I still think that for the most part you can see when a person is a Christian. What is a Christian? I know a lot of people will say it is a religion, but I don't believe it is. The saved carnal believer doesn't actually claim to be a Christian always so because he is save too can we make him a Christian? I think that being a Christian is more than being a believer of God. Belief in God, and his word, that he sent his only begotten son to earth and if you believe on him you are saved by the Grace of God doesn't necessarily make you a Christian not in the true sense. I think having a personal relationship with Jesus makes you a Christian. I think being a disciple of Jesus makes you a Christian. What is a disciple? A disciple by definition is: n.
- One who embraces and assists in spreading the teachings of another.
- An active adherent, as of a movement or philosophy.
- often Disciple One of the original followers of Jesus.
- Disciple A member of the Disciples of Christ.
So being saved doesn't make you a disciple by definition. So what makes you a Christian would not be being saved. Being a Christian would require action, and God's Grace is a free gift, so acceptance of God's free gift of salvation in and of itself does not make you a Christian. Being a Christian is an active relation ship with Christ, it is some one who is a disciple, some one who follows and embraces Christ's examples, some one who works toward the goals the Christ put forth for us. Being a Christian is something that some one should be able to see, so in the end the Preacher is right I can't see your salvation, but I am not sure the Belle is right, I should be able to see your Christianity.
I know that God exists, I believe his ever word. NO, I have never seen God, no, I have never heard him speak to me aloud, but I do hear his words. He gave us the Bible, his words, and I do hear them in my soul as sure as the fact that I am standing here on this earth. I know I have said before that to believe is a simple as reading the first five words of the Bible... In the beginning God created... or said like in John