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What Does it Mean to be “Born Again”?

...Unless one is “born again.” This phrase carries great meaning no matter what Christian denomination you come from. The meaning of the phrase certainly changes depending upon your particular belief system, but the power of the phase remains intact. To be “born again” in all cases implies one of the most significant spiritual changes any person can ever experience. So when does being “born again” happen and what does it really mean? Does this spiritual change happen when one is baptized as an infant or when one commits their life to God through Jesus or when one is baptized as an adult or when one dies? Is this spiritual change a prepaid one way ticket to heaven or an opportunity for power and control in your present life, or is it a sober and humbling opportunity to sacrifice all that you have and all that you are?

Should Everyone Be Baptized?

Humanity loves ritual and tradition, as they give us a sense of our roots and a sense of belonging. Christianity has its rituals, one of which is baptism. The problem is, there are many ways that different Christian groups define baptism. So, what part should baptism play in our Christian faith? Is it necessary? Should babies or adults be baptized? Does baptism actually change you, or is it a symbol of a change within you?

Why Do We Baptize?

Baptism is one of the central themes of Christianity and is held as sacred by all denominations. Now you would think that with such widespread agreement that Christianity would be in agreement, but alas we are not! Here are the areas of concern: who should be baptized, what does baptism actually mean, when (at what age) should baptism take place, why should we be baptized and how is baptism properly administered? So, let’s see what baptism is all about!

Who Needs Baptism?

With 2,000 denominations of Christianity, we can be assured that there are many, many ways to view baptism. Are babies supposed to get baptized, or is baptism only for adults? Does baptism actually take away your sins, or is it an important symbol of a conscious decision already made? Is baptism a “no exceptions” requirement to enter the Kingdom of God, or does it show that the Kingdom of God has entered you? Why does the New Testament refer to “John’s baptism” and separately to “Jesus’ baptism”? So many questions, so many perspectives, and so little time!