Whenever people talk about Christianity / Jesus, the question inevitably comes up: who is a Christian? The big churches say, “If you are baptized and confirmed, then you are one of them.” But is that enough? Am I a Christian when I do good works, go to church or something like that?
The term “Christian” was used for the first time for people in the city of Antioch in ancient Syria (today Antakya in Turkey). These were people who in many parts of the world at that time became known for having recognized that Jesus is the incarnate Son of God who came into the world to bear the sins of the whole world, and followed that Jesus. Unfortunately, the concept of being a Christian has now been softened and moved into the realm of humanism.
According to the Bible’s unequivocal statement, no one goes beyond this earth that could exist before God. So it says in Psalm 14: 2-3: The LORD looks from the heavens to the children of men, that he sees if any one is wise and asks about God. But they all deviated and all were corrupted; there is no one who does good, not even “one.”
The God who created us expects us to live up to his standards. These allow everyone a humane togetherness. But because we are part of a world that has renounced it, we can not do that. God’s standard is different from our standard. Jesus himself makes this clear with two examples. For example, he says about the 5th commandment (you should not kill):
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. (Matthew 5, 21-22)
Regarding the 6th commandment (you shall not commit adultery) he says:
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. (Matthew 5, 27-28)
Under these circumstances, who can remain without sin (= missing the target)? I can not. But the reward of sin is death! (Romans 6, 23)
So much did God love the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
19 But there was a rich man, dressed in purple and precious linen, and living every day gloriously and in joy.
20 A poor man named Lazarus was at his door, full of ulcers
21 and longed to be satisfied with what fell from the rich table, yet the dogs came and licked at his ulcers.
22 And it came to pass that the poor man died, and he was carried by the angels into Abraham’s womb. But the rich man died and was buried.
23 When he was in hell, he lifted his eyes in agony and saw Abraham from afar and Lazarus in his lap.
24 And he cried, saying, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in the water, and cool my tongue; because I am suffering in this flame.
25 And Abraham said, “Remember, child, that you have received your good in your life, whereas Lazarus has received evil; now he is being comforted here, but you are suffering pain.
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”
“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6:37)
“When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. ”(Mark 2:17)