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Monday, February 27, 2012

“Are You Born Again?”

‘Born Again’ Christians usually present themselves as a ‘nondenominational Church,’ an easy way to attract different Christian religious groups to that sect. All Christians are welcomed to their gatherings; but after some prayers and teachings, the pastor will slowly start to inject protestant doctrines into all those who are listening to him. If you are a Catholic he will open the Bible and start to criticize ‘statue making’ and ‘Mother Mary.’ This group believes and propagates ‘Bible alone theory’ of Martin Luther. It has thousands of divisions with contrary views and different names as their members follow miracle workers and preachers at their choice.

The Name Game!

The name ‘Born Again’ is coming from an unauthentic translation of the Bible: Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Truly, truly I say to you, unless one is born from above, he cannot see the Kingdom of God. I am telling you the truth that no one can enter into the Kingdom of God, unless he is born of water and the Spirit.” (John 3:3-5)   Here in the original Greek manuscript of this gospel, John never uses the word ‘born again’ (“palin” is again; born ‘gennethe’).

All Catholic translations are using the correct word written in Greek, ‘anothen’ which means ‘from above’ or ‘born above’ when they translates. The name ‘born again’ itself is an artificial creation of some protestant ministers which was never spoken by Jesus!

Born again people believes, when they confess “I am born again,” automatically they become born again! Just say “I accept Jesus as Lord and Savior” we become worthy to go to heaven! It is like an instant coffee, an easy way and shortcut to go to heaven.

These foolish concepts of ‘Born Again’ groups are coming from the teaching of Martin Luther who said, ‘faith alone is the way of salvation (without works), Bible alone is the basis of faith’ (not the preaching and practices of Apostles as Catholic Church considers holy traditions).

Some preachers of this religion even believe that ‘the Church alone will not save’ and ‘Baptism is not essential for salvation.’ If that is the case, why did Jesus instituted Baptism and the Church?

Just an emotional satisfaction that we get from music and loud shouting of prayers will never make us genuine Christian. The works must follow our faith as St. James teaches “faith without works is dead.” Jesus himself says to us: “Not anyone who calls me Lord, Lord, will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only those who do what my Father in heaven wants them to do” (Mat. 7:21). At the time of Judgment, Christ will come in his glory and he will separate the wicked from the righteous and everyone will be rewarded according to their works. “I was hungry; you gave me food.” “I was thirsty; you gave me drink,” that is the way Jesus uses to judge us. But Born Again trusts in the theory of Luther ‘faith alone is the basis of salvation.’ At the time of Judgment, when Born Again makes a statement: “I accepted you as my Lord and Savior,” will they be taken to heaven? Will Martin Luther come to rescue them by quoting his theory? The way of Martin Luther and the way of salvation that is written in the Bible, are entirely different!