In part one of this series, I introduced very briefly my belief that we’re not really what we think we are, and that we may not fit into time in the day-to-day way that we think we do. I also discussed briefly some of my thoughts on God and how He fits into the equation. I certainly haven’t exhausted those topics, but today I want to move on to the next point.
What is a Christian?
I want to preface this with the simple statement that I am a Christian and Jesus Christ is my Savior. That’s the simple version of how I view my relationship to God. What follows gets a little more in-depth than that. I don’t consciously go through all these mental gymnastics every time I consider the relationship between God and Man, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to reflect on them every now and then.
People have many different ideas about what a Christian is. If you google “What is a Christian?” you can tell just from the top results, without even opening them, that the answer is in dispute. Christians themselves don’t all agree on what makes someone a Christian. It seems the media would have you believe Christians are intolerant haters. A man-on-the-street survey would probably get a lot of “Someone who believes in God and tries to do good.” For the sake of this discussion, I’ll define a Christian as someone who:
- Believes there is an eternal part to them
- Accepts that God is perfect (which is an entire big blog post in itself) (Psalm 18:30)
- Acknowledges that they are not perfect (Romans 3:23)
- Believes Jesus Christ was/is God in human form (John 10:30)
- Believes that imperfect Man can’t get to perfect God on their own, and that Jesus allowed Himself to be killed on a cross as a sacrifice to balance the scales, to make it right between God and Man.(John 3:16)
- Believes that, following Christ’s crucifixion, He miraculously came back to life. (Luke 24)
If someone does all these things, what then? That’s when, in churchy or biblical terms, a person is said to be “saved” or “born again”. Those are phrases that can garner a lot of static from non-Christians, but we have to use some taxonomy. Words often become just sound bites, noises we equate with something in a vague, loosely defined way, but “born again” speaks of a real, definite event. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ(that is, if he’s born again), he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” I believe the new creature mentioned here is the “something different” I’ve been suggesting we really can become as Christians, and it speaks to the nature of what we really are as humans.
For this framework of beliefs to have any chance of making sense, you have to accept, or at least entertain the concept, that humans are, or have the capacity to be, more than just the physical bodies we live our lives in. For the sake of discussion I’ll call this part the soul, although, as with almost everything in this entire post, it would take a whole series of articles to cover all my views on the topic. If there’s a part of us that isn’t defined by and confined in our physical bodies, it could be that it is an eternal part of us, and if eternal, a part that is, or can be, outside of time.
So far I’ve brought you to the point where you see my argument that both God and humans have at least some part of their being outside of what we consider the normal flow of time. Whew. Next time (oh that word will come to pain me), even more of a mind twister as we look at what time itself is.
- Asynchronous existence – life out of time (part 1)
- Asynchronous existence – life out of time (part 3)