I bumped into an old school friend at the supermarket. I used to sit with this person both at school (sometimes) and at church (all the time) when we were teenagers. During our coffee shop conversation this person berated me for not going to church. I am terrible in confrontations, so I just mumbled something about going next week - I won't, it was a lie, but it got me thinking.

I count myself among that much varied group of people known as Christians, but what do I do that makes me a Christian?

I try (and fail frequently) to live my life by the axiom "Love your neighbour as you Love yourself", I own a Bible, I thank God when things go well (sometimes) and make a short prayer to Him when I would like things to go well.

Apparently this is not enough. To be counted among the ranks of Christians, I must put "Jesus Saves" stickers everywhere, wear Crucifixes and Fish symbols, Go to Church many times a week and take part in many Church Activities.

It seems that those counted among the most devout consider themselves most qualified to dictate how the lesser devout should act.

Now why does this remind of E2?

Which question would you like answered?

You may also be Christian when you believe in the Holy Trinity, or at least God and Jesus.

You're Christian when you believe you are.

You're Christian when you live and was raised in many Western societies, especially the Romance and Germanic ones (and their assorted 'colonial' offshoots). Therefore, I am Christian even though I don't believe in any elements of the Holy Trinity, because I was raised Catholic but also because I was raised in Australia. If I had been raised without religion, I could still be said to be a member of a Christian society.

The point is that your Christianity is defined by you and no-one else. The mere fact that other people go to church and think they can tell you how you should worship your God doesn't mean they actually have any authority to do so.

Whether you go to church or not does not demonstrate anything other than your willingness to participate in the rituals of your chosen religion, not your willingness to believe.

All you have to do is maintain the basic precepts of your belief - God and Jesus. Nothing else - not the Church, the ritual, the ceremony, or even the community matters.

Likewise with E2, I think.

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