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Do you have to be baptised to go to heaven?

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March 09, 2010 3:21AM

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Yes, you do need to be baptized. Some say that the man on the cross went to heaven even though he wasn't baptized. In Romans 10:3-4 it says " 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life."

We are baptized into Christ's death, so how would it matter if the man on the cross was not baptized if Christ had not even died yet. Before Christ died, baptism showed repentance but nothing else. Now it saves people. The Bible also says repent and be baptised for the forgivness of your sins."

The Bible clearly shows that baptism is a necessary for salvation.

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NO. There are other ways to the Kingdom of Heaven also known as the Kingdom og God e.g. 'Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.'." (Mark 10). "Not everyone who says to me 'Lord, Lord' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven" (Matthew Ch 7) "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ….." (Matthew Ch 5) "I tell you, many will come from east and west and sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth." (Matthew Ch 8)

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No. The thief on the cross didn't get baptised, and yet Jesus said "Today you will be with me in paradise!" And doesn't being baptised count as a work? The Bible says "Not by works which men have done, but according to his mercy he saves us." We can't do anything to get to Heaven on our own. Is God so powerless that He needs us to do things ourselves to get into Heaven?

Yes, it is plainly written in the KJV in many scriptures that you have to be baptized to go to heaven. :

Mark 16:16 He that believeth and be baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned.

**John 3:3-7 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, Verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.