Born Again, Anew, From Above

Draughting Theology

The nigh-time encounter between Jesus and Nicodemus is an inordinately well known Bible story