I've read some articles dealing with "what the Holy Bible says". Many people can argue what I post here in these articles. I did not write them, they are opinions backed up by the scriptures from these people who wrote them. Some issues are very controversal and you definitley have your own opinion some or all of these subjects. These are just for your reading and knowledge of what other people write. So no "haters" please. We all love and praise the same God. For me? I take comfort in some of these readings. I read the article, look at the scriptures it is backing it up with and form and understanding as I see it. So, lets see what I've found.
Article on Baptism from What does the Holy Bible say:
Alot of well-meaning people depend on Baptism to get to Heaven. Baptism is definitley Scriptural, but not essential to enter the Kindom of Heaven. Suppose I heard a gospel message, realized I was a sinner, lost and in repentance in faith "confessed with my mouth the Lord Jesus and in my heart believed that God raised him from the dead.."(Roman 10:9)Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved and thy house (acts 16:31)." Ok, well say the day you went to be baptized the lake was frozen or the Baptistery is broken so you schedule for another day but on the way home you get into a car wreck and were suddenly killed. I didn't get baptized, am I saved? (John 3:36)"He that believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life."(John 5:12)"He that hath the Son hath life he that hath not the Son of God hath not life." Friend, you can go without baptism but you will never go without Jesus Christ being your personal Savior. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved."
To fill all righteousness (not to get righteousness (Christ did everything right)..) Matthew 3:13-15
To fulfill the command of God. The Great Commission involves preaching, teaching and baptizing. Matt 28:18-20
To produce a clear conscious because you have done the will of God. 1st Peter 3:21
John 3:5-6 except a man be born by water(our physical birth was born of water) and of the spirit, he can not enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh and which is born of the spirit is spirit. Born of water does not mean water from baptism, it means your physical birth from the womb, you were born in water. Salvation is the "New Birth", "Second Birth" or "Born Again" birth that takes place when one receives Christ as Savior. At that moment in time, they are placed into Christ.(baptized spiritually). Acts 1:5 John truly baptized with water, "but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence."
This is just part of the article that I thought was interesting reading, it goes on to quote more scriptures. All my life I was told if I was not baptized that I could not be saved. But you know it brings me to my own thoughts, like the thief on the cross next to Jesus. Jesus called out to him and told him he will see him in his Kingdom of Heaven. So if he being a thief, one would guess he was not baptized, but even so, you can not be baptized and not accept the Lord Jesus Christ, you must accept him to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. So, he confesses to Jesus on the Cross that he is a Sinner and believes that Jesus is the Son of God in his last moments of death and Christ accepts him in his Kingdom. Makes you think.
Now here is "me", Kelly speaking... I believe in Baptism if you accept your Lord and Jesus Christ as your Savior. I also believe in babies/childrens baptisms. And this is why.. Why wouldn't you want to be baptized? It's a matter of obey or not obey. Although babies and children are seen as innocent, who more has a list of demands? They have to be taught God's word and that comes from the parents. Babies and Children are just what they are and parents are responsible for their children. There fore there is nothing wrong with wanting to baptize your child if being raised in a home of God. You are welcoming your child into God's life making a promsie that you will teach your child about our Lord Jesus Christ. Being batized as an adult, to me is a personal choice between you and the Lord. I believe it is a wonderful to want to be baptized again for your Lord and Savior, but I also believe that being born again is accepting the Holy Spirit into you heart that guides you every day of your life. That is just my opinion. They are so many different thoughts about baptizm. And I'm not going to be the first to say that yours is wrong, because I'm not saying mine is right. I think you should be re baptized for the Lord continuing to show your love and faith for the sacrifice he made for us. There is a feeling like no other when your heart lights up with so much love when you think of the Lord. The feeling when you're born again and are filled with the Holy Spirit is like no other feeling. You can actually feel God's presence with you every moment and that is the truth. You know when you have been blessed with the Holy Spirit, it's not guessing, "well I think I have", because your heart and mind totally transforms into this kind of love like no other and you begin to look at things in life very differently and you do find yourself totally trusting in "Him" leaving all your burdens on him and trusting that he will never let you fall too hard before he picks you up and brushes you off to go on. I could never explain the feeling, but those that have been blessed with his Holy Spirit, know exactly what I am talking about.
Just because you are baptized it doesn't promise you a place in God's Kingdom,you have to except Christ as your Lord and Savior and be "born again in the Spirit of Christ." Baptism doesn't wash away sin, the blood of Christ washes away sin. When you read the scriptures it talks about being totally submurged. When you are baptized it represents being totally submerged by water, meaning Christ's death, then coming out of the water represents Christ's Resurrection. It is the blood of Christ again, that washes away your sins. Then why be baptized? Because God wants you to and it represents in the name; of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Baptism is an important step to obedience after salvation but can not be a requirement for salvation. Romans 6:3-4, Romans 5:8, 2Corinth. 5:21, John 3:16, Acts 16:31 and more.
There is no specific teaching in the Bible about cremation. Some seem to think if your body is cremated that how will God resurrect it to give you, your perfect body, one that does NOT die. Well, I read that this is not a problem for God because people who died long ago, their bodies have totally turned to dust. That is what happens to our buried bodies eventually, so actually cremation is just speeding things up. It is not different people who have died from being in a fire, God has no problem resurrectiong those bodies. Would I scatter all the ashes in different places, I wouldn't. I myself would keep them intact and give them (that person) a proper burial. No where in the Bible does it give curse or judgment from being cremated.