A Christian is someone who believes in Jesus Christ and follows his example. The term comes from the Bible, Acts 11:26:
- "...and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called 'Christians'"
A Christian loves God and therefore he obeys joyfully everything God revealed in the Old and New Testament. This attitude is the most important sign of a Christian. Out of it follows the readiness to give up everything godless in order to live a holy and pure life according to the example of Jesus. Furthermore, a Christian is characterized by loving his neighbors and brothers in faith. He adheres to the teaching of Jesus and puts it in practice in his daily life in fellowship with other Christians. There are different terms used in the New Testament for "Christian" like "disciple of Jesus", "believer", "child of God", "brother", "saint", "beloved" which show a bit the kind of relationship Christians have with each other and with God. Apostle John gives a simple answer to the question who a Christian is in his first letter:
- "Whoever claims to live in him [Jesus] must walk as Jesus did." (1 John 2:6)
Christian is also the name of the protagonist in The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan.
Christian is also a popular first name, especially in Northern Europe.
Who is a Christian? - from the point of view of the Bible
- Adapted from the Wikipedia article, "Christian" October 28,