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where it says have to be born again..born of the flesh is flesh, of the spirit , spirit. is that saying have to be baptized and that is the being "born again?"
and when it says if you eat of hisflesh and drink of his blood you will not thirst or i know thats not literal or every catholic would be stick thin rofl so what does that mean? just that you wont feel that longing or emptiness anymore?

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Asked by moki1984 at 10:00 PM on Jul. 7, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Yes, being born again is being baptized and announcing in public view that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior. You hit it right on the nail about both of your questions.

    Answer by Ilovemy5joys at 10:03 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • born of the flesh refers to your birth born of the spirit refers to the spirit man within you being born again.
    the flesh and the blood refers to His word. You need to "eat His word and Drink of His spirit this feeds your spirit .. you Spirit needs food and the Word is food to your Spirit and the blood refers to the New Wine which is drink to your spirit.
    Without this your spirit "dies" . Yes it means you wont feel an emptiness but you will feel a continual hunger for more of Him everyday.... we drink and eat every day and what we recieve we also pour out to others .

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 10:06 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • No, you don't have to be baptized in order to be "born again" - the baptism is merely a symbolic ritual to announce your commitment to Christ and to be "washed" in the "blood" or in the "spirit". Being born again means that when you accept Christ you are born again as a new, clean spirit. Christ died for our sins so that when we accept him and repent, those sins are "cleansed" from us and we are once again "pure" in the eyes of God.

    That's how I was explained the concept of being Born Again. Hope it helps! :-)

    Answer by jennijune_21 at 10:33 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • Being "born again" does mean to be baptized.  The idea of original sin is that "in" Adam all have sinned and that reflects the doctrine of justification that "in" Christ all are saved.  So when we are born in the flesh - we are born in Adam, in original sin.  Through baptism we are born again in Spirit - born again in Christ. 

    "Are Catholics Born Again?" and "Is Baptism Merely a Symbol" are helpful articles.


    Answer by eringobrough at 11:01 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • Catholics refer to John 6 as the Eucharistic chapter because we see in it the understanding of the bread and wine becoming the Body and Blood of Christ (transubstantion). (See "Christ in the Eucharist").

    Transubstantion accepts that there are 2 ways changes occur - outward and inner changes.  Like when we become a mother - we we not only have bigger breasts and a little extra aroundt he waist - but inside we are now a mother to someone else.  Or think of a work of art - an original is worth more than an exact copy because there is something internal to the original that is different than the copy even it the copy looks exactly the same.  So for Catholics, the bread/wine retain the outward appearnce - but the essenace changes to be that of the Body and Blood of Christ.


    Answer by eringobrough at 11:10 PM on Jul. 7, 2009


    Answer by lawla at 3:19 PM on Jul. 8, 2009

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