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Topic: “Are You Born Again?”

1.   What do you say if someone asks “Are you born again”?  What is the Catholic understanding of being Born Again?

2.   A former Catholic, now Evangelical asked: “I was born Catholic but I never had a relationship with Jesus. I’m an Evangelical now and I want to know what Catholic would say if I asked them if they were born again?”

3.   I was told we should not read the Bible. What do you say?

4.   Are there two different and distinct baptisms? Is there a baptism of water and a separate baptism in the Holy Spirit?

5.   My sister won’t have her children baptized saying that they are fine until getting baptized later. How should I respond to her about infant baptism?

6.   What is the difference between Catholics and Protestants on the view of “faith and works”?

7.   A pastor from a small country Protestant church stopped by my house and told me if I prayed with him I would go to heaven and there was nothing that could cause me to lose my salvation. How would you respond to him?

8.   Where do we find the idea of water baptism and being born again in the Old Testament?

9.   What is the evidence that you have been born again since the Bible says “By their fruits you shall know them”?


Are You Born Again?

by Steve Ray on March 21, 2018

I posted this for the listeners of Catholic Answers Live on Wednesday evening, March 21. I will post the audio link as soon as it is available and a list of all the questions we answered.

It seems that God is kind of predictable in a way :-) since He always starts new things in the same way — with “water and the Spirit“. Consider the following:

1) The first creation came from the earth which was covered with WATER and the SPIRIT hovered over the waters and from the water emerged land and man and God’s first creation (Gen 1:1-2).

NoahsArk3.jpg2) A new humanity was started with Noah through WATER and SPIRIT. The ark went through the water and a dove (representing the Spirit) hovered overhead with an olive branch. Peter said this represents baptism which “now saves us” (1 Peter 3:18-21).

pillar of fire3) The nation of Israel was created through the WATER of the Red Sea (baptism) with the cloud and fire of the Holy SPIRIT overhead — my oh my, again we have water and Spirit (Ex 14).

4) Ezekiel then describes what the New Covenant will look like and he said we will be sprinkled with clean WATER and his SPIRIT will be placed in us (Ez 36:25). Born again, I suspect.

5) Then Jesus, right before saying you must be born of “water and the Spirit” had just gone down into the WATER of the Jordan and the SPIRIT came down and landed on his head. Again, water and the Spirit (Mt 3:16; Jn 1:29).

6) Jesus teaches Nicodemus that he must be born again, or from above which is accomplished through “WATER and the SPIRIT.“

Jesus-Baptized-077) When Jesus finished these words what was the first thing he did? He went down and baptized people in the Jordan with his disciples (Jn 4:1-2).

8) At the first Holy Ghost Gospel Revival meeting :-) Peter stood up at Pentecost and said,  “Repent, and be baptized (WATER) every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy SPIRIT“ (Acts 2:38).

9) Peter also says “Baptism now saves you“ (1 Pet 3:21), and Paul is told “Rise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on his name” (Acts 22:16), and Paul writes that we are saved “by the washing of regeneration (WATER) and renewal in the Holy SPIRIT“ (Titus 3:5).

Other verses you should know — click here!

For my article on Infant Baptism, click here

My book Crossing the Tiber has over 50 pages on Baptism from the Bible and the Church Fathers.


JordanSm.jpgToo bad many Evangelicals and Fundamentalists refuse to see it but the Bible is pretty clear about new birth through the sacrament of baptism. Jesus is not ambiguous in this matter and he is alluding quite clearly to new beginnings in the Old Testament. The Early Church is also very clear and so is the teaching of the Catholic Church today.

(Picture to right is the place in the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized. Click for larger image.)

St. Augustine said, “Who is so wicked as to want to exclude infants from the kingdom of heaven by prohibiting their being baptized and born again in Christ?”

When someone asks me “Have you been born again?“  I simply answer “Absolutely, but I’ve been born again the Bible Way!“


On Friday we took to the phone to answer questions from non-Catholics. We had some great calls and responses.

One in particular in which I defended the priesthood and seminarians against a charge that most were homosexuals. The Church Militant’s videos were referred to as reason this caller was not willing to become Catholic. Hope you find the show interesting and helpful.

Questions and Topics Covered:

  • 15:48 – Where did the idea of purgatory come from and why does the Orthodox Church not have that concept?
  • 20:42 – I have a question about praying to the Saints.
  • 30:15 – I’ve heard a lot of priests and bishops are homosexuals. I heard this from Church Militant. Is this true?
  • 42:43 – Why do you baptize children and why do you have to confess to a priest?
  • 51:28 – We are commanded to not practice necromancy, so why do Catholics pray to the dead?

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