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A Christian is a person who follows Jesus and has a personal and living relationship with him. Followers of Jesus were first called Christians in Antioch in the first century AD. Today, there are around 2 billion people who call themselves Christians world-wide.
Some Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox and Anglican Christians consider a person to be a Christian once baptism has taken place. Since infants are baptized in these churches, this often means that a young child can be called a Christian. Alternatively, many Protestants consider that a personal belief in Jesus as saviour defines a person as Christian. In countries where Christianity is historically the majority religion, the term is often used to describe anyone who has a vague belief in God.
There are a number of other terms that are often synonymous with the word "Christian". Terms such as believer and born again are sometimes used to denote a Christian, particularly used to distinguish people who are active followers of Jesus who have a personal relationship him as opposed to people who are nominal Christians (see below).
- Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion; it is like a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.