What is a Christian?(Socratic dialogue)

These are Socratic dialogues I had with myself in order to come to a better definition of what a true Christian is:

What is a Christian?
Definition 1:someone who believes in Jesus
-non Christians may believe in Jesus existing in some form, and they shouldn’t count.
Definition 2: someone who believes Jesus was the
Son of God and Savior of Humanity
-All of humanity includes non Christians who are not
saved, unless there is no point to being a Christian.
Also, some people will never convert no matter how
much pressure.
3: someone who believes Jesus was the Son
of God and savior of Christians.
-All Christians? What is a Christian?
This is a circular argument.
4:Someone who believes Jesus was the son of
God and that whoever believes this and tries
to follow His commandments is a Christian.
-What about those who are not Christians and
try to follow His commandments accidentally?
-What is the Son of God?
-What if they always fail to keep the commandments?
-What if they follow the commandments perfectly?
(1)They are not Christians. They are similar.
(2)He was immaculately
conceived by the Virgin Mary and God, and God’s
presence, which is love, infused him.
(3) As long as they repent for their sins and
are genuinely trying to follow the commandments,
they are still Christians.
(4)they are still a Christian.
5: Someone who believes Jesus was
immaculately conceived by the Virgin Mary and God, and God’s
presence, which is love, infused him.  and that whoever believes this and tries
to follow His commandments is a Christian. If they fall As long as they
repent for their sins and are genuinely trying to follow the commandments,
they are still Christians.
-What if someone takes a break from trying to follow the commandments?
-what if someone believes everything except the immaculate conception?
(1)They are only partly Christian, not of the most genuine, for that time.
(2)They are a subset of Christians but not in the mass of them.
6:Someone who believes Jesus was
immaculately conceived by the Virgin Mary and God, and God’s
presence, which is love, infused him, and that whoever believes this and tries
to follow His commandments is a Christian. If they fall, as long as they
repent for their sins and are genuinely trying to follow the commandments,
they are still Christians. If a person stops trying to follow His commandments, they
are not a true Christian for that time. If a person believes in the latter principles
except for the Immaculate Conception, they are not a typical Christian but are
similar enough that it is not incredibly important.
(end of refutations)

Repetition: What is a Christian?
1: Someone who loves their neighbor and theirself.
-they do not need to believe in Jesus to do that.
2: Someone who believes Jesus existed and tries to love their neighbor and
theirself.
-they do not need to believe Jesus was the Son of God to be a Christian?
2: Not in the direct sense. God is Love, therefore Jesus  was God because he
was Love.
-then can we not be God?
2: We can be much closer to God by loving.
3: Someone who believes Jesus was Love, as he was the Son of God and God is Love, and tries to love their neighbor and theirself.  It is possible be closer to God by loving, as God is Love.
-what if they fail to love?
3: It is primarily the trying that counts. Getting back up is more important
than falling down.
-what if they love and are not a Christian?
3: It is better than not loving. The essentialness of life is not strictly in being a Christian but in following the greatest commandment; love thy neighbor as thyself.
-what if thy neighbor is despicable?
3: they still must be loved, all other things considered.
-by whom?
3: It is beyond the reach of the inquiry; whoever is called to do it. The idealism in Christianity defends itself; trying to improve the world is preferable to practically surviving in it, not being a true Christian.
(end of refutations)
Therefore, I have two definitions of Christianity, somewhat different, that are difficult to refute:
#1   Someone who believes Jesus was/is Love, as he was the Son of God as God is Love, and someone who tries to love their neighbor and theirself.  It is possible be closer to God by loving, as God is Love. (took 3 definitions to get here)
#2 Someone who believes Jesus was immaculately conceived by the Virgin Mary and God, and God’s presence, which is love, infused him, and that whoever believes this and tries
to follow His commandments is a Christian. If they fall, as long as they
repent for their sins and are genuinely trying to follow the commandments,
they are still Christians. If a person willfully stops trying to follow His commandments, they are not a true Christian for that time. If a person believes in the latter principles
except for the Immaculate Conception, they are not a typical Christian but are
similar enough that the difference is not incredibly important. (took 6 definitions to get here)

The definitions, fortunately, are not strictly exclusive of each other although they emphasize different views.

 

 

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