What is a Christian?

What makes a person a Christian? Who decides who is a Christian and who is not?

I know where the term was first used, but I am curious as to what might have earned Christians that particular moniker. I am aware of no "inside the Bible" answer, no formal definition, and so I realize that everyone that comes to the table for this discussion will have to go outside of our common source and into their personal sources (whatever they may be).

Personally (and let me know what I miss and what I have right, if you like) I think the meaning of the word Christian is, "one who follows Christ." We might add subordinate clauses, like "one who accepts the Apostle's claims about Christ," or "one who accepts the authority of XXXX regarding Christ." I just want to know what makes us embrace the name "Christian."

What makes YOU a Christian?

(play nice)

So is a Christian by JStaller (not verified)
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Certainly there's more ... by PastorDaveSallee
Christian??? by fr_wayne_mcnamara
presumption of authority by billywheaton
I think... by JStaller (not verified)
We are very close by michael_legna
Who was Jesus? by JStaller (not verified)

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