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Tag: Names and Terminology

These articles describe “Christian-ese” terms that may not be immediately familiar or meaningful to those outside or new to Christianity.

Son of Man

Christian, tell me why did Jesus refer to himself as the “Son of Man”? Was he claiming to be simply a man?

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Living Water

Christian, tell me why did Jesus say He was the source of “Living Water”? What is meant by that?

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Pharisees

Christian, tell me why do you use the term “Pharisee” as derogatory? What does it mean?

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Hands and Feet

Christian, tell me why do you call yourself the “hands and feet” of Christ? What do you mean by that?

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Before and After

Christian, tell me why is the Bible divided into an “Old” vs. a “New” testament? What is the difference between the two?

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Doxology

Christian, tell me why do you sing something called a “Doxology”? What is that?

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Rock of Ages

Christian, tell me why do you refer to God as a rock? You sing songs like “Rock of Ages” and “On Christ, the Solid Rock”. What do you mean by those?

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Deacons

Christian, tell me why do you call your leaders “deacons”? Why do some churches not allow women to be deacons, but others do?

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Apostles

Christian, tell me why are some Bible folks called “Apostles”? What does that mean?

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Promised Land

Christian, tell me why do you talk and sing about “crossing the river” to the “Promised Land”?

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Atonement

Christian, tell me why do you talk about “atonement”? That’s an awfully church-y word. What does it mean?

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Tabernacle

Christian, tell me why do you use that strange word “tabernacle”? It’s just a church building like any other, isn’t it?

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Faith

Christian, tell me why do you expect anyone to have blind faith in something they can’t see? Why follow a fairy tale?

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Covenant

Christian, tell me why do you talk about “covenants”? What does that mean, and why is it important to you?

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Redemption

Christian, tell me why do you talk about “redemption” or “being redeemed” or Jesus as your “Redeemer”? What do you mean by the word “redeem”?

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Bride of Christ

Christian, tell me why do you refer to the church as the “Bride of Christ”? Is that any relation to Bride of Frankenstein? !!

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Kingdom of God

Christian, tell me why do you talk about the “Kingdom of God”? I don’t see any palaces or thrones being built!

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Born Again

Christian, tell me why do you say that you are “born again” and have become a “new creature”? What on earth does that even mean?

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