Why are we still talking about this?

What else do you suppose is that simple in the Bible?

One of the most divisive things in the Christian religion is baptism.

Dip, dunk, pour, sprinkle, air, fire, water, spirit... who knows what the right form of baptism is? Certainly no two religions can agree!

Millions of pages have been spent debating and attempting to prove which is the one true form of baptism – or if baptism even needs to be done at all!

But here again, stop talking. Stop arguing. Stop reading what men wrote and listen to what God wrote.

“Baptize” comes from the Greek word baptizo; and “baptism” from the Greek baptisma. As you can see, these words were never translated. They were borrowed directly from Greek into English.

Now when Jesus or John used those words, they weren’t referring to the doctrine or dogma of baptism – no such thing existed at the time!

They simply used a commonly used Greek verb, used by pagans and Christians alike, with a very common, very simple meaning. Look it up in any ancient Greek dictionary; they’ll all say something like this...

[baptism means] to dip, to immerse, to sink... There is no evidence that Luke or Paul and the other writers of the New Testament put upon this verb meanings not recognized by the Greeks.” (Greek and English Lexicon, “baptism”. Sophocles)

Can you immerse someone by sprinkling them? Can you immerse them by pouring water over them? Can they survive being immersed in fire? Of course not.

And if you hadn’t had thousands of years of people discussing the doctrine of baptism apart from the meaning of the word itself, it would never occur to you to think it meant anything but full and complete immersion!

The word baptize means to immerse.

Why are we still talking about this?

There are still other questions about baptism; who should be baptized, and by whom; when, where, and why; and all of these questions are just about as easy.

But for now, the point is clear: don’t let people distract you from the simple meaning of the Bible’s ideas by a flood of arguments about doctrines which didn’t exist as such until centuries after the Bible was written!

Because the Bible was written in simple words to the common man (1 Corinthians 1:17-29). And to understand it, you only have to ask yourself what did these words mean in the language of regular people like me?