Input Needed!

When people ask:

“Are you born again?”

How do you answer? I’m collecting responses for a new blog entry I’m writing based on my experience at funeral yesterday. I could use some inspiration–humor is always appreciated! Leave your thoughts below or on our Facebook page which can be accessed by clicking the link to the right.

5 Comments

  1. Oh that question.

    I have settled on the following:

    "I try to live my life for Christ and I am so grateful for my Catholic Christian faith that guides me through this life."

    Usually this is followed by, "But are you born again?" and I start explaining the sacraments and how grateful I am for Christ who died for my sins that I want to live out His message.

    They usually ask the question again… Just keep spouting gratefulness. It's not about whether or not I'M born again. It's about CHRIST in my life and I'm so happy to call Him Father.

  2. Hmm…interesting question, Lisa, because this is one of those tricky semantic questions that "we" use to determine whether or not "you" have faith. (It's quite interesting coming from a Protestant-turned-Non-denominational-to RCIA candidate.)

    The real issue with 'born again' – and what Jesus told Nicodemus was that we need to be born of water and the Spirit. As Catholics, you/we believe that, indeed, we are not only born of water but also of the Spirit – expressed through the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. (right? am I saying this correctly?) Now, if you really want to get down to brass tacks, let's talk about the place, role and worship of the Holy Spirit. In my experience, Catholics express much more reverance toward the Holy Spirit and recognize His ministry and place of deity in the trinity more than those "others."

    BUT – as Elizabeth said, it shoudn't be about getting into word fights…because that's not what Jesus did. He asked questions. So, perhaps the best response is to say, "What do you mean when you say 'born again'?" You could take the opportunity to educate them on what Jesus said in John 3. Chances are they mean that you've had a 'religious conversion experience.'

    Here's where the non-denoms can get prideful because they've had an 'experience' where the truth is illuminated and the Catholics have had sacraments. (Again, I feel like we start just getting into sacraments and word fights because we're saying the same thing just not in each other's languages.) Catholics should be able to detail what they are learning from & about God, to explain how following Him and living His example changes them. Conversely, non-denoms need to learn that life is not all about them or 'experiences' and to have a teachable, not confrontational, heart.

    Just my opinion. I can say that I have been on both sides of the table…and have had my share of proud, word-fight moments. God, true to His word and nature, has humbled my proud heart and opened my eyes to a new path of humility and grace.

  3. Michael

    By God's grace I was saved by His Son's death on the cross, By God's grace I was saved by my Baptism, and I hope in God's grace to save me upon my death.

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