1. noun - a member of a religion
who believes that Jesus was the son of God
and was placed on earth to save humanity from its sins. There are many doctrines besides this central tenet that are either rejected or accepted by any number of Christian sects, or denominations.
Most Christians believe in kindness to their fellow man, charity, a basic moral code (Ten Commandments
), and reciprocity (Golden Rule
). Also, many Christians believe in aggressively attempting to convert non-Christians to their thinking, since Christians believe that pagan
s will all go to hell
when they die.
Unfortunately, Christians have a poor track record of sticking to their beliefs, and throughout history have used the religious estalishment of Christianity
to perpetuate evil as well as good upon the world. Christians are often stereotyped as self-righteous, hypocritical, and willfully ignorant in addition to any positive traits instilled by their religion.
2. adjective - pertaining, related, part of, or similar to Christianity
1. Atheist (me): I believe that there is no God, but you can believe whatever you want as far as I'm concerned.
Tolerant Christian: oh, cool. Personally, I'm planning on going to heaven to be with Jesus, my Savior and Lord.
Intolerant Christian: oh noes! A heretic! You're gonna burn in hell, Satanist!
2. The Catholic Church is a Christian institution.