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What is a 'Christian?'

Posted: July 21, 2011 - 9:26pm

Over a lifetime I have studied and come to understand a little bit of what it means when a person says, “This is what I believe.”

It means, I think, that this is what a person accepts, believes not on the basis of some scientific evidence of explanation but what they feel emotionally, from experience or learning. The person may be a Christian, a Buddhist, a Muslim or Hindu that responds. Or even one apart from traditional, worldwide religions, like a belief in a spirit world, a personal feeling of a relationship with nature and the world around us.

In logic, the first thing a person has to do is to try and draw lines around a term and what it means. That is called the “definition” of a term

We hear many times that “This is what I think is Christian.” Or, even more strongly “This is or is not ‘Christian.’” Or even that “We are a Christian nation.”

I would like to hear, and perhaps many others, would like to hear is, “What makes a Christian a Christian?”, or “What is a Christian,” as distinct or similar to or from others?

We have heard religious leaders from various beliefs explain their convictions, doctrines, beliefs and feelings. I as an individual, would like to hear from the people of Juneau, “What do you think it means when one says that he or she is a Christian?”

What is your definition of a “Christian person?”

Wally Olson

Auke Bay

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