Today Steve Ray joins me to talk about what it means to be born again. We discuss what we meant by it when we were both evangelicals, but he digs deep into scripture.
Born Again The Bible Way
Starting with the Old Testament Steve works forward to get the proper context of John Chapter 3 and what it means to be born again the Bible way.
The question comes from a passage in scripture in John chapter 3. The passage states
Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.”4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.-John3:3-5 NRSV
In our discussion we talk about how this verse is used as a prooftext and not used in its proper context. Also how those who pose the question utilize mental gymnastics when it comes to verse five. Either that or they skip it all together.
It is a fun interview, and as always Steve lays out the Catholic position in an easy to understand fashion. As Catholics we are born again the Bible way, and Steve gives us the reasons why we can answer that question with confidence.
We are born again in baptism as the scripture quoted above states. There are many other passages that say the same. Here I leave you with a quote from the catechism before the interview.
For all the baptized, children or adults, faith must grow after Baptism. For this reason the Church celebrates each year at the Easter Vigil the renewal of baptismal promises. Preparation for Baptism leads only to the threshold of new life. Baptism is the source of that new life in Christ from which the entire Christian life springs forth- CCC 1254
You can listen to the podcast version of the interview here.