared on a couple of Yahoo Groups I belong to and, like a comment on my Blog entry, among the responses the answer often was “That depends on how you define “Christian”.

This was my attempt at a very brief, concise, and inclusive defintion of Christian.

I believe a Christian is one who who can say the Aposltle’s Creed (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostles’_Creed) without reservation, believes and accepts Jesus is both fully human and fully divine, that Jesus is their highest Authority. 

In addition, and of no lesser importance, a Christian knows that the entire law is found in “You shall love God with all that one is, and that one will love their fellow humans (even enemies) in the same way they love themselves.” And knowing that a follower of Jesus, aka a Christian , tries daily to obey that law, in thought, word, and deed.

A Christian, IMHO, knows that nothing s/he does wins salvation (“for by grace are ye saved”), but what she does is both a proof and a response to that salvation

The officials within it are roaring lions;
its judges are evening wolves
that leave nothing until the morning.
Its prophets are reckless, faithless persons;
its priests have profaned what is sacred,
they have done violence to the law.
The Lord within it is righteous;
he does no wrong.
Every morning he renders his judgment,
each dawn without fail;
but the unjust knows no shame.
– Zephaniah 3:3-5

It is so much easier sometimes to sit down and be resigned than to rise up and be indignant. – Nellie McClung,In Times Like These

Live simply. Love generously.
Care deeply. Speak kindly.
Leave the rest to God.

‘God does not share his love between all of his creatures; He gives *all* of his love to *each* of His creatures!’ (Hugh of St. Victor).


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