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-What is a Christian?

The name 'christian' first came about in the city of Antioch.(pic): Acts 11:26.

"When Syria was conquered by Rome in B.C.E. 64, Antioch was the metropolis of Syria and became the eastern capital of the Roman Empire. Antioch, known as Antakya in modern history, was captured by the Turks in 1516 A.D. and it remained a part of the Ottoman Empire until shortly after World War I, 1914-1918, when it was granted to Syria under a French mandate. Founded in B.C.E. 300, the city was the ancient capital of the Seleucid.dynasty, which ruled Syria at the close of B.C.E. the 4th century and of a province of the Roman Empire. Strategically located at the crossroads of important caravan routes, it became a center of commerce and one of the leading cities of the world, famous for a magnificence of architecture rivaled only by Rome and Alexandria."....Microsoft® Encarta® Encyclopedia 99. © 1993-1998 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

A Christian is the name.(Acts 11:26).in the New Testament of the Holy Bible, a name used first by the Greeks to describe what they noted as one who followed teachings of Emmanuel.

A spiritual person is one who loves and cares for others.(1John 4:8), one in whose heart the Holy Nature of love, called the Holy Spirit of the Great Infinite One resides and from which one expresses the fruits of the teachings of Emmanuel:.Galatians 3:26 "For you are all the children of God by faith in Christ Emmanuel." 1Corinthians 15:58 "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be you stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as you know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.".Emmanuel came to exemplify the high quality attributes of spirituality. A spiritual person is a person who lives by his soul connected with the Infinite One and not by his ego.

The word Christian written in Greek was 'christos' meaning 'anointed'. So, a Christian was one of those who was, as they say, 'in Christ' and what does that mean?

Too many religious people use the word 'Christian' for their own nefarious purposes, besmirching the true meaning of the word.

These are those with rigid.adherence, not to the ways of love, but to tenets of some church they may attend. So, on the one hand we have this as opposed to that which is paramount over all, having a relationship with God.

Remember the 'holy' wars of the middle ages and the Inquisition? Remember Grotius who did his best in reasoning with leaders to reduce bloodshed. They didn't listen. They were as leaders have mostly been since there have been leaders; example:.Numbers 14:43-45. If they had listened with an ear to apply what was heard, the world today would be in a greater peaceful state than it presently is.

Wars were simply excuses for some to gain control over others, for their greedy evil purposes. Some wars recorded in the Old Testament could also be said to be holy wars, as God does use war in His plans sometimes. See the history of Old Testament kings.

Lack of love is the disqualifier making one unfit to be in any position where others are involved. One has to look at what others do to see if they are a real Christian and are as they say 'fit in the Lord'. Like with anyone or anything, use your guidance. How?

Nowhere in the Holy Bible does it say to accept Christ as your personal savior, so you can gain salvation. Why? Three reasons. 1) You were 'saved' and had salvation long before you were in the physical, because of being a created expression of God:.2Timothy 1:9. God doesn't create losers.
2) The scriptures know who you really are:.Proverbs 4:20-27; John 6:63.
3) It's the importance of belief that is paramount.

How can you accept that which you already have? You may agree with what you have, but this 'accepting' thing presupposes you didn't have it and should now accept. If you don't know you have it, it has to be awakened to in order to have some use.

We are made accepted:.Acts 10:34,35 "Then Peter opened his mouth and said Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.(doesn't just give the gift of salvation only to those who 'accept Him as their savior'). But in every nation he that fears him and works righteousness.(the subject 'Righteousness is about what 'working' righteousness means).is accepted with him.".More.

The Bible does talk a lot about the real Christ and those who hijacked his name for their own brands of religion; again, a control of people mechanism.

"Christ's perfection at the resurrection was imputed to all mankind by God's choice. Far from individuals making 'a decision for Christ', God made a decision for each and every person."....Mike Williams. And what was that decision?.1Corinthians 15:22; Colossians 1:12-22. And when is it recorded that God made it:.2Timothy 1:9.

It does talk a lot of the historical Emmanuel also. It does say we have been accepted as equals to God. Otherwise, it's the same as in the Old Testament where they wanted a king to rule over them and not God.(Jeremiah 44:16,17).and the things of God. In this they chose the low consciousness ego realm and shut out the higher consciousness.realm of the soul.

True Christians have a 'savior' quality about them; that is, they care sincerely about others, taking action when needed to help and to protect others in need. When one desires to be more loving, that is proof that the nature of this One we call God is in him or her. The lock on the kingdom of God is automatic.

