I have often mistakenly thought King Agrippa was paying Paul sort of a compliment in the passage below. I thought Agrippa was saying or implying that Paul had preached to him so eloquently, so persuasively, that Agrippa was sitting on the fence between doubt and belief. But looking further into the passage and the etymology of the word "Christian" has convinced me otherwise.
Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.
What does Christian mean?
EcretinPronunciation /ˈkrētn/ /ˈkritn/ Translate cretin into Spanish
But what does the Bible say about these Cretians?
12One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. 13This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
WAIT! Before anyone becomes offended remember, the wisdom of this world is foolishness to G-d, and the wisdom of G-d is foolishness to this world.
So, although it seems to turn out the term "Christian" was meant in a derogatory way, those who obey the gospel , although looked upon by the world as idiots, ought not be ashamed for their faith and obedience .
1 Peter 4:15-17
But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.
16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
Although the Cretians were often seen as evildoers, Peter in the above scripture is telling the believers to not suffer as a person who is an evildoer, but if you are to suffer as a Christian, or someone thought of as an (idiot/fool), don't be ashamed.
1 Peter 2:12
Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
No wonder the Apostle Paul said these things-