[quote=deb1]When you are brought up in a Christian home, you know about Jesus almost from birth. You are simply always a Christian. Some people also come to a gradual acceptance of Jesus as our savior. Both groups are every bit as much a Christian as those who undergo the emotional experiences that Born Againers demand.
This is generally true, although some who are born into Christian families do undergo separate, personal experience of affirmation.
As a general rule for Protestants, those who make an entirely separate commitment tend to be more enthusiastic, to work harder, and also to burn out faster. Those born into Christian families tend to be more mellow about their faith, in ways both good and bad. I was of the first type, my Beloved of the second.
Is there some part of the bible that uses the term Born Again without refering to baptism? Just curious.
The source text for the term, and the doctrine, is this:
In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”
"How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!"
Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.' The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit." (John 3:4-8)
Jesus presents a clear dichotomy between the water/flesh birth and the Spirit birth. The Spirit birth clearly refers to a spiritual, rather than a physical event. Opinions are divided as to whether this is the spiritual event which accompanies the physical event of baptism with water.