Re: Is Baptism Important?
Am I missing something? In the context of John 3, being “born of water” is being born physically. The water being amniotic fluid. I has nothing to do with baptism. I know that doesn’t sound all theological like you all, but John 3:5 comes right after John 3:4 where Nicodemus asks:
“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”
Jesus says “being born again”. That’s one birth (spiritual) in addition to an already existing birth (physical).
As a tangent: I don’t believe in “once saved, always saved”, but how is the Gospel good news if we don’t know until after death whether God’s going to save us or damm us? Paul seemed to think it was pretty straightforward: “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” No “might”. Anyway, that’s a topic for yet another thread.