A good example of this 'savior' quality is: Jews are threatened and harassed openly by some Muslim leaders in Denmark, a country where once Christian citizens worked to smuggle out nearly all of their 7,000 Jews by night to Sweden before the Nazis could invade.

It is one believing.(accepting as being true).Emmanuel is the Christ, that He is the testimony of this Great Infinite One and the belief of this constitutes a Christian:.Revelation 19:10; 1Corinthians 12:3; 1John 5:1.

These are they who believe in the preciousness of others, whether they may or may not be called Christian. These are they who do not cheat, who do not use and abuse others. These are they who are out to be 'all for you'; those whose actions and reactions are love. Example of reaction you may have; 'someone cuts you off while driving'. What reaction came to mind?

These are they who do not appropriate a name for social advantage, but who live from the heart in sincerity of expression toward others. These are they who rely on the power and truth in them, that of the Great Infinite Intelligence of the universe. These are they, whether or not they use or even know the name of 'Christian', are those who care for others and do their best in their interest toward others. They may have various other labels; labels such as Buddhist, Taoist, even atheist or Catholic or Hindu or Jew. It matters not. What matters with all of us is what we individually are in our heart. What matters is our feelings that lead us to act and to react how we do.

Many believe in Emmanuel the Christ:.James 2:19. That does not necessarily make them Christians or other sincere spiritual persons:.Matthew 7:21-23 "Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that does the will of my Father.(and what is that?).which is in heaven.(God is omnipresent, everywhere in the invisible; the word 'heaven' is not a physical place but a state of high consciousness, for God is the spirit, the attitude of high consciousness:.John 4:24). Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name and in your name have cast out devils and in your name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you, depart from me, you work iniquity."

In the original Greek 'Christian' means 'a follower of Christ'.(know what this means regarding consciousness). The name was first used in Antioch, which is in Syria, on the river Orontes, about 16 miles from the Mediterranean and some 300 miles north of Jerusalem. It was the metropolis of Syria and afterwards became the capital of the Roman province in Asia. Antioch ranked third, after Rome and Alexandria, in point of importance, of the cities of the Roman Empire. It was regarded by the Romans as the "first city of the East". It was here the name 'Christian' first came to be:.Acts 11:26.".....And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch."
   The beginnings of Christianity.
   The dispensation of Christianity.
   Christianity is relationship with God.
   Easton's Bible Dictionary:."Christian is the name given by the Greeks or Romans, probably in reproach, to the followers of Emmanuel. It was first used at Antioch. The names by which the disciples were known among themselves were 'brethren', 'the faithful', 'elect', 'saints', 'believers'. But as distinguishing them from the multitude without, the name 'Christian' came into use and was universally accepted. This name occurs but three times in the New Testament:.Acts 11:26; 26:28; 1Peter 4:16."
   A Christian is one in whom is the Holy Spirit, effectively making him a member of the God family

-What more does the Bible say about superstition? Acts 17:22,23

Some are so superstitious that they just must have 'all bases covered' as in Judges 17:1-6.(re ephod and teraphim in verse 5). No doubt because of superstition many ancients were into divination.
    "Superstition is the 'religion' of feeble minds."....Edmund Burke.

-What will we be like in the next life?
There's really no 'next life'. We are living eternal beings now and have existed as such forever; see 'Predestination'. There is a next step in our existence. 

However, our resurrected body in which we.(our spirit, what it is that is you or makes you, you).will be able to eat and no doubt do all the things you can enjoy here now in the physical. God takes nothing good away, He only adds

From David Guzik's Commentary: "The best example we have of what a resurrection body will be like is to see what Emmanuel's post.(after).resurrection body was like."

It could become a material body. Emmanuel ate:.Luke 24:39-43.

Emmanuel was not bound by the laws of the physical world:.Luke 24:31,36,37

We are made into the image of the resurrected body that is called Christ:.2Corinthians 3:18; 1Corinthians 15:35-49.
 


-I saw the movie The DaVinci Code, where it indicated that Emmanuel may have had a child, which would mean that He had a relationship with, as the movie said, Mary Magdalene. So, my question is, Did Emmanuel have a sexual relationship with Mary Magdalene?
-Was the New Testament Influenced by Pagan Philosophy?.(look up at equip.org)
-Was the New Testament Influenced by Pagan Religions?.(look up at equip.org)

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"Behave so the aroma of your actions may enhance the general sweetness
of the atmosphere."....Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862, author, naturalist
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