Is water baptism necessary for salvation?

In this article I attempt to answer the question: Is water baptism necessary for salvation?

(Mark 16:16) “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes not shall be damned.”

I think, most people misread it: “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes not or baptizes not shall be damned.”

Baptism gives salvation but is not a necessary condition for salvation. (It is not said “who baptizes not shall be damned.”) The example of the repented bandit on the cross co-crucified with Jesus without doubt tells that he was saved without water baptism:

(Luk. 23:41-43) “41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man has done nothing amiss. 42 And he said to Jesus, Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom. 43 And Jesus said to him, Truly I say to you, To day shall you be with me in paradise.”

I remind that the faith does not work without deeds:

(Jam. 2:19-26) “19 You believe that there is one God; you do well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 See you how faith worked with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23 And the scripture was fulfilled which said, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed to him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 24 You see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. 25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

Baptism is a deed of faith what here means that if one believes then he is going to be baptized. If anyone would say that he believes but refuses to baptize, he in my opinion still goes to the hell.

But that bandit was not able to baptize with water, despite he got the faith. So he is not damned.

The other argument of these who insist that baptism is necessary for salvation:

(John 3:5-7) “5 Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said to you, You must be born again.”

This looks very similar to a reference to water baptism. But it cannot be (see the case of the bandit). So it may probably signify that borning again happens when the spirit enters human body and interacts with water inside (remember that human body consist 60% of water).

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Why sin and the devil are necessary

The devil invented “sin”, a way to misguide our brains.

“Sin” is a DoS attack. It can be reformulated in another way (even if you don’t know what “DoS attack” is):

Sin is a too hard problem which overwhelms our brains and makes us unable to think properly about other problems.

So, we can conclude that sin is necessary, because that a problem is too hard does not make an allowance to skip it in the study. Sin needs to come into the world in order to be overcome (“solved”) organizing such a relationship between us and God which make it no problem anymore.

So the existence of sin and the devil are necessary. It is a part of the plan of God.

This is the explanation why all sufferings are necessary, as sufferings are just coming through too hard problems. But no problem is too hard to not be necessary to appear to be solved.

Faithfulness of slaves of Christ (1Cor. 4:1-2)

(1Cor. 4:1-2) 1 So let a man think of us as Christ’s servants, and stewards of God’s mysteries. 2 Here, moreover, it is required of stewards, that they be found faithful.

Have you ever thought why from us is required faithfulness? (verse 2) The answer is in verse 1, because we are stewards of mysteries. The main thing which is required from us it not to tell to much (keep secrets)! It is faithfulness.

For God all things are simple. But after studying these two verses I think that for God is even simpler to transform a faithful stupid into a clever person than to transform a not faithful clever person into a faithful person.

So I conclude from 1Cor. 4:1-2 that if we have faithfulness to not say what we should not to say, then God will give us the rest (intellect, power, etc.)

Who is truly faithful indeed cannot be very stupid, because to be faithful is to differentiate what to do and what not to do (accordingly will of God), and who can differentiate these things in not stupid. It is a lie of Devil about stupid faithful persons. If one is faithful, he is already not stupid.

I deem that to be faithful is enough, because in this case God will give us all the rest gifts.

Why to not destroy our bodies

In many places of Bible it is written that our purposes are for the heavenly life, for soul, spiritual things etc.

So a natural question arises: Why us not to destroy our bodies as these are not important.

The answer to this questions is (1Cor. 3:16) 16 Don’t you know that you are a temple of God, and that God’s Spirit lives in you? 17 If anyone destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is holy, which you are.

Now we know that we should not destroy our bodies, but not because these would be important or valuable for us (these are not important for us at all as we are for heavenly life not for the Earth), but just to not be punished for damaging a temple.

Who and to who speaks in Bible?

(Psalm 23)

1 Yahweh is my shepherd:
I shall lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul.
He guides me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me.
Your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil.
My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and loving kindness shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in Yahweh’s house forever.

We know that the Bible is God’s word. But who speaks in this psalm? He speaks about his God. At first it seems not to be a word of God Himself.

Really, these are words of Christ to His Father. It is a word of God to His God.

Yahweh is the shepherd of Jesus. Jesus will lack nothing, etc. (see the text of the psalm).

The above may even at first seems discouraging. Is it directed to Jesus not to us?! It is directed to us if we are in Christ.

Why the devil and sin exist?

Why the devil and sin exist?

It is a paradox that the devil and sin exist in the world created by perfect, good God.

It is usually answered that it is because of pride. But the natural question would be: Why then pride exists?

The comprehensible answer is that every problem must be solved and to be solved a problem need to appear. So sin is necessary to appear in the universe.

Read more here.