Deutsche Version: die Definition des Christentums .
The Definition of Christianity
The definition of what it means to be a Christian can be quite tricky for many persons. Certain conservative definitions such as :
„A Christian is someone believing in the entire Bible“ or
„A Christian is someone going to the holy Mass every Sunday and taking all sacraments“
are extremely reductive and exclude many people who have profound experiences with Jesus while not fulfilling the above definitions.
I will modestly propose a definition allowing us to encompass the whole Christendom:
„A Christian is someone who follows and worships a perfectly good God who revealed his true face through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.“
This is certainly compatible with the two definitions mentioned above but it is not limited to them.
What to think now of the numerous German Protestant pastors who like Jesus a historical person but don’t believe in a personal God and go sometimes as far as denying the existence of any afterlife?
I would consider them as „atheists for Jesus“, they might be extraordinarily good persons and I see no reason why they won’t spend the whole eternity with God and have a very good surprise after having passed away.
But I cannot call them Christians.
Now, I’d love to hear the criticism and comments from people having various perspectives on those topics.
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