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What is a Christian

Discussion in 'Questions about CF (+Tech Support)' started by OzSpen, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. OzSpen

    OzSpen Regular Member

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    Dear staff,

    I note that the Theology directory is Theology (Christians Only). Perhaps this information is available elsewhere on this very large CF, but I'd like to know how CF defines a Christian if we are to obey "Christians Only".

    The reason I ask is that I'm writing my doctoral dissertation on a man who states over and over, "I am a Christian", but he doubts just about everything in the Scriptures, does not believe in the virgin birth, and claims Christ's resurrection was an apparition.

    Therefore, I need to know how you determine if a person is a Christian or not. Are you following the definition of a Christian according to people like John Shelby Spong, Lloyd Geering, D A Carson or Ravi Zacharias? Are you defining a Christian biblically and if so, what is the CF definition of how you determine if a poster on CF is a Christian?

    Or, don't you define "a Christian" very precisely? Can I attend a very theologically liberal (modernist or postmodernist), Anglican, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, Uniting or United Church, believe as that church does, and still call myself a Christian? Is such a "Christian" acceptable on CF?

    I'd appreciate your advice.

    Sincerely, Oz
     
  2. Nilla

    Nilla No longer on staff

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  3. OzSpen

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    Nilla,

    Thanks so much for this clarification and the links to the Statement of Faith and the Nicene Creed. That clarifies a great deal for me.

    In Christ,
    Oz
     
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    You're welcome.


    God bless!
     
  5. SophiaC

    SophiaC Guest

    I saw a lot of people claiming they are Christians but did not exercise their spirit, do not go to church every Sunday, doubts Gods word and believe in science.
    They are nice people, because I have a friend like that.

    However, I don't count them as Christians, because a true believer has faith in God, and will come walk with the cross with God.
     
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    JCFantasy23 By the grace of God we go Staff Member Supervisor Supporter Angels Team

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    All Christians are on their own personal walks with God. For the sake of site we did have to create a general definition, however, and that is to adhere to the Nicene Creed. We do not judge Christians by their actions, going to church, etc., here, nor do we argue against what icon they have chosen. Hope this helps.
     
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