In another WB article, John Guzlowski asked “are there actual behaviors that are required of a Christian?” I’ll duck the “required” part, leaving that to God, but I am certain there are behaviors that demonstrate one definitely is a Christian.
Although most people miss it, Jesus modeled those behaviors for us as follows:
He spoke to blind eyes and they opened–spoke to deaf ears and they heard,--spoke to the lame and they walked--spoke to diseases and they left--spoke to storms and they quieted.–spoke over food and it multiplied. But, most of all He spoke to demonic powers and they released people.
Along with behavior that is unique to Jesus, is His explanation of the purpose of His behaviors as well as the mechanics of His behaviors. He announced His purpose was demonstrating the power of God over the powers of the rulers of the darkness of this world. As to the mechanics, in Mark 11:22 Jesus explained: “Have faith in God! I can guarantee this truth: “This is what will be done for someone who doesn't doubt but believes what he says , will happen.”
As I wrote in a companion article, (Wait in the City Until Endued With Power), the disciples waited in Jerusalem until the promised power came on them. They went out, manifesting the behaviors of Jesus, awing the world. However, sometime around the fourth century the Church lost its way and the behaviors began to disappear, After that, the majority of Christians sit like horses still waiting at the starting gate.
Very recently, the behaviors of Jesus are reemerging. Even some people are able to demonstrate them at high levels, healing the sick, casting out demons etc. etc. Others, and I include myself, are more like the TV series I followed. In it, a youth discovered a superman suit he could put on and demonstrate Superman’s powers–leaping tall buildings–moving at high speeds.
The only problem was in the beginning he couldn’t master it. So he would go to leap a ten story building and crash into the fifth floor. Or speed at break neck velocity only to slam into a telephone post. The good news was after much practice, he began to get the hang of it.
If a person wants to be like Jesus, he needs to wait in the city to get the power. (See my article WB Stay in the City Until Endued With Power). It also helps to understand what Paul wrote. “We are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but with persons without bodies–the evil rulers of the unseen world, those mighty satanic beings and great evil princes who rule this world and against huge numbers of wicked spirits in the spirit world.” (Eph 6:24 The Book translation)
I won’t speak of the missions of other religions, However for sure, the Christian church is the only system which has demonstrated it can identify and has as its mission to destroy the works of evil in the spiritual realm. Like OO7, it has been sanctioned to destroy. Unfortunately, over the years, the Church has invented many behaviors which look good on the surface but don’t come close to the behaviors Jesus modeled for us.