|What Is a REAL Christian?
WHAT IS A CHRISTIAN? What is true Christianity? It is time to clear away the uncertainty. Jesus clearly explained what a real Christian is like. He left no doubt. As we consider what he said, we need to ask ourselves why the qualities he described seem to be so hard to find even in Christian-professing nations. Take, for instance, one of Jesus' teachings in what is often referred to as the Sermon on the Mount, recorded in Luke 6. Surely nothing is more central to Christianity than this portion of the Scriptures. But how often do you see Jesus' statement in verse 27 put into practice? It says: "Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you." Some of the most bloody battles in history have been waged by Christian nations. "No nations are more warlike than those which profess Christianity," observed Pierre Bayle, a 17th-century French philosopher of Christian Europe. He could have written the same thing of the 20th century! Professing Christians have risen up in war against each other. (And, of course, so have other religions.) They have blown each other to pieces on the battlefield, all the while praying to the same God for victory.
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