A Christian is a person who;
- 1. Accepts and believes in Jesus as son of God and his teachings [John 3:16, etc.],
2. is Baptized accordingly,
3. Surrender to God via Jesus as Son of God,
4. Entered into a personal contract [covenant] to establish a personal relationship with God and to comply with God's words in the Gospels to the best of his/her ability.
What is critical here is the personal contract [covenant] and thus the Christian is duty bound to comply with whatever is commanded by Jesus/God in the Gospel.
The typical definition of a Christian do not emphasize the inherent personal contract/covenant a Christian has 'signed' with Jesus/God, e.g.
- Christians are people who follow or adhere to Christianity, a monotheistic Abrahamic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
As we have read, many of the posters here will resort to 'whataboutery' whenever I mentioned the terrible carnage, evil and violent acts committed by SOME evil prone Muslim directly in accordance to the command of Allah, i.e. Islam. The point is we must critique Islam per se for such terrible evil and violent acts.
But their usual impulsive deflection is 'What about Christians who killed many in the Crusades, etc.?" What about America which comprised of a majority of Christians?
For Christians, the best defense is;
We Christians has entered into a personal contract with Jesus/God thus has to comply with the terms of the contract within the Gospel with an overriding term/maxim 'to love all - even enemies'.
As such there is no way a Christian [as defined above] who is compliant to the terms of his personal contract with God can commit evil and violent within Christianity.
Therefore 'Christians' who commit evil or kill non-Christians or others could not have done such in wearing the Christianity hat, since there are no provisions with Christianity's terms of contract to kill, hate or be violent to non-Christians.
Those 'Christians' who commit evil or kill non-Christians or others would have done based on their own personal human nature of evil and not based on any tenets of Christianity.