I understand what the phrase means and what Jesus meant in John 3 when he told his followers they must be born again to inherit eternal life. The way I look at it, everyone who believes in Christ is given a new life and is therefore, born-again, simply by believing in Jesus as their savior. So, why the distinction?
Answer by Lexylex at 6:34 AM on Aug. 10, 2009
Answer by BakingForFun at 4:27 PM on Aug. 9, 2009
Answer by NovemberLove at 4:30 PM on Aug. 9, 2009
I know what you mean, NovemberLove. I believe it is almost a form of Gnosticism to refer to only certain believers as born again. It makes it seem like it is some special club that only specific Christians can belong to. 1 Corinthians 11-14 specifically says that we are all one spirit and one body of believers.
Answer by cleanaturalady at 4:39 PM on Aug. 9, 2009
Answer by NovemberLove at 5:01 PM on Aug. 9, 2009
Answer by waytruthlife at 5:24 PM on Aug. 9, 2009
I use the term to differentiate between those who attend church and those who have truly accepted Christ. Going to church doesn't make you a born again Christian any more than if I go to synagogue or mosque makes me Jewish or Muslim. Primarily I use it so that people will know where I am coming from. So they have some sort of frame of reference for what I believe.
What concerns me is when people use those labels either to brag, "I'm a born again...." or as a put down. I see that in the area where politics and religion overlap, "evangelicals support...." For a while the term "fundamentalist" was used that way.
Answer by teamquinn at 5:29 PM on Aug. 9, 2009
Answer by NovemberLove at 5:35 PM on Aug. 9, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 5:41 PM on Aug. 9, 2009
Anon :41, John 3:16 says that whoever believes has eternal life in heaven. In John 3:3 where it mentions being born again, it can also be interpreted at 'born from above'. How are we born form above? Through our belief. Jesus explains this to Nicodemus in verses 13-15 of John 3. So, I don't see where your answer that 'because you have to do more than simply believe' answers my question as to why some people choose to set themselves apart as born again when as believers we are all born again and given a new life at the time of our belief.
Answer by cleanaturalady at 6:26 PM on Aug. 9, 2009
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