Believers in Christ are not Christian?
Ok, so I have this friend who is a believer who, upon discovering I had become atheist, basically flipped out. As believers often do he felt it was his duty, as a friend, to save my soul from eternal Hell and show me the light. Round and round and round went the usual conversations and debates, eventually degrading into arguments accompanied with the attitude of superiority and righteousness (He would sacrifice his time and energies to pray for me because I obviously need outside intervention, much like you would do for an alcoholic friend in denial and spinning wildly out of control). Pretty typical, right?
But the interesting part of it all was that, all the while he's preaching the teachings of Jesus Christ and quoting the Bible, he would become indignant whenever I referred to him as being Christian or religious. Even offering him the widely accepted dictionary definitions of "Christian" or "religion" didn't make any difference.
Can anyone explain this? Why would a believer, preaching the Christian Bible, be insulted by being referred to as a Christian?
"The Bible looks like it started out as a game of Mad Libs" - Bill Maher