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What is a Christian?

How do I know if someone is a Christian or not?

Christians are not strange people.  They are not radical fundamentalist, as some would have you believe.  Christians are not someone who needs a crutch to stand on.  Nor are they mentally insecure.  Christians are just like any other people trying to navigate the pitfalls of this world.  They are like anyone else, trying to love their families and do right by their friends and neighbors.

The government and their manipulation by “radical lobbyist” have tried to place any Bible believing Christian in the closet of society.  To do so, they must show the evils of being a Christian and get the public to agree with them. It doesn’t matter if it is true or not, as long as people believe it.

They do this so they can make themselves look good in the eyes of others.  To elevate yourself in the eyes of the world, you can either ascribe to greatness yourself or you can put down all others around you.  That way, when you are the last man standing, you can be the king of the mountain.

Adolph Hitler understood this when he victimized the Jews, Gypsies, Communist, Homosexuals and unfit.  In putting them down in society, he gave the perception that the individual common German was greater than the others.  He effectively changed their class by changing their perceived position in regards to the classes and races he victimized.  This is how the world is making themselves great in their own eyes today.  They victimize the common Christian, putting him in an imaginary lower class of people so that others wake up one day and imagine that they have risen a few rungs on the ladder of success.

Despite their best efforts to change the class system, people are still people.  We all have the same desires, goals and characteristics because we were all made in the image of God (Gen. 1:27).  Yet, there are some very big differences between a Christian and a person of the world.  These differences are “big” because they are matters of life and death (Deut. 30:15).  Yes, I know that everyone dies, but just keep reading for once.  You can learn something.

Christians are saved.  I know that this phrase has been tossed around in so many ways, with so many negative connotations that you think you know all about it; But do you really?  From the Bible’s point of view, being “saved” means that true Christians are saved from going to hell.  Not because they have earned it, but because it is a gift given to them that they don’t deserve.  Someone stood in and paid for them so they don’t have to go to hell.  That person is Jesus Christ.  He paid for everyone so they don’t have to go to hell, but not everyone will be saved from that destiny.  Everyone who does not accept what Jesus did for them will go to hell and remain there forever.  This is what true Christians mean when they say they are saved.

[pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Christians are sinners.  They do not claim to be sinless. They know that everyone has sinned and comes short of God’s glory.[/pullquote]

Christians are sinners.  Somehow the world has conditioned its lemming like followers that Christians claim to be sinless.  Even Christians are mixed up on this very point.  From time to time they will refer to the unsaved person of the world as “sinners”, while at the same time implying that they claim to be sinless.  Real Bible believing Christians know that everyone has sinned and come short of God’s glory, including themselves.  Christians are sinners.

Christians are the children of God.  Yes!  Everyone was created in the image of God, but when sin entered the human race, God’s image in man was removed.  People get all hung up on this point.  They say, “Do you mean that people like Charles Manson was created in the image of God?”  Or they go to the other extreme and say, “I can’t believe that God would send that young angel to hell.  What kind of God would do that?”  I have spent most of my ministry explaining this over and over again to people.  It truly must be a pressure point that the Devil can use to get people all tripped up.  Here we go again:  Man was originally created in the image of God: Body, Spirit and Soul.  When man sinned, his spirit lost Gods image.  Man retained his body and soul, but his spirit no longer reflected God’s spirit.  When you get saved, God returns His spirit to you.  You then become complete.  You do this by getting born again.  Your body and soul doesn’t get born again.  You get spiritually born.  Anyone who gets born again becomes saved.  Anyone!  Why?  Because of God’s forgiveness.  He doesn’t care what you think about it.  He is only interested what He thinks about it.  Because it is a spiritual thing, you can not determine a person’s sincerity.  Only God can do that.  Therefore, the greatest and most beautiful do gooder can go straight to hell if they are not spiritually born again.  Likewise, the most wicked vile person you have ever seen can go to heaven if they get spiritually born again.  God can do this because He is the creator and He has determined that salvation will be contingent upon being born again or not.  He can freely forgive anyone who gets born again.  Likewise, He can condemn anyone who does not.  Regarding how He makes this decision, He only cares about one thing, “Did you get born again or not?”

Anyone who gets born again, He calls them his children.  They refer to Him as Father.  He rejects all others and He is completely fair in doing so.

Christians go to church.  Although many people go to church for many reasons, Christians do so because they desire fellowship with God and His children.  Even though God walks with them everywhere they go because of His omnipresence, they like to go to church because He likes to go to church.  To a Christian, church is a small taste of what heaven will be like; even with all of it’s flaws, it is the closest thing they have to heaven down here on the earth.  Other people go to church to see what they can get out of it.  Christians go to church to see what they can put into it.  It gives them an opportunity to love others in a loving and safe environment.  Christians don’t have to go to church, they get to go to church.

