The myth that you must be baptized to get in to heaven is less common today than it was a few decades ago.
Even now my grandparents would maintain the belief that baptism ‘is a very important part’ of salvation.
In a way, this is kind of true, but Jesus explains that the act of baptism is not a prerequisite to the kingdom of heaven.
Take the passage about The Criminal as a perfect example. When Jesus was horrifically pinned to the cross there were two other criminals whose sentences were being carried out at the same time.
One of the criminals that was nailed to a cross next to Jesus was making fun of Jesus by saying, “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself. Save us.”
The other criminal was facing his fate differently and decided to rebuke the criminal that was making fun of Jesus…Continue reading