First, one source defines Christianity this way:
"Christianity is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. Its adherents, known as Christians, believe that Jesus is the Christ, whose coming as the Messiah was prophesied in the Hebrew Bible, called the Old Testament in Christianity, and chronicled in the New Testament. It is the world's largest religion..." (https//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity)
Now, whereas there are TENS OF THOUSANDS of sects, schisms, and cults that all call themselves "Christian," the primary question I must ask is:
"Does any one of these, individually, represent something that people would call "TRUE" Christianity, i.e., as specifically approved of and sanctioned by God...Jehovah...the Creator? (Psalm 83:18)
Therein lays the rub. Of course, if you know anything about the Bible, you probably heard of the "resurrection of the righteous and the unrighteous." Ergo, one day, every individual will have the opportunity to either acknowledge or deny Jesus Christ as King. Recognizing, of course, that God's Kingdom under Christ Jesus and the redemption of humanity is the theme of the Bible.
DARE I CALL MYSELF CHRISTIAN?
For decades, I personally tried to convince myself that Jehovah's Witnesses were the sole sanctified representatives of the Heavenly kingdom here on Earth. Whereas they are Christians (and probably follow Christian teaching more closely than any other group calling themselves such), they remain human. They are followers of a human-made, human-led organization whose leaders, as they often revealed, are just as benign and fallible as any others on Earth. However, their perspective on the Bible and its teachings is far removed from that of the main-stream churches and most all other schisms.
Concerning such are also those prominent, yet falsely called 'Christian' organizations, such as the Roman Catholics and those of their ilk, of whom Jesus spoke saying, "Many will come based on my name declaring that I am the Christ, and will mislead many." Likely also those to whom Jesus referred when he said, "Many will say to me in that day, "Lord, have we not prophesied in your name and done powerful works in your name, and I will say to them; get away from me you workers of lawlessness."
The "Holy Roman Empire" is the same ones that MURDERED Jesus Christ and all of his followers and apostles, and then in 523-AD, through the "Council of Nicaea," openly declared that The Kingdom of God belonged to them, calling their corrupted version of God's Kingdom, Catholicism, or The Universal Church. Thus, Satan set into motion the false priesthood and false prophets that would bring about the DARK AGES in which we still find ourselves living today. (That darkness, of course, is Spiritual Darkness.)
Still, among such grossly false and/or corrupted organizations, there are those people, although trapped within their religious dementia who still devoutly recognize that Jesus is the Messiah and savior of humanity and do their utmost to follow his teachings, expressing unwavering love for Christ and humanity. It is these, from my point of view, who are the very ones for whom Jesus most specifically sacrificed his life.
Recall that Jesus said, "I do not come for the sake of those righteous, but to bring the sinner to repentance" (or substance). Also again, "There will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous," and so much more!
Consequently, if you actually think of yourself as righteous or "Christ-like," then what need is His sacrifice to you? This would mean that parts of humanity can, on their own, gain salvation without him and his sacrifice! By considering yourself to be righteous, even by means of His sacrifice, you are unwittingly declaring others to be "unrighteous, are you not, and thereby setting yourselves up as judges of others?
How could you possibly walk about with your Bible tucked under your arm, so to speak, declaring that "you and your group alone has THE TRUTH" and that everyone else should be honoring you as such? How can you (ANY RELIGIOUS GROUP) be doing so 'without' looking down upon and judging others as being lesser ones than yourselves? As though you alone are favored by the Christ and his Father? A mundane notion that smacks of egoism, false humility, pretentiousness, and self-righteousness.
Nowhere in the Bible does it say, "I have come to save the Catholic," or the Baptist, or the Methodist, or the Jew, or the Witness (a name taken from Isaiah 43 and used concerning Israel). In fact, if Isaiah 43 is to be extended, Isaiah mentions the blind and deaf, ALL of the people from the North regions, and the South regions, etc., who should turn to Jehovah!
To view your own failed humanity as if it is something superior requires you to view all others as those condemned by Christ and God. With that frame of thinking, how could you possibly consider yourself to be other than righteous and thereby set yourself up as judges and authoritarians, i.e., those who will judge all of humanity? Conversely, perhaps consider yourselves as being those referred to in the letter to Timothy as, "Having a form of Godly devotion, yet proving false to its power."
So try as you might, you are not going to go door-to-door, preach, wrap yourself in suit and tie, become monastic and dress in false humility and self-righteousness, and thereby gain Christ's approval. Monks have attempted to do so for thousands of years, as have others calling themselves 'Reverend' and 'Father' and 'brother' and 'sister,' etc.
EVERY religion calling itself CHRISTIAN obviously takes that sacred record of God's words, and as Satan would have them do, pluck and pull it to pieces to make their own sweet puzzle of it, and then HAMMER those pieces together to paint their own false images of Christ and God's Kingdom! This will not change until we all recognize that the PRINCIPLES apply to us, not the prophecies and ownership of God and Christ!
