Ok, so there are a few things that you said about baptism and Christianity that aren’t exactly true (maybe not baptism, but I’ll delve into that [because you brought it up; beware! :)] too). So the act of getting baptized, specifically by another Christian is in obedience to what God demands of us. And we joyfully obey (Christians). You don’t become a Christian by being baptized. Baptism is something that we obey.
Baptism is a public proclamation of one’s confession of their sins before God. It is a symbolic representation of the rebirth; we are born again in Christ. We are immersed fully in Him (when we go fully under the water). Christ’s righteousness is imputed to us when we repent and believe the gospel. (The water is representative here in this next sentence as Christ. And always.) After giving your testimony, you are above the water, then you are fully immersed by the water into the water, and out of the water: a representation of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. I’ll give you some verses that show this in a moment. 🙂 (BTW, I’m just learning this in a men’s Bible-study and through the sermons that I’m listening to, so I’m really excited about it!) Anyway, this is why water is used. We get soaked. We are immersed fully and completely into the Body and also into God’s hand. But, like I said before, this is a representation. It really is a representation of Justification (note: Justification is when we repent [place our trust and faith in Him], and believe the Gospel. When we do, our sin is set upon Christ on the cross, and His perfectness, His righteousness, is imputed to us. Justification is not a long, continuing thing. It is an instantaneous declaration by God that the sinner is righteous and right before Him. You repent and believe and BAM! Then comes sanctification.) Baptism is a representation of (a Christian) being clothed in Christ and His righteousness and coming out new and transformed being, ready to start a new life in Him. When you are baptized you are publicly proclaiming your faith in Him. Again, this is all a representation of your Justification. Now, words are words and will always be words. Here are some verses to show that the above statements are true. (NASV): Mark 10:32-40 – This, here, is Jesus telling his disciples about his “baptism”. The difference is that his baptism would be in blood and our baptism is in righteousness, for His righteousness is imputed upon us when we repent and believe. – Luke 12:50. Next: Romans 6, specifically verses 3 and 4. This speaks of our justification into his body. This chapter also speaks about life after justification: sanctification. Sanctification is our growing in Christ in all ways until we die after we repent and believe. It is Christ’s working in us (as He is now in us [Christians]) as tools to further his glory. We are part of His Body, He is our righteousness. We are tools in our Maker’s hands. We are the pot being crafted and continually being perfected by the Potter. Yes, we still sin, but we now have the ability NOT to sin. Before we believed, we could only sin. We were slaves to sin. But now, as we are being perfected by Christ through sanctification, we are slaves to righteousness (Ephesians 4:1). Isn’t that a wonderful thought? I would implore you also to read Ephesians. (NOTE: just in case you’re not, I would advise reading these verses as they come along here; it will make much more sense.) (another note: I would advise reading Romans 6 thoroughly. It talks about the old self and the new. Wisdom abounds!) 1 Corinthians 12:11-13. Colossians 2:12-15. (v. 14): “…nailed it to the cross.” Our sins are now on the cross. It’s like a book. That book is all our sins wrapped up. After one repents and believes in Him and places their faith and trust in Him, God takes that book and blinks it out of existence. !!! Ephesians 1:7-14. Acts 2:38 (the command to be baptized). Matthew 28:19 (the command to the saints [Christians]). 1 Corinthians 12:13
I’m not pushing this in your face and telling and demanding that you are very wrong and all that. 🙂 I’m coming humbly to you as a Christian to present the Gospel, and I’m not trying to be rude or anything. 🙂
I hope you take this all into consideration! 🙂 Questions?
Thank you! (languages)
On coffee, I would suggest trying different mixtures and types. I guess it could take some getting used to, but it all starts with when you start liking the smell! XD