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A Christian is a follower of the historical Jesus as presented in the Bible. Christians hold to the essential teachings of the Bible.

"The name given by the Greeks or Romans, probably in reproach, to the followers of Jesus. It was first used at Antioch. The names by which the disciples were known among themselves were "brethren," "the faithful," "elect," "saints," "believers." But as distinguishing them from the multitude without, the name "Christian "came into use, and was universally accepted. This name occurs but three times in the New Testament (Acts 11:26; 26:28; 1 Pet. 4:16). "

The disciples, we are told, Ac 11:26; were first called Christians at Antioch on the Orontes, somewhere about A.D. 43. They were known to each other as, and were among themselves called, brethren, Ac 15:1,23; 1Co 7:12; disciples, Ac 9:26; Ac 11:29; believers, Ac 5:14; saints, Ro 8:27; Ro 15:25; The name "Christian," which, in the only other cases where it appears in the New Testament, Ac 26:28; 1Pe 4:16; is used contemptuously, could not have been applied by the early disciples to themselves, but was imposed upon them by the Gentile world. There is no reason to suppose that the name "Christian" of itself was intended as a term of scurrility or abuse, though it would naturally be used with contempt.


- Books - Online -
Christian Peace With God by Billy Graham. Answers many questions non-Christians have about God, the Bible, Jesus, and the free gift of salvation

See Also

Christian Christianity
Secular Christians Under Siege Special Report in The Oregonian  on widespread persecution of Christians
Christian Get A Life Find out what Christians believe.
Christian The Jesus Film Project The story of Jesus - a 2-hour movie straight from the Book of Luke.
Christian Resources for new Christians A collection of resources for new Christians who are looking for ways to grow in their faith.
Christian Who Is Jesus?

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