Most professing Christians believe that being “born again” occurs in this life upon “receiving Jesus.”
Well to me I think that teaching I heard for years, getting pounded into my cranium, is hogwash.
It was not until I read and discussed my readings about this subject that it started to become less foggy. My findings were that this subject is nowhere to be found inside the pages of scripture (like much of what is said in the pulpit of many churches).
I do not think being “born again” has anything to do with “professing Jesus,”
I do not think being “born again” has anything to do with “just believing in your heart,”
I do not think being “born again” has anything to do with “giving your heart to the Lord”
I do not think being “born again” has anything to do with any other kind of religious experience.
I do not thing being “born again” happens at “conversion”.
I DO think the Bible teaches that it happens long after these so-called “initial” steps to become a Christian.
I have known many who believed the opposite of what I described above. While having no idea what the term actually meant, they (including me for years) had been told that “professing Jesus” was a kind of “new birth”—that they were in some mysterious way “born again.”
And on top of that, it also became their Christian duty to bring others to this same belief.
I have been approached more than once, over the years attending church, and asked if I have been “born again.”
You know what I always told them… Nope! I really have no clue what that means.
So get this… now that I have been away from the institutional church for a few years, I feel like I can finally say, and finally understand, what it means to be “born again”.
Jesus’ words: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”
I feel like I can now see the kingdom of God, and it is not inside the walls of a man-made institution. It is out here where I am wondering in the wilderness away from all the doctrinal, and religious bullshit.
The kingdom is out here… Jesus is out here…