What does it means to be a Christian?
There are people who say that if you believe in Jesus Christ as the son of God and the savior of all of the humanity’s sins, you are automatically a Christian. Some say that it requires a faithful following of the Bible’s screeds to be a Christian.
What does it mean to be a Christian?
It means that you are hanging on a historical person, and the stories told about him based on his disciples and the editing of the tales by a group of people throughout history.
It means that you will take the poorly translated of a poorly edited book as literal, and hellfire to anyone who does not obey your interpretation of it.
It means that you will put on a persecution complex, believing that people are out to suppress you based on your religious belief.
It means that you will reject Jesus’ teaching to accept everyone despite all of their sins, in order to follow a limited selection in the book of Leviticus, a Judea portion of the bible, in order to discriminate against your fellow humans.
It means that you are to reject all other religions, especially the “scary-sounding” ones, all while refusing to even educate yourself on their ways. This includes all of the other Christianity sects that are not yours.
It means that you believe that all of the ill activities that happened to your fellow humans are justified because “God is angry”, thanks to the Old Testament, a plagiarized version of the Torah — Jewish bible.
It means that you are going to blame the Jews for killing the Son of God, even though Christianity was a Jewish sect and Jesus actually accepted their sin.
So what does it REALLY means to be a Christian?
Yes, it does mean that you have to accept that Jesus or whatever other interpretation of his actual name may be as his real name is written in both Aramaic and Greek, is the Son of God, and that he saved us all from the sins we had, have, and will have committed.
But that is not all Jesus wanted us to do.
Jesus did not just die on the cross and accepted our sins. He also walked among us, professing a creed of accepting our fellow man. He expressed the need to be compassionate, even when we must punish. He accepted, as part of his disciples, people who sin in manners that we all do — lie, cheat, and kill. He forgave them all. He accepted them for whom they may be. He accepted the poor, the neglected, the suffering,
The water to wine tale is a perfect illustration — think of how we maintain clean and safe water by separating it from the sewage, and how this kind of technology most likely existed in very limited form then. Jesus made the dangerous water safe to drink by introducing alcohol to make it safe to drink for the people at a wedding at Cana. He helped when he did not have to (“why do you involve me?”).
It was his disciples that promoted the spreading of the Church, while Jesus professed on spreading the Word. Jesus wanted us to turn our cheeks to any perceived slights, and to love our enemies as we love our friends. Jesus wanted us to be compassionate to everyone’s needs, and not judge them for their sins. He knew we had, have, and will fail in our efforts because we are Man.
But at least, should not the Christians try, if they are to cloak themselves with the name of their holy one?