-What is a Christian?
The name 'christian' first
came about in the city of Antioch.(pic):
was conquered by Rome in B.C.E.
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
A Christian is the name.(Acts
of the Holy Bible, a name used first by the Greeks to describe what
they noted as one who followed teachings of Emmanuel.
person is one who loves and cares for others.(1John
4:8), one in whose heart the Holy
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."
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
Greek was 'christos' meaning 'anointed'. So, a Christian was one of
those who was, as they say, 'in Christ' and what
does that mean?
many religious people use the word 'Christian' for their own nefarious
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;
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
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
Like with anyone or anything, use your guidance.
Nowhere in the Holy Bible
does it say to accept Christ as your personal savior, so you can
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. You are already
accepted by God
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:.Matthew
How can you accept that which
have? But you can
grow in believing. You may agree with what you have, but this 'accepting'
you didn't have it and should now accept. If you don't know you have it,
one has to be awakened in
order for it to have some use and for you to even realize a gift is
We are made
10:34,35 "Then Peter opened his mouth and said Of a truth I perceive
that God is no respecter
just give the gift of salvation only to those who 'accept Him as their
savior'). But in every nation he that
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 humanity 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
It does talk a lot of the
also. It does say we have been accepted as equals
to God. Otherwise, it's the same as in the Old Testament where they
a king to rule over them and not God.(Jeremiah
the things of God. In this they chose the low consciousness ego realm
and shut out the
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
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;
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
2:19. That does not necessarily make them Christians or other sincere
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
is in heaven.(God
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
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
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."
dispensation of Christianity.
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
is one in whom is the
Holy Spirit, effectively making him
a member of the