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← What do you say to your faith-based neighbors?

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I tend to be picky about words, not because I want to lord it over anyone's bad usage, but because our language both helps and hinders us. It helps us when it gets our meaning across, but hinders us when sloppiness keeps us from thinking deeply about what we say. Here is an example. Today while walking with my neighbor he told me about one of his African friends who changed from being a Muslim into a "follower of Jesus." Now, most may have let that go, but I then asked if his friend was a follower of Jesus as the Muslim prophet prior to Muhammad, or did he mean a Christian. Many don't realize that there are non-Christian followers of Jesus (I neglected to tell him about Atheists for Jesus), but he did go on to state that the bright line definition (according to him) is that Christians must believe in the divinity of Jesus and the Virgin Birth, so he actually meant a Christian, not just a follower of Jesus. I was interested to go more deeply into why that "bright line" is what it is, but it will have to wait for another day.

So far, I have yet to meet a Christian, in my day to day life, who understands that Christianity came into existence substantially after the life of Jesus (even granting that there ever was such a real person). Does helping Christians find out more about their own history make any difference to them? I am thankful for all that readers here have to add to this discussion.

Sat, 10 Mar 2012 05:57:13 UTC | #925802