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I will just get to the point and ask, what is the mark of a christian?
It would be a safe to assume actions speak louder than words and thus would be a good indicator of ones beliefs. The problem is that there are many who claim to be christian without any actions so I get confused. If someone just professes faith in their deity of love and walks by those in need with a proud face, how strong is their belief?
It seems like the "good book" spoke of action, the message that provokes action. Today is seems like the mark of a christian is judgment and a list of what is wrong with everyone and everything. So anytime I hear someone say they are a christian I think of someone who just sits on their ass and does nothing but judge and condemn. Now I know not every christian is like that and for those who aren't I applaud you but unfortunately you are a rare breed.
So I ask your opinion, what is the mark of a christian?
Also, we are allowed to judge actions both in ourselves and others. Otherwise, how would we know what is right and wrong? If I determine that someone's actions are detrimental to my well-being, it's OK for me not to associate with them. A classic example would be for the recovering addict to stop associating with his prior associates who refuse to stop using in his presence. If he were not allowed to use judgment, it would be wrong to avoid them, and he would be at risk of falling back into old, dangerous behaviors due to the temptation.
We should not judge the person. I have no right to tell anyone that they are going to Hell. That is only for God to know and determine. People who tell others that they are going to Hell risk being judged as they were judged.
And anyone who wonders how it's possible to judge a person's actions without judging them has never seen the parents of a son or daughter who is in jail. Those parents love their children, visit them all the time, but can completely not be OK at all with what they did to wind up there.
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And, I guess, if I am not allowed to judge at all, any action. Then how am I supposed to ever raise my son? He does an awful lot of things wrong right now because he's less than 5. According to you, I shouldn't discipline him because I might be judging him.
RalphySo I ask your opinion, what is the mark of a christian?