It is easy to look at the huge variety of people who call themselves Christians and be confused about exactly what a Christian is.
Sometimes people use “Christian” just to mean a moral person or as a word to describe someone who goes to church. Some people think “Christian” refers to a political view.
The first time anyone was called a Christian is recorded in the Bible. “It was at Antioch that the believers were first called Christians” (Acts 11:26, New Living Translation).
The people who believed that Jesus was God also chose to live like Him. As a result, a group of people in Antioch teasingly applied Jesus' title of Christ as a label for His followers.
The word “Christian” is less important than the spiritual reality it illustrates.
Many people think they must behave a certain way to become a Christian. The Bible explains that becoming a Christian is not about behavior, but about responding to Jesus' offer of forgiveness.
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it”
(Ephesians 2:8,9, NLT).
However, people behave differently after becoming a Christian because their relationship with God changes them. People do good things for many reasons, but a Christian is motivated to do good things because they love God.
It is impossible for us to know conclusively whether God exists and what He is like unless He takes the initiative and reveals Himself. We must scan the horizon of history to see if there is any clue to God’s revelation.
The Bible is clear about the exclusive claims of Jesus. Do we believe that what it says is true for everyone or just true for us?
Learn the basics of what Christians believe.
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