Being A Cultural Christian Is Not Enough

Can you be a cultural christian?
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I’m a Christian atheist.” How possible is that?

Recently, I heard something on an international news channel that I consider worth talking about here. An aged author and ostensibly an intellectual man who was being interviewed about a book he wrote (amongst other things) was asked:

“You are an atheist and a Christian. How is that possible?”

“I’m a cultural Christian: I’m a Christian by my culture, but not one by my belief,” he replied.

Really? An atheist and Christian in the same breadth?

Can someone be a Christian who does not believe in God?

The answer is obvious!

Unfortunately, this man in question is not the only one making this type of “cultural” mistake. There are people around the world who think that they are Christians simply because of the home or geographical location they were born into.

Those things as factors may exert some influences on who you become but they are not what will make you a Christian. And of course, being a Christian goes beyond being born into, or living in, any of the so-called christian nations.

I would like to further explore this topic in subsequent posts, but here it suffices to say that being a Christian is not about the culture you were born into or the one you live in. It is about you having a personal relationship with God through faith in His son Jesus Christ.

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.

John 1:12

Unlike the man mentioned above, it is not enough to to see yourself as a cultural Christian; you should be a Christian by heart as well.

In the first place, being a Christian presupposes that you believe in God. And in fact, a Christian does not only believe in God, he or she also believes in God’s Son, Jesus Christ.

It is therefore a mistaken identity to be called a Christian if you don’t believe in God and in His Son Jesus Christ.

What do you think?

©Copyright 2017 | Victor Uyanwanne


43 thoughts on “Being A Cultural Christian Is Not Enough

  1. VictorsCorner Mar 7, 2018 / 5:26 am

    The whole point of being a Christian is believing that Jesus Christ is Lord and Saviour and knowing God. And the heart of knowing God involves believing that Jesus Christ is God as well. That’s what the scriptures teach.

    “I and my Father are one” Jesus said. “In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, the Word was God. Jesus is the Word; Jesus is God.” John 1:1.


  2. Guestspeaker Mar 6, 2018 / 1:37 pm

    We have already the problem that several people call themselves Christian but do not believe that Jesus is the sent one from God, the son of God but have made him in their god.

    Not believing in God makes it impossible to be a Christian for that person.

    When a person does not believe in God and in His Son Jesus Christ we would say they cannot be called Christian, though lots who do not believe in the singular God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Jesus and his disciples keep calling themselves Christian, though not following the teachings of Jesus either. We count them under those of Christendom and do hope they will come to see that Jesus is the way to God (and not God himself) and as such shall become members of Christianity believing in that One God of Christ and becoming a real member of the body of Christ.


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