Is Scriptural Baptism really necessary for salvation?
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Figure 1 Figure 2
Figure 1 shows that a person must be birthed into the physical world as a human being. Bear in mind that up until just before birth the infant is in a sack filled with water. The newborn passes from the amniotic fluid filled sack into life. Consider all that the newborn must learn to do, breath on its own, learn to use its arms and legs as opposed top floating in water and being carried by its mother, and make decisions that will allow it to live successfully.
Figure 2 is a depiction of birth into the spiritual Kingdom of God. One cannot enter the spiritual kingdom without that birth. The physical human must hear the gospel of Christ, believe that he is the son of God based on the teachings of scripture. He must confess him as the Christ. He must repent of past sin, every responsible human have sin Rom 5:12 Wherefore,G1223 G5124 asG5618 byG1223 oneG1520 manG444 sinG266 enteredG1525 intoG1519 theG3588 world,G2889 andG2532 deathG2288 byG1223 sin;G266 andG2532 soG3779 deathG2288 passedG1330 uponG1519 allG3956 men,G444 forG1909 thatG3739 allG3956 have sinned:G264
Before entry into God's spiritual kingdom one must repent of that sin. Only the blood of Jesus can forgive that sin. When one follows the prescription of Mark 16:16 and goes into the waters of baptism contact is made with the blood of Jesus making it possible for that sin to be washed away. One comes up out of the water a new person and is added to the spiritual kingdom of God by Jesus himself. Contrary to what some teach only Jesus can add us to that kingdom. When a Christian, a person who have gone through the process of Mark 16:16. That person then must continue to walk in the teachings of Jesus then his sin will continue to be forgiven when he is faithful to ask for forgiveness.
The Bible teaches that a person must be birthed into the Kingdom of God. Some teaches today that God will save us all regardless of what we desire for our final destination. Mark 16: 16 clearly teach that we have a choice and that we must choose. When we choose to believe we can be saved. When we choose to disbelieve or not believe then we have made the choice of damnation. The belief or teaching that God will save all regardless of their desire makes God out to be a tyrant and that his creation have no choice in the matter of salvation.
I am not surprised that many will choose to not embrace these so called "Christian teachings" who wants to live under a tyrant?
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Mar 16:16 He that believethG4100 andG2532 is baptizedG907 shall be saved;G4982 butG1161 he that believeth notG569 shall be damned.G2632