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. chaddamitz Feb 27, 2018 / 2:36 pm

    Great post, Victor! What you said here really stuck out: “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.” Amen. Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 2 people

    • VictorsCorner Feb 27, 2018 / 2:38 pm

      You are welcome. Good to know the message got home. Thanks alot for reading and commenting.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. VictorsCorner Jan 12, 2018 / 8:05 pm

    No problems Caroline. It would be my pleasure to visit your blog.


      • caroline mwasigala Jan 12, 2018 / 8:01 pm

        Victor i would love to welcome you to visit my blog and see some of my poems


  3. Pilgrim's Progress Jan 3, 2018 / 3:22 am

    What makes us Christian is Christ. It’s true that we cannot take Christ out of the picture and still profess to be his followers.

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  4. perrytripp Dec 14, 2017 / 12:44 am

    I’m reminded of an argument against Christianity. It basically asserts that people are only Christians because of the culture they live in. It seems that this author seems to be saying, “I don’t believe in God, but I don’t want to rock the religion boat”. What bothers me most about the scenario is that he doesn’t seem to be truly engaged by any genuine Christians in his area. Perhaps he’s never actually met a Christian, or perhaps he ignores any challenges to beliefs. Either way, what a challenge to us to live and teach how to live a Christ centered life.

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    • VictorsCorner Dec 14, 2017 / 1:37 am

      Thanks for reading and commenting. Indeed, being a christian has been misunderstood or misrepresented. But we need to show the light…

      Liked by 1 person

  5. dettinger47 Nov 20, 2017 / 10:39 pm

    Right on, Victor. I agree with you from top to bottom. I’m glad you’re writing about this.

    Liked by 1 person

    • VictorsCorner Nov 21, 2017 / 5:12 am

      Thank you David for the validation. I wrote as I was led to, with the hope that we are able to put things in proper perspective for a few people.

      Liked by 1 person

    • VictorsCorner Nov 20, 2017 / 5:37 pm

      I’m glad you agree me. Thanks Bruce for reading and commenting.


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