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Are You a Christian?

By: R. L. Wilson

When someone is called a Christian today, it may be difficult to know what the name means:

  • In many parts of the world a person may be considered a Christian only because he is NOT a Muslim, or a Jew, or Hindu, or a member of some other religion group;
  • Some people believe they are Christians because they live in a “Christian” country, such as the United States of America;
  • Many people think they are Christians because they live good lives, or treat other people kindly;
  • There are also many people who think they are Christians because they attend church regularly, or because they are members of some particular religious group.

But when we use the word Christian, we have a different meaning. In Acts 11:20-26 [NIV] we read:

Some believers from Cyprus and Cyrene went to Antioch.…They told them the good news about the Lord Jesus. The Lord’s power was with them. Large numbers of people believed and turned to the Lord. The church in Jerusalem heard about this. So they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad. He told them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts.… At Antioch the believers were called Christians for the first time.

These verses tell us two very important things about the believers who were “called Christians.”

First, these people “believed and turned to the Lord.” Many people think they will go to heaven because they treat others well, or because they do good things, or because they go to church. But the Bible says only those who “believe on Jesus” [Acts 16:31] will go to heaven. This means that you know the wrong things you do (sins) have separated you from God, and you need the blood of Jesus [John 3:16] to bring you back together with God.

Second, these people “remained true to the Lord with all their hearts.” This means that they learned through reading their Bibles, praying, and listening to teachers how Jesus wanted them to live. They chose to live in God’s way in spite of the difficulties they faced.

So, what is a Christian? A Christian is one who believes that Jesus Christ is the only way to be accepted by God; a Christian is one who follows the teachings of God which have been revealed in the Bible. If you would like to know more about being a Christian in this way, please follow these links:

How to Become a Christian

How to Know with Absolute Certainty You are Going to Heaven


R. L. Wilson

R. L. Wilson

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2 years ago

The very first thing you want is money,

Sudesh Mahajan
Sudesh Mahajan
2 years ago

All religious people all over the world are the biggest hypocrites and full of fears

2 years ago
Reply to  Sudesh Mahajan

I acknowledge what u say because all the religions which r to scrab only fears,,,,and we should develop an attitude of humanity,,

vijay kumar
vijay kumar
3 years ago

dear Bro please prey for my family
my name is vijay kumar my vif shanti I have a 2 children’s 1yester neelima 2 preyanka.

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