I was talking to someone (who is obviously not Catholic) about Baptism and grace, and we stumbled apon John 3:1-21.
He focused on verses 5-7.
5Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 6Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’
He says the “water” mentioned here refers to a woman’s water breaking shortly before physical birth. How can this be? I know this isn’t true. He goes on to say that this is supported by verse 6/7.
He explains to me…(and I quote)
“Jesus states here that being “Born Again” is NOT a physical process, but a spiritual process. Being a spiritual process is further evidence that there is nothing that we can do to achieve it! It has to come from God!”
I encourage you to read his whole post (if the link is still available) here His post is under his username “Buzz1954”.
He goes on to say that being “born again” is spiritual when you look at John3:8 “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.” as he compares it to being prophetical, being a similar thing did occur at Pentecost.
He also takes luke 3:16 "John answered them all, 'I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
How do I need to explain Baptism with water? He seems very convincing.