WHAT IS A CHRISTIAN?
Updated: Jan 11
By Warrior Richardson
Fawlly: Hey Whoodi, are you a Christian?
Fawlly: What do you mean when you say you are a Christian?
Whoodi: What do you mean, “What do I mean when I say I'm a Christian?”
Fawlly: That answers my question.
Whoodi: What do you mean that answers your question?”
Fawlly: A Christian is a slave to Christ.
Whoodi: A slave? No way!
Fawlly: Read these scriptures
Whoodi: Oh man, I never read those before!
Fawlly: Have you read the bible?
Whoodi: Of course.
Fawlly: From cover to cover?
Whoodi: I don't believe the bible is the kind of book to be read from cover to cover.
Fawlly: So, you don't believe you should “study to show yourself approved” (2nd Timothy 2:15)
Whoodi: Not like that!
Fawlly: What is the reason for the hope that you have?
Fawlly: Have you read "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have"
Whoodi: Is that in the Old testament or the New Testament?
Fawlly: Do you love Christ?
Whoodi: Of course.
Fawlly: Do you obey him.
Whoodi: Wait..Where're you going with this? What are you trying to say?
Fawlly: Jesus said “If you love me you will obey me.”
Whoodi: Amen to that!
Fawlly: Do you believe the bible is inspired by God?
Whoodi: With all my heart and soul!
Fawlly: So, you've been a Christian for how long?
Whoodi: Since I was sixteen.
Fawlly: How old are you now?
Fawlly: And you haven't finished reading the bible from cover to cover?
Whoodi: I told you, I don't think the bible is the kind of book to read from cover to cover.
Fawlly: Did you graduate from high school.
Whoodi: With a 3.65 GPA!
Fawlly: Impressive! Did you take algebra?
Whoodi: Sure did!--and geometry, trigonometry and calculus, with honors, I might add.
Fawlly: Whoa! You're quite the reader.
Whoodi: Yeah, I really am, if I may say so myself. And by the way, I speed read with the best of them.
Fawlly: Did you read all the books for those classes from cover to cover?
Whoodi: Sure did. Wait.. what..? Hold on. What you are you trying to say? Man, quit trying to trip me up. I needed to read those books because they are required to get my diploma. You need a diploma to get a good job. I ain't working at Burger King flipping Burgers for the rest of my life. I want to get married, have kids and a nice house to raise them in and I want to send them through college. You need money to do that and...
Fawlly: Can you serve both God and money?
Fawlly: So, your favorite rap album is “Get Rich or die Tryin'?” right?
Whoodi: How'd you know that?
Fawlly: After you die tryin'? Then what will you do? Will you obey Christ Then?
Bickerman, 1949 p. 147, All these Greek terms, formed with the Latin suffix -ianus, exactly as the Latin words of the same derivation, express the idea that the men or things referred to, belong to the person to whose name the suffix is added.
p. 145, In Latin this suffix produced proper names of the type Marcianus and, on the other hand, derivatives from the name of a person, which referred to his belongings, like fundus Narcissianus, or, by extension, to his adherents, Ciceroniani. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian)
The Greek word Χριστιανός (Christianos), meaning "follower of Christ", comes from Χριστός (Christos), meaning "anointed one", with an adjectival ending borrowed from Latin to denote adhering to, or even belonging to, as in slave ownership. In the Greek Septuagint, christos was used to translate the Hebrew מָשִׁיחַ (Mašíaḥ, messiah), meaning "[one who is] anointed." In other European languages, equivalent words to Christian are likewise derived from the Greek, such as Chrétien in French and Cristiano in Spanish. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian)
title given to Jesus of Nazareth, Old English crist (by 830, perhaps 675), from Latin Christus, from Greek khristos "the anointed" (translation of Hebrew mashiah; see messiah), noun use of verbal adjective of khriein "to rub, anoint" (see chrism). The Latin term drove out Old English Hæland "healer, savior," as the preferred descriptive term for Jesus.
A title, treated as a proper name in Old English, but not regularly capitalized until 17c. Pronunciation with long -i- is result of Irish missionary work in England, 7c.-8c. The ch-form, regular since c. 1500 in English, was rare before. Capitalization of the word begins 14c. but is not fixed until 17c. The 17c. mystical sect of the Familists edged it toward a verb with Christed "made one with Christ." (http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=Christ)
c. 1300, Messias, from Late Latin Messias, from Greek Messias, from Aramaic meshiha and Hebrew mashiah "the anointed" (of the Lord), from mashah "anoint." This is the word rendered in Septuagint as Greek Khristos (see Christ). In Old Testament prophetic writing, it was used of an expected deliverer of the Jewish nation. The modern English form represents an attempt to make the word look more Hebrew, and dates from the Geneva Bible (1560). Transferred sense of "an expected liberator or savior of a captive people" is attested from 1660s. (http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=messiah)
Christian (n., adj.)
16c., forms replacing earlier Christen, from Old English cristen (noun and adjective), from a West Germanic borrowing of Church Latin christianus, from Ecclesiastical Greek christianos, from Christos (see Christ). First used in Antioch, according to Acts xi:25-26. Christian Science as the name of a religious sect is from 1863.
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