What Being a Christian Means to You?

United States
April 30, 2011 8:42am CST
I grew up in a Christian home, and my mother married a man outside of the church and he wasn't active in going to church with us. My mother's religion was very strict it was a form of Pentecostal, and as children we were very limited to the things we could do. As I grew older I was harmed by one of the pastors in the church that I knew all my life. I found our church was more into all these rules and doctrine than having the true love of God, and not even practicing what they preached. I know longer go there, and I have been struggling to go to church ever since, but to me a Christian means to love like Jesus loves us, and to carry yourself accordingly. Being an example for others like Jesus was an still is an example for us. What are your views on Christianity, and why do you feel that way. Much Love and Blessing.
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• United States
1 May 11
I was raised in a Christian home as well. As an adult, I finally learned that there is a VAST difference between Christianity and religion. The various sects may be based on Christian principles, but other than that basis, most have nothing to do with Christianity. Each sect has their 'rules and doctrine', which are for the most part a good way to live, but sometimes don't include the 'Love thy neighbor as thyself', as they should. A couple of years ago, I was attending a Bible study at the church I grew up in, was Baptized in, and was a member of for many years; the pastor leading the study made a profound statement which brought many things into focus in my mind which had been rather foggy for a time. That statement was: "More people have been killed for the sake of RELIGION, and that, my friends, has nothing to do with Christianity!" I am a strong Christian woman (a great grandmother) and have been active in my church although I have moved about and I travel frequently and attend many different churches (not just the one I grew up in). I have found that the services I attend which preach the Word directly from the King James Bible have the most Christ like people in attendance. I feel that being a true Christian comes from believing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior of the world, and living the 'Love thy neighbor' principle. Being a true believer in Jesus Christ is a feeling unlike any other in life. I feel this way from many years of life and all the lessons I have learned from it. My life has not been the easiest, but I do know without a doubt that when I walk close to the Lord it has been much easier. Being a Christian is a way of life, not a religion. One does not have to attend church to be a Christian, it is just a way of fellowship with fellow Christians being more fully blessed and making our lives better.
• United States
1 May 11
Thank You so much for your feedback it was a blessing to read your story. Much Love and blessings to you
@mythociate (13912)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
26 May 11
It means being obedient to Our Father just as Our Brother Jesus was ... well, not the same way He was; but just as obedient. What that means to me is 'fellowshipping with the people from among whom I will one day receive a bride.' And that's not "hanging around the buffet-line for a regular little free snack" (although that is what it looks like oftentimes), but rather 'fulfilling the role of a little-brother of Jesus.' That's why--instead of calling priests or pastors "father" or "pastor"--I think they should be called "brother" or "uncle" (which is rooted in the word for "little father").
@visavis (5945)
• Philippines
1 May 11
Hi friend, Being a Christian is a view of good and ideal way of life, away from sin. Be a Christ like in attitude, action and character. Be good to others and loving children of God to other people.. We must act according to 2 Cor. 5:17 which said we are new creature through Jesus Christ... see you around
@barehugs (8992)
• Canada
1 May 11
I grew up a Christian, teaching Sunday School, and singing in the choir, but I was never contented with the theology, and read everything I on Science and Religion. If I had had the "Faith of a Mustard Seed," I might still have been a Christian, but my Faith could not endure on its own. I left the church as a young man, and never looked back! Christianity has had 2000 years to make the world a better place, and has utterly failed!
• Canada
30 Apr 11
For me Christianity is a relationship with Jesus Christ. It is not a religion, that is why it does not affect my faith if pastors and other church hotshots do unethical things. My Christianity is between me and God alone. If you want listen to a great preacher, search Eli Soriano on the internet. He is a preacher from the Philippines and is really good.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
30 Apr 11
Being A Christian is the way you feel and believe bout your faith and religion. Sometimes this is all that we have to hold on to in this world. it can be a blessing and a comfort to us to have Christianity to lean on.