I am of the belief that I am a Christian because I am validly Baptized with water, In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and that I profess a faith in the Holy Trinity.
Am I correct? Why or why not?
For instance…the Muslims believe Jesus was prophet and accept his teachings. The Jews accept Jesus as a Rabbi (teacher) and accept his teachings (according to their understanding) but neither religion is a Christian religion.
For instance…Catholics believe in justification by faith and good works while the Protestants believe in justification by faith alone so neither of those can be a “requirement” to be a Christian.
So what exactly is the essence or the invariable nature of a Christian? (Catholic or Protestant)
I am not asking about the way one lives their life: I am presuming a good and faithful life with respect to this question.