what role (if any) does baptism play in salvation? its mentioned in the Bible but it seems that many denominations are focusing more on the "asking Jesus into your heart" idea then baptism. maybe its b/c i was raised in a "baptism is essential for salvation" denomination, but it has always seemed like a necessary piece of the puzzle. what do these Bible verses mean in your denomination if not to show that baptism is a requirement?
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."
And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand —with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.
1 Peter 3: 20b-22
disclaimer: my beliefs are no longer tied to the belief of certain requirements for salvation. i dont think those who dont believe baptism is necessary for salvation are going to hell or anything like that. im just curious how some Christian denominations can claim baptism isnt necessary when it seems from the above verses that it is. granted being raised in the Churches of Christ ive memorized these verses from birth in order to prove the CoC's "side".
Answer by Iamgr8teful at 1:03 PM on May. 22, 2012
Answer by daps at 3:31 PM on May. 22, 2012
Answer by -Eilish- at 11:18 AM on May. 22, 2012
Answer by -Eilish- at 11:22 AM on May. 22, 2012
Answer by daps at 5:31 PM on May. 22, 2012
Depends on your religion, some believe it just an outward sign of a conversion. Baptism for Catholics is the transformation. Is a sacrament. The baptism does the work. Baptism is the seal and commitment
Answer by adnilm at 8:04 AM on May. 22, 2012
Answer by -Eilish- at 11:24 AM on May. 22, 2012
Baptism earlier does help protect you from evil spirits somewhat during your lifetime.
Uh...not sure where you're getting that from because it's certainly not biblical. While Christians can not be possessed by evil spirits, they most certainly can be oppressed by them.
but why would anyone who is a Christian choose not to be baptized?
Precisely. In Acts 9:36, the eunich asked Phillip, "What prevents me from being baptized?". We are to follow Christ's example, no? I think Jesus Christ Himself getting baptized speaks volumes. If baptism is just a ritual, the only thing it can do is sever you from Christ like circumcision. How can you reach the blood of our Savior if you are not baptized into His death?
Answer by popzaroo at 5:41 AM on May. 24, 2012
Answer by popzaroo at 5:48 AM on May. 24, 2012
Answer by adnilm at 8:07 AM on May. 22, 2012