My concern with Jesus being Savior

4 thoughts on “My concern with Jesus being Savior”

  1. I don’t come across too many who argue against the act of baptism; just about everyone who has read the Gospels (including Luke part 2) and the rest of the NT knows that baptism is something that believers should do. I do find too many people however like to waste so much time arguing about the details that they forget to actually just do what it is we’re supposed to do.

    I have nothing at all against a person taking time to make sure they’re understanding baptism properly so they can move forward with it with an unconflicted conscience and (more importantly) with understanding. Personally, I don’t think an adult getting baptized without understanding what they’re doing is no different than an infant getting baptized. But there’s a big difference between taking time to make sure you understand baptism and incessantly debating and arguing it and skipping it completely.

    1. Jason,
      Thanks for taking the time to read and respond.
      There were all kinds of things that I could have included in this post, but I didn’t want to lose myself or anyone else by making it lengthy.

      You pose an interesting thought about there being no difference between an infant baptism and an adult that doesn’t understand what they are doing.

      1. Well, think about it. Usually when we get into discussions with people about the merits (or lack thereof) of infant baptism, the central cord in those discussions is regarding what baptism represents: an acknowledgement of sinfulness and the desire for repentance from it.

        We usually posit that it’s meaningless for the infant, since it requires something that the infant is lacking, namely, the understanding of their sin and the desire to turn from it. If an adult is lacking that understanding and the desire to turn from it, their baptism is just as meaningless as the infant’s.

        Just like the altar calls to which you referred in your post, there’s nothing “magical” in the act of getting dunked underwater. The blessing comes through the willingness (the “faith”) to accept what Jesus said and act upon it, and God rewards that act of obedience the same way a parent rewards their young child at their first act of “yes, daddy” — only better.

      2. I agree with your logic to a point. I don’t think “complete understanding” is what our salvation is based upon. The precept is faith placed in and expressed in obedience to confession, repentance and baptism. Disciples learn from the teacher and do as the teacher instructs them to do, placing faith in teachers purpose for his instruction.

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