Is the baptism necessary to salvation?
Christians affirm that baptism is not indispensable to salvation though
several texts in the Bible show not only its importance as well as its
needfulness. One of them is Mark 6:16, in which Jesus said that whoever
believes and is baptized will be saved.
According to Acts 22:16, it was said to Paul: Get up, be baptized and
wash your sins away, calling on His name. Also at 1 Peter 3:21 we read
that the water from the flood symbolizes the baptism that now save us.
However, in a banal atmosphere of religiosity, many churches practice
the baptism just to propitiate the ingress of people to their list of
members. They say usually that baptism is important but not essential to
baptism was not vital, Jesus would not insist with John the Baptist,
saying that it was proper for them to do that to fulfill all
righteousness (Matthew 3:13 to 15).
can see the urgency of the baptism as well, when the Ethiopian suggested
to Philip in order to be immediately immersed in the water (At.8:36).
Christians allege the no-necessity of baptism using the example of the
“good criminal” that was crucified beside Jesus and was saved without
time to be baptized, for Jesus said to him: “Today you will be with me
in paradise” (Luke 23:43). According to some traditions, his name was
think that nobody can say with sure that this criminal had never been
He could be a
disciple of Jesus, converted after his repentance from being a robber in the
past time, and the crucifixion was a condemnation for his old deeds. All
disciples were baptized with the baptism for repentance preached by John the