Definitions of a Christian………..


I have an interest lately in the definition of just what is a “Christian”. The definition of a Christian according to Merriam- Webster Online is : 1 a: one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ b (1): disciple 2 (2): a member of one of the Churches of Christ separating from the Disciples of Christ in 1906 (3): a member of the Christian denomination having part in the union of the United Church of Christ concluded in 19612: the hero in Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress

Here is yet another definition of “Christian” : Christian \Chris”tian\, n. [L. christianus, Gr. ?; cf. AS. cristen. See Christ.]1. One who believes, or professes or is assumed to believe, in Jesus Christ, and the truth as taught by Him; especially, one whose inward and outward life is conformed to the doctrines of Christ.
The disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. –Acts xi. 26.
2. One born in a Christian country or of Christian parents, and who has not definitely becomes an adherent of an opposing system.
3. (Eccl.) (a) One of a Christian denomination which rejects human creeds as bases of fellowship, and sectarian names. They are congregational in church government, and baptize by immersion. They are also called
Disciples of Christ, and Campbellites. (b) One of a sect (called Christian Connection) of open-communion immersionists. The Bible is their only authoritative rule of faith and practice.
Note: In this sense, often pronounced, but not by the members of the sects, kr[=i]s”chan.
Source: Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)


And from another source, another definition of “Christian” :

Wikipedia English

Christian
For other uses of the term Christian, see
Christian (disambiguation).A Christian is a follower of Jesus of Nazareth, referred to as the Christ. Christians believe Jesus to be the Son of God, who lived a life befitting that of the creator of the universe, free of sin and full of love, who at the end of his earthly life was crucified, and then on the third day, rose from the dead, and later ascended into heaven. These beliefs are held by the vast majority of Christian denominations.
See more at Wikipedia.org…

Wikipedia also says this about who is a “Christian”:

The definition of who is a “Christian” varies among different Christian groups. Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, and many Protestants define a Christian as one who has become a member of the Church through the sacrament of baptism. In these churches, infants who are baptized may be considered Christians, although they are expected to make a personal affirmation of faith when old enough to decide for themselves.
Evangelical and fundamentalist denominations do not practice infant baptism and do not believe that baptism is connected with salvation (a sacrament). Rather, they consider it to be a public voluntary act of identifying oneself with Jesus Christ. They encourage youth and adults to “become Christians” by personally “accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior,” and to follow that decision with Believer’s Baptism. These groups also use the phrase “born-again” (John 3:3) to describe becoming a Christian.
A few denominations and sects teach that Believer’s baptism is necessary for
salvation — the transition from non-Christian to Christian (see Baptismal regeneration). They define a Christian as one who has been baptized as a repenting adult.
Within countries where Christianity is the historical majority religion, the term is also used by some in a casual generic sense to indicate that they are not members of nor affiliated with any other religion – therefore considering themselves Christians by default.
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And finally, this definition from : http://www.religioustolerance.org/christ.htm

There are probably thousands of different definitions of the word “Christian.” We have chosen the same inclusive definition as is used by public opinion pollsters and government census offices: A “Christian” includes any group or individual who seriously, devoutly, prayerfully describes themselves as Christian. Under this definition, Christianity includes: Roman Catholics, Southern Baptists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, United Church members, even a small minority of Unitarian Universalists, etc.

Wow. It is simply amazing at how many different definitions of “Christian” are floating around these days. But the one common thread in all of these definitions is this : one who professes belief in, or is a follower of, Jesus Christ, or one who describes themselves as “Christian”. Wow. That sounds to me like those members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) are indeed “Christian” as defined by the numerous sources cited above. IMHO

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