“Christlike.” It is an interesting term and often a confusing one. To be “Christ-like” depends entirely on our definition of Christ. If we define Christ according to our preferences, then our preferences will determine what it means to be Christlike.
If we define Christ according to what Scripture says (all of Scripture and not just the parts we prefer), then that will determine what it means to be Christlike. Often people question the validity of Christianity because of the way some Christians act. When Christians are hypocrites, people point to that as a reason to reject the validity of Christ. A hypocrite is one who acts in ways that contradict their stated beliefs. But, “If followers of Jesus contradict their beliefs with their actions, this undermines their integrity and not necessarily their stated beliefs.”1