It Doesn’t Mean What It Means

Baptism for blog

I’m amazed sometimes at folks who claim scripture is the only authority yet somehow don’t accept it as their authority.

Take, for example, an internet discussion I had recently with a woman who had attended my Catholic elementary school. Apparently she’s no longer Catholic. I could tell because she shared the picture of a sign that proclaims we are saved by Jesus alone, not Mary, or a priest, or a pope. Okay, fine. All these Catholics agree with (although I do take exception to the implication we somehow believe Mary, a priest, or the pope can save us.)

One of the things on the list, however, was baptism.

Well, I couldn’t let that slide. I replied to her post with 1 Peter 3:21 which says that baptism saves us.

The problem seemed to be that she was creating a false dichotomy: either Jesus or baptism. I pointed out that it wasn’t an either/or; it was a both/and. More precisely, Jesus saves us through baptism.

Imagine my surprise when she replied by telling me I was totally wrong, that baptism does not save us.

Uh . . . doesn’t it say right there in the Bible that it does? How can anybody read that verse and then claim the exact opposite is true?

I told her that, with all due respect, I would have to go by the Bible.

I don’t understand this reluctance to adhere to what the Bible says, especially by sola scriptura Christians. I can understand not having seen a verse before or perhaps even seeing the verse but forgetting about it. But once you point it out and still get a claim that the verse doesn’t say what it says . . . well, I don’t know what to think about that.

I run into this a lot with folks who assert that when Jesus cried out from the cross “It is finished!” He meant He had done everything He was going to do on earth to justify us. Then, when you point out Romans 4:25 which says “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification” you are met with a stare that reminds you of a deer caught in some headlights. This is immediately followed by an attempt to convince you that the verse doesn’t mean we’re justified by the Resurrection.

Sure sounds to me like baptism and the Resurrection have something to do with being saved.

But then, what do I know? I’m just a Catholic.


About ajavilanovels

I am the author of four Christian novels: Rain from Heaven, Amaranth, Nearer the Dawn and Cherish.
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2 Responses to It Doesn’t Mean What It Means

  1. Rebecca says:

    Yeah, it gets a little annoying to be completely shutdown just because you’re Catholic. I’ve had the same experience myself. It makes sense that they aren’t truly sola scriptura. If they were, then they would most likely convert to Catholicism.


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