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Broad Definitions of Christians and Christianity PDF Print E-mail
Written by Harold Fink Christian Locksmith   
Sunday, 14 February 2010 19:14

Christians and Christianity


What is a Christian?

A follower of Jesus Christ.

What is Christianity?

A religion based upon the teachings and miracles of Jesus Christ.

How many different forms of Christianity are there?

It is estimated there are over 30,000 forms of Christianity, or denominations, worldwide.

How many Christians are there worldwide?

It is estimated that today there are over 2 billion Christians worldwide, which represents roughly one third of the world's population.

How many churches and congregations practice Christianity?

It is estimated there are over 3.5 million congregations and churches practicing Christianity worldwide. If the number of Christians worldwide is indeed at least 2 billion, and the number of churches is about 3.5 million, then the average size of congregation of all these churches would be just over 570 members each. Recent trends in numbers of Christians worldwide include an estimated 100 million Christians in China alone, where in the 1960's there were believed to be only 5,000 Christians in all of China. In South Korea, there are churches that reportedly have tens of thousands of members each, and one church where over 800 thousand members meet each Sunday in several sittings

Estimates obtained from the World Christian Encyclopedia.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2010 09:49
What Is A Born Again Christian? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Harold Fink Christian Locksmith   
Thursday, 11 February 2010 18:59

What is a born again Christian?


The Bible answers this in John 3:1-21.

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him." Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." Nicodemus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?" Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.' The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."
Nicodemus said to him, "How can these things be?" Jesus answered him, "Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life."
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgement: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been carried out in God."

In this passage, the phrase "born again" literally means "born from above"

Jesus explained to Nicodemus that everyone who is born of the Spirit, or born again, may have eternal life. When Christians use the phrase "born again Christian", we are expressing our own acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and the spiritual wellness that comes through our faith in Jesus Christ.

Last Updated on Sunday, 14 February 2010 20:47