Christians say belief in God, forgiveness and honesty are the top “essentials” of what it means to be a Christian. A survey asked participants about a series of 16 beliefs and behaviors. Among Christians, believing in God tops the list, with 86 percent saying belief in God is “essential” to their Christian identity. Around seven out of 10 Christians say being grateful for what they have, forgiving those who have wronged them and always being honest are also essential to being Christian. Surprisingly, only 35 percent said that attending religious services is essential.