The Kingdom of God Is Formed and Established, and We Are Waiting For It!
The apostles died off or were murdered, as was Christ Jesus. He told them, "If they hate me, they will hate you also. You will be persecuted and killed for the sake of my name. The world will reject you" (or substance). But from them and those of that time, the anointed were selected, True Christianity was formulated, and the Kingdom of God was established. Consequently, we are taught to pray, "Our Father in Heaven, Let Your Kingdom come, and let Your will be done..."
But...then...300 or so years after Jesus was murdered, and I reiterate: "Satan, through the Roman clergy, corrupted Christianity and claimed the Kingdom of God to be theirs!" Are you that blind that you cannot see this fact? In 523 AD, the Nicean Counsel perverted and corrupted the teachings of Christ by blending and torturing his teachings to fit and to promote their own false image and hideous grandiloquence. Read the credo; see for yourself, and observe their phony pomp and regalia. Not even the Jews had a more murderous and vicious history than they!
Still, just as Jesus told his apostles and disciples, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me." He also said, "No one comes to me unless the Father who sent me draws that one to me" (or substance). Look it up if you think I'm wrong!
Billions are drawn to Christ Jesus, those who are of no particular group or denomination. So you, of whatever "group" you belong, CAN YOU audaciously declare that Jehovah has not drawn them to His Son? Have YOU heard God's voice so clearly that you can condemn others that declare their love for Christ simply because they do not follow your credo, your passion? >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Yes, I do call myself Christian and declare Christianity as THE TRUE RELIGION!
CHRISTIANITY IS A FAITH, NOT PRACTICE, OR A SET OF RITUALS. Ironically, only those who first attempt to PRACTICE what he taught, as well as attempt to embrace the fruits of God's Spirit (i.e., "Love, Joy, Peace, Kindness, Goodness, Faith, Humility, and Self-control") will attempt to approach him, that is, once His Father, God (Jehovah) draws them to him.
This means that you, YOU, must read and know something about the Bible to believe it. Don't just lay about like a lazy ass and declare there is no God, or that God doesn't care, just because you watch the evening news, see the condition of the world, and think that you now have and know everything you need to formulate a sound conclusion. I guarantee you; you don't know anything at all.
Those without Christ; consider your swamis and gurus; meditation masters; Scientologists; circles of fire; crystals; stones; icons; beads; idols, and so many, many other practices that distract and lead people away from him. All of those things are designs of Satan; his overt and "mysterious" magic, intended to tell everyone that all they need is their mind; that they have 'inwardly' all the power they need; God is not necessary because they themselves are GODLIKE and the power of life lives within them! Which is simply not true!
Satan wants you to believe that Christianity is all lies and deceptions. Just as Satan told Eve at the creation of man and woman, "You positively will NOT die, because God knows that in the day of your eating (from the tree of knowledge) you are bound to become like God, knowing good and bad for yourselves." BUT...look now at the consequences of her having followed that advice! The world belongs to Satan, and isn't it wonderful!?
There is no magic, and the answers are so much simpler than anyone can imagine, i.e., "For you to seek God, and grope for him, although, in fact, he is not far off from any one of us." (Reference that from your Bible.)
So then, when will our Creator bring about the needed changes? When will these New Heavens and New Earth be delivered? That is the One True God's decision, only. Jehovah (Psalm 83:18) God, alone, knows the timeframe. We know nothing of it; not even Jesus knows of it. You should also note that we cannot "rightly" say that the world's conditions are an indication of its nearness, simply because conditions like these have existed repeatedly since the time of Christ's death and resurrection and before. Since then, the world has not been without war, famine, pestilence, plague, and so on. "The end" will happen when it happens. "The day and the hour NO ONE knows." But, we are warned to keep in expectation of it.
Jesus' advent to Earth is well documented, witnessed, and corroborated by historical documentation. His miracles were witnessed and sworn to in the oldest and most popular book on Earth. So, am I a "Christian?" Well, that's not up to me, OR YOU, to decide, is it? Christ, Jesus and his Father will determine who is and who is not. Am I "drawn" to Jesus? You bet I am. Do I depend on Jesus' sacrifice? You bet I do! But do I recognize any, one religion on this Earth as being "sanctified" by God...No! When one begins raising the dead, healing the sick, and forgiving sins, I will likely pay closer attention, but all that I see are humans groping in the dark.
Final thought: do I fear death? Not in the slightest. NO TRUE CHRISTIAN SHOULD, in my opinion. Why, because I know that 'IF' God judges me as 'unworthy,' I will cease to exist. Conversely, if I am found worthy, I will awaken to (what seems like) a new morning, but I will be on a new paradisaic Earth where I will meet all those loved ones who are, essentially, already there waiting for me.
Throw off your doubt, your ego, selfishness, and accept that "All those calling upon the name of Jehovah will be saved," according to God's will and the sacrifice of his Son, Jesus Christ.