Actually, it appears to be precisely your interpretation. The Diatessaron is a harmonization of the Gospels, not a commentary on them, isn’t it? In other words, your quote is simply a quote of the Gospels … but your interpretation is your own, isn’t it?
Your time line is skewed also. Christ first reference for the need of baptism for salvation is made in John’s gospel (chapter 2 or 3) when he tells Nicodemus we must be reborn by water and the spirit, which clearly is alluding to baptism…the reason you don’t see it until late in the synoptics, is the difference between the Low Chistology of the synoptic as opposed to High Chistology of Johns gospel
Yet, your claim wasn’t about what Jesus told Nicodemus… but what He told the crowds.
And, of course Christ did not (and surely would not) preached a destiny of “perish and be wasted”…those were your words I was quoting, not christ’s.
Check the thread, Neo. The assertion (and words) “perish and be wasted” are yours, not mine.
But hey… when you can’t defend your arguments, deny that they’re yours, eh? :shrug: