What is a Christian

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The word "Christian" carries many different meanings. Some people use it to mean that they are not adherents of a religion like Islam, Hinduism, etc. Other people say they are Christians to indicate that they try to lead a moral life and show concern for other people. Still other people say they are Christians to indicate that they are not atheists. The "frequently asked questions" below will help explain our view of what a Christian is.

Is there a God?

We see a natural world around us which reflects amazing complexity and intelligent design. King David wrote in the Psalm 19 that "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands."

Does God care about people?

With so much crime, sickness, and suffering in the world it might seem like God does not care about what is going on. However, God shows us his love daily by the many blessings He sends our way. He has also demonstrated His love by sending Jesus to die for our sins. The apostle John wrote "For God so loved the world that He sent His one and only son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).

If God is so loving, won't he let everyone into heaven?

God is truly a God of love, as John wrote in his first letter. However, God is also just. He must punish sin. As the apostle Paul wrote to the Romans, "God will give to each person according to what he has done" (Rom. 2:6). Later, Paul wrote, "The wages of sin is death" (Rom. 6:23).

How can a person satisfy God's demand for justice?

God has provided a way to satisfy His justice and also demonstrate His love. Jesus died for our sins, taking the entire punishment for all the sins we have committed or will ever commit. All we need to do is accept this payment. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved" (Acts 16:31).

So what is a Christian?

A Christian is a person who has accepted God's free gift of salvation. A Christian has God's promise of living forever in heaven, but can also serve Him while still on earth. A sincere Christian will have a lifestyle that reflects his or her commitment to God. Christians are instructed in the Bible to "Be imitators of God [...] as dearly loved children" (Eph. 5:1).

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