It's been discouraging to me for many years to hear Christians being accused in the media and elsewhere of torturing and murdering people in the name of religion, when Bible-believing people (Christians) were actually the victims of the heinous crimes committed. I don't know how the historical truth has been draped with a web of deceit, but that has happened. Maybe all which has been required is enough people, with loud enough voices, saying repeatedly, "Well Christians...." No, Christians did not do those things.
I like to keep things simple: Telling people I'm a monkey 47,834,656 times will not make me a monkey. I may physically resemble a monkey. I may act like a monkey sometimes. I eat some of the foods monkeys eat. I can make monkey noises. The informed, though, will know and note the differences between me and a monkey. I'm not a monkey.
Conversely, a female monkey with brown hair, wearing a skirt, sitting in a chair, eating grapes or a banana, and pecking on a computer keyboard is not a woman. No matter how many times someone tells you she's a woman, don't you believe it. She's not a woman. She's a monkey.
A Christian is someone who is saved by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ — the Jesus of the Bible — who paid the penalty for sin on the cross of Calvary (once, for all) and three days later, rose from the grave and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father — the God of the Bible, whose name is Yahweh. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8, 9)
|Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.|
~II Timothy 2:15
|For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:3-7|