The Civil Writer Magazine

Let me ask you a question. Are you a physician, clinician, historian, dentist, proctologist, Jesuit, psychiatrist, or protagonist. Are you related to or liken to, or trained to be any of these professions carrying the suffixes -ian or -ist? Suffix. -ian. (an adjective) related to, or like. (as a noun) belonging to, relating to, or like. Suffix. -ist. (noun) often corresponding to -ize or -ism, that denote a person who practices, is expert in, or is concerned with something, or holds certain principles, doctrines, etc.: like an apologist; machinist; novelist; socialist; Thomist.

In what manner are you like a Christ. Are you like a Christ by education or power? Can you identify with being Christ-like because of your conversion. "Christ" is not a surname, it's a title. It's appended to the Greek form of the Messiah, which is Χριστός (Christos) and in Hebrew מָשִׁיחַ (Māšîaḥ) meaning "anointed one". Are you messiah-like. Can you relate to being a messiah a leader or savior of a particular group or cause. You cannot be anything with the suffix -ian unless it is a professoon i.e., physician or technician. When did Christ-like aka messiah-like mean a professional Christ(ian).

There are no such people as a Jewian, Buddhian or Islamian meaning related to, or like. People are not Christ-like but are Jesus-like or Jesuism, also called Jesusism or Jesuanism, concern with the teachings of Jesus in distinction to the teachings of mainstream Christianity. In particular, the term is often contrasted with Pauline Christianity and mainstream church dogma. To be anything with an ish or ism, suffixes of “belonging to” you must be a (British; Danish; English; Spanish) or a (Jesuism) which means “after the manner of,” “having the characteristics of,” “like” (babyish; girlish, Jewish, or blackish rather than be Christ-like aka Christian meaning (like). They must be an -ish or -ism (“belonging to”) rather than an -ian. Linguisticians concerned with the nature of language and communication would not have developed the term Christian like Peter and Paul because it would mean messiah-like aka Christ-like rather than (belonging to) Jesus-like aka Jesuism.