Freeman Dyson , a respected physicist, once wrote,
“I am a practicing Christian but not a believing one."
Freeman John Dyson is a British-born American theoretical physicist and mathematician, famous for his work in quantum electrodynamics, solid-state physics, astronomy and nuclear engineering.
A practicing Christian but not a believing one is a good description (in my opinion) of a good many professed Christians living in the United States in the twenty-first century. I base that statement on personal observation of the Christians I have known and currently know, some of them having been known intimately... by me.
The majority of Americans (73%) identify themselves as Christians and about 20% have no religious affiliation.
What is a Christian, anyway?
According to certain respected theologians, a Christian is a human being who believes:
- There is only one God (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6, 8; John 17:3; 1 Corinthians 8:5-6; Galatians 4:8-9).
- God is three in one or a Trinity (Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; John 14:16-17; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Acts 2:32-33, John 10:30,17:11, 21; 1 Peter 1:2).
- God is omniscient or "knows all things" (Acts 15:18; 1 John 3:20).
- God is omnipotent or "all powerful" (Psalm 115:3; Revelation 19:6).
- God is omnipresent or "present everywhere" (Jeremiah 23:23, 24; Psalm 139).
- God is sovereign (Zechariah 9:14; 1 Timothy 6:15-16).
- God is holy (1 Peter 1:15).
- God is just or "righteous" (Psalm 19:9, 116:5, 145:17; Jeremiah 12:1).
- God is love (1 John 4:8).
- God is true (Romans 3:4; John 14:6).
- God is spirit (John 4:24).
- God is the creator of everything that exists (Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 44:24).
- God is infinite and eternal. He has always been God (Psalm 90:2; Genesis 21:33; Acts 17:24).
And, above all, a Christian is one who believes that the book known as The Holy Bible is the actual Word Of God.
A human being who proclaims he or she is a practicing Christian, yet does not truly believe in the Christian doctrine and does not follow those Christian precepts listed above, is not a Christian at all, but is a hypocrite.
To me, that is undeniable.
And this means then that 73% of Americans are hypocrites.
Once again -- I affirm that I am not an atheist.
WORD FOR TODAY
- a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion
- a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings
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We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first, rock 'n' roll or Christianity.