Reading an unrelated thread in a different sub-forum, I was inclined to post a statement suggesting that credentials have no place in Christianity. But then, I thought about it a little more and reasoned that perhaps such a blanket statement is incorrect. Certainly, Christianity includes the concept that Jesus of Nazareth became the Christ (Messiah) and perhaps that represents a credential. Similarly, the concept that Jesus Christ is the Son of God could certainly be considered a credential – at least in terms of establishing his relation to the Christian religion.
Though my interest in this basic question is not limited to any specific context, it primarily ponders the question with regard to the followers, or adherents, to the Christian religion. In other words, to what extent do credentials play a role in their own day-to-day lives as they interact with other people and go about being Christians?
Is Christianity primarily a way of life, or is it dependent upon establishing and/or perhaps respecting certain credentials?
If credentials do play a role, is their appreciation and acceptance essential or do they function more as a framework to help followers contemplate interrelationships in the world?