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Yes, without marriage one can live similarly without baptism one can live, but the highlight is marriage is ones personal decision, more than decision its a choice and baptism is not a choice- it is a command.

1 john 5:3 says as "this is love of God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome".

@ :    baptism is not a choice- it is a command.

A command ?.......well......should we abide by this command ? Most of the people in the Bible didn't obeyed to this command . 
So.... why should we take it seriously ?

@:  1 john 5:3 says as "this is love of God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdens.

Of course it says so.

But other parts of the Bible says differently .

Col 2:14
Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was * against us, * which was* contrary to us*, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

Eph 2:15
Having * abolished * in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;


I am sorry guys, I find it very difficult to type in Tamil. So I am using English. Be patient with me and please read the below. This is what I think of Baptism.

Any concept that our wise God introduces has multiple purposes. This goes with baptism too.

Baptism is not an act that will change your life or spiritual character. It is only a symbolization and acknowledgment of whatever changes that has already happened. This symbolization represents several things.

Proclaiming that you start a relationship with God.

For example, as per law of our government, registering the marriage in the SR office is the actual marriage agreement. But we gather on a specific day and proclaim your marriage vows and tie the knot in front of friends and relatives and publicly declare that we are now husband and wife. It is, we are not in a secret relationship and not ashamed to declare our relationship.

Baptism is similar to that. You actually get into the relationship with God. This happens in your heart in secret and others don’t know it. (Just like registering marriage). But you are not ashamed or afraid of the fact that you are in relationship with the God and you proclaim it publicly through baptism.

This is for the other people to know that this particular guy has entered into relationship with God.

Acknowledging that you are a new person.

Getting into relationship with God is some serious business. You can’t be a sinful guy and get to be with God. So, you need to get cleansed of all the sin. In fact the old sinner has died and a new pure human is born. This should happen in Spirit. (Being born of Spirit). This is the actual change. Getting immersed in water and coming out is a symbolization of that.

This is for the guy who is entering into the relationship with God, a reminder to him/her about the vows he/she has taken, a reminder that the old sinner has died and he/she is supposed to be a new pure bride of God.

Well, this is the ideal situation one gets baptized. Ideally, once baptized we are not supposed to sin after that – because we are born in spirit and fire and we are a pure human. But this is not happening. We sin again and again. (We indeed may not be really born again in spirit, but thought we are born).

But God is merciful and He gives more chances to us and is patient with us. This was what He was showing while washing the feet of His disciples during Lord’s Supper. When Peter says Jesus not to wash his feet, Jesus insists that peter needs to be washed again... John chap13.

“No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”

Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

“Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean.

It is like even though we got cleansed (baptized) he washes us again. He is merciful.

@: arulksn

Few questions please.......

1. Does this symbolic representation is necessary , other than getting a membership in a church congregation etc. ?

2. How could your explanation , " Proclaiming that you start a relationship with God " , " Acknowledging that you are a new person " be translated to Jesus's baptism case ?

3. What if a person prefer not to take this symbolic representation , otherwise close to GOD .?

4. What about OT people ?

5. What is the position of Yahweh in this matter.?

Any thoughts ?

@ Udaya…

I will try to answer your questions as per the limited knowledge I have. I may be wrong and plz correct me if so.

I am answering ur questions in a different order.

Q4: The word baptism is not referred anywhere in the OT. And when John suddenly started giving baptism, thousands of people went and received it. It seems nobody questioned what this act of getting immersed in water is. And at some time later Jesus and the Pharisees even discussed about who is giving baptism and with what authority he is giving baptism. But not about the act of baptism itself. So I think, even at the time of John, the people were aware of what baptism is. May be some sort of ritual, even though not exactly like John’s baptism, atleast very similar to it must have been existing in the time of OT. And the people were aware of it. Could be something like washing as mentioned in Lev 16:4, 24 - but no definite answer here.

Q2: I am not sure why Jesus himself got baptism. I also have lot of questions. John also had this same question and he asked before giving baptism to Jesus. But I think Jesus did that for some good reason.

May be to set an example for us. He is already pure and doesn’t need to be washed. But still He chose to undergo this process. It is not a wrong thing to get washed even though you don’t have stains on you. And it taught a valuable lesson to the people who are stained and the importance of the fact that they definitely need to be washed.

Q1 and Q3 goes together: I don’t think that baptism by water is a ritual that one must go through in order to be saved. There are going to be people in history who never got baptized by water but got saved.

Please consider our pathetic spiritual state of existence and He mercifully saves us and get us to be His bride. (Please do read Ezekiel 15: 3 – 14). Given that He saved us from such a pathetic state, and if we are really ashamed of Jesus, then wouldn’t we be the most ungrateful and back-stabbing people? We can never repay Him for what He has done to us. But atleast we can be thankful to what he has done and not ashamed to tell that He saved us from such a pathetic state.

In some cases, some people may not be aware of such things, and some may not get a chance to say that to the world. (Like the thief in the cross who never got a chance to be baptized). In that case they will still definitely be saved. But if we have the opportunity to recognize Jesus for what He has done to us, and still choose not to do it just because we are ashamed, then we are not really faithful to him. And if not faithful, then how could we be in relationship with Him or close to Him?

The real purpose of baptism is this and not to get membership in some church. Church is considered to be a family of God, and it is reasonable for the church to consider me as one of its member when I get baptized. But if I get baptized just to be a member of any organization for any earthly benefits, then I will be answerable to God for misusing baptism, a symbol of holy relationship. This is same for church also if it misuses baptism.

Q5: Sorry friend. I am not getting what you mean by the question.

What I have said is just my understanding of baptism. If I'm wrong plz correct me and I'll be thankful. :-)


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