“What is a Christian?” Do You Know? (Are you Sure?)

Hey Sweet Friend!

We’re on vacation this week, and while I normally wouldn’t post now, I had a conversation last night that made me want to.

My kids starting talking about why many of their friends, who were raised as Christians, no longer count themselves Christians. This led to a conversation about how many teenagers aren’t familiar with even basic references to the Bible. Case in point: Becca, a high school English teacher, told us only one (ONE!) student knew what the Garden of Eden is.

Then one of our kids threw out this statement: “Gosh, if people don’t know what the Garden of Eden is, ever fewer people understand what is means to be a Christian.”

Which is interesting.

Because last week I wrote an article for Crosswalk on this very topic.

I thought the topic would be a piece of cake, especially given the fact I’ve written an entire book about what it means to be a Christian.

I was wrong.

Turns out explaining “what is a Christian” in 1500 words was tough. But given today’s world, the ability to explain Christianity quickly, easily, and understandably is more important than ever.

Maybe you’ve noticed the last of clarity surrounding what it means to be a Christian, too.

Perhaps you have friends or loved ones who’ve asked you questions about what it means to be a Christian, and you aren’t quite sure how to answer. Or maybe you’ve wondered yourself.

Whatever the case, it just makes sense that every one of us should know–I mean really know–how to answer “What is a Christian?” And in a way that is:

  • Clear
  • Accurate
  • Biblical
  • Logical

Want to make sure you have the answer? Check out “What is a Christian?”  by clicking here.

You are loved,


P.S. Do you want (or need!) more information on what it means to be a Christian? Check out my book, SEEK.  Seek explains faith, God, and Christianity in a way that feels like chatting with a friend.



  1. Jeanie

    I am amazed at how many people do not know the basics of the Bible. How can one know if they are a Christian if they don’t even know what is in the Bible? For me, the easiest way for me to know what the Bible says was to start at the beginning. “The Biblical Path of Life” is a systematic approach to understanding how the Bible fits together with a purpose – to reveal Jesus and our need of Him. It is a three year study, comparing Scripture to Scripture, that goes completely through the Bible, in historical order as much as possible, to help in the understanding of it. The Bible is so much more than random stories that some people have trouble remembering or even favorite Bible verses. Each person, especially Christians, should be encouraged to read their Bible, understand it, apply it to our lives so we can share Jesus with others. See http://www.biblicalpath.com for more information. Thanks for this blog that brings attention to the fact that some people are clueless as to what is in the Bible!

    1. donnajonesministry

      Thanks for the information on the Bible resource! I’m writing an article for Crosswalk this week on “What is the Bible?” so your comment is timely. Thank you!!

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