Believer or follower πŸ˜±

Hi friends πŸ‘‹ Today I am opening a simple question for debate.

A question

What is the best term to describe a born again Christian? Is it believer or may be follower? Which one do you think is the most closest to the correct description?

Two synonymous terms

Many Christians use the terms believer and follower synonymously. If we carefully examine these two terms, then we will realise that both these can’t be used as synonymous. There are minor differences.

A believer

By definition, Believer is someone who believes in some certain truth wholeheartedly. In Christianity, a person who believes in Jesus Christ is identified as a believer. So he is a believer because he believes in all the truth concerning Jesus.

James 2:19 NASBS
You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.

Dead faith

James wrote that just believing in God isn’t sufficient. A Faith that is not backed up by faith works (that is obedience) is dead. He wrote that demons also have faith in God but they disobey God. Their faith in God doesn’t help them.

Nonspecific term

Believer is a nonspecific term, it can be applied to any faith. Even an atheist is a believer.😱 Don’t get upset, allow me to explain! The atheist believes that there is no God. Atheist chooses not to believe in God. In a believers terminology, this is called as unbelief, a person with such kind of unbelief is termed as an unbeliever (without belief in God).

The follower

So, I feel that the appropriate term which is more specifically applicable to a born again Christian is “the follower of Jesus Christ.” We are called to follow Jesus Christ.

Matthew 4:19 NASBS
And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

A call

This πŸ‘†is the way Jesus Christ called his initial followers. He gave a call to follow him and they followed him. The follower observes, follows what his master believes, teaches and practices.

Obedience

We are called not just to believe but to obey. We are called to follow him who has set such high standards for us. Therefore a follower of Jesus Christ is a better description of a person who has made a life long commitment to follow him.

Complementary terms

These two terms are not contradictory but complementary to each other. What is the relationship between these two terms? The term believer is a subset of follower. Let me explain, if we add obedience to belief then that person has progressed from being a mere believer to a follower of Jesus Christ.

The equation

Believer + obedience = follower

This is my equation. You may find this topic as little odd, but I thought it is a good topic for debate. I don’t expect everyone to agree with this explanation. Please do add your comments even if you don’t agree.πŸ‘†

Thanks for reading. Shalom from Bible blogger. πŸ•ŠοΈ

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11 thoughts on “Believer or follower πŸ˜±

  1. If we identify ourselves as believers in Jesus Christ, all He stands for and is and not simply of Jesus Christ, His existence as a mere man in history and not as God the Son, I believe we will be obedient followers of Christ. But recently, I came to see it may be more understandable to call ourselves followers of Jesus Christ for the very reasons you pointed out.

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  2. Truth! I often use the term believer, especially referring to fallen believers, people who have fallen out of a relationship or claim to follow Christ, but no actions reflect that. I think it is important, however, people do understand the difference. Great points!

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