Christians tell people about Jesus.  Face it.  If it were not for Christians, nobody in the world today would know about Jesus at all.  If it weren’t for Christians there would be nothing for Atheist to worry about.  Oh, God would still be here, but nobody would know about Him at all.  But, is that the reason Christians tell people about Jesus; to make Him famous?  No!  Christians tell people about Jesus because they are excited about Him.  They appreciate what He has done for them; and the love that they have experienced through Him.  They want to share that wonderfully liberating experience with their friends, family and others.  They so appreciate Him that they can hardly contain themselves from telling others.  Look at it like this: If you were to win the lottery, wouldn’t you want to share that news with those closest and dearest to you?  Be true to yourself now.  Of course you would.  Well, Christians have something far better than the lottery.  They have eternal life based upon the promise of God.

Christians read the Bible.  The rest of the world doesn’t read the Bible, but Christians do.  Real Christians want to get their nose into that book and learn what it says.  They are curious about God and what He has done.  They want to know more about this love that they now have, and the person with whom it originates.

Christians are just common people with all of the same problems and struggles as everyone else.  They are not perfect, nor are they sinless.  But they do have hope.  It is a hope that allows them to take the journey of life with a much different attitude from the rest of the world.  The next time you encounter a Christian, don’t be so quick to judge them and label them as hate mongers, for in so doing, you become guilty of that which you accuse them as being.

Learn about Jesus.  You just might realize you were missing something you didn’t even know existed.

One thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.

Most people are blind to Christianity, but they think they know a great deal about it.  They form their opinion about Jesus based on what other people have told them.  They have never even opened the Bible and given God a chance to show them about Himself.  They are blind.

The blind man had been healed.  The Pharisees were skeptical as usual.  They would not accept that he had been blind from birth, so they called in his parents to testify.  “How did he get healed?” they demanded. 

“We don’t know,” said his parents.  “We do know that he was born blind though.  He’s a full grown man.  He is of age. Ask him yourself.”

Turning to the accused blind man the Pharisees said, “How did he do this thing?  He is a sinner.  If you are healed, give God the glory and not this man.”

“I don’t know if he is a sinner or not.  But there is one thing I know for sure; I was blind, but now I see.”

“What did he do to you?”

“I already told you.  Weren’t you listening?  How many times do you want me to tell you?  I was blind but now I see.”

This is what happens to the Bible believing, born again child of God.  It is hard to explain what it is like to be saved to the unsaved.  Where they once walked in the darkness of sin, they now walk in the glorious light of the Lord God.

The unsaved think when a person gets saved, it is because they are weak and need a crutch to get by in life.  Or they think you just went crazy and began looking for anything that will help you with your problems.  They are just like the Pharisees in this story.  They keep demanding an answer of how you got saved or they ask others without talking to you at all.  This is because they simply don’t understand.  And, they never will unless they try it themselves.

Now I don’t like to emphasis this too much because the cults make much ado of getting a feeling that no one can understand:  The Mormons have “a burning of the bosom.”  Charismatic’s have “speaking in tongues” or “the baptism of the holy spirit.  Berean’s have the “knowing in their heart.”  These are all perversions of what this blind man said: “One thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.”  For the cults, this can mean that they are superior because they have something that you don’t, and it is subjective so they can keep you from attaining their Pharisaical level of holiness.

Not this blind man however.  His eyes were physically open.  No one could deny that this wonderful thing had happened for him.  This is where the so called “faith healers” fall short of the holiness of God.  Every thing they “heal” is subjective and there is no way to prove it other than the person telling how he “feels.”  But the physical is something much different. This is why true conversion, true salvation is accompanied by outward physical change.

When I got saved, I started reading my Bible.  I wanted to read my Bible.  I craved reading my Bible.  When I read it, I began finding answers.  As I began applying what I learned in the Bible to what I saw in the world around me, in a subjective sense, my eyes were opened.  But, in the physical sense, I changed as well.  I wanted to hear things about God.  I began the wonderful transformation to a new life in Christ.  I quit drinking; not because I thought I had a drinking problem, but because I had no craving for it anymore.  I quit smoking.  Not because I felt as though I needed to, but because I had no desire to smoke anymore.  My whole personage changed:  my attire, interests, music, appetites and demeanor.  And, I was not the one who noticed it.  It was my friends.  They were the ones who sought me out and said, “What happened to you?”

“I got born again.”

“What’s that?”

“I don’t really know, but I asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins and accepted His free gift of eternal life.  And you can accept it too.  He has a gift just for you.  All you have to do is take it.”

“Are you serious?”  I was at a pot party and everyone was passing around the booze and drugs, intently listening to me.  I had only been saved about one week.

“Sure.  God has it and it is just for you.  In fact, He has one for each one of you.  All you have to do is just take it.  That’s what I did.  What’s stopping you?”

“My family goes to church.”

“I went to church when I was a kid.”

“I was confirmed.”

I didn’t know much about religion at all.  I had not even been to church by that time.  I replied to them, “I don’t know much about that.  All I know is that I got saved and I am born again and I see things differently.”

“What church do you go to?”

“I don’t go to church, but I’d like to.”

It was confusing to them.  But it wasn’t confusing to me.  The Lord had changed my life.  He had changed me so much so that even my secular friends had seen it.  And, when He changes your life; when you are allowed to see where once you were blind, others will see the change in your life as well.  It is not just that you see things differently; others who know you and observe you will know that something has happened.  They too will be able to see the wonderful work of God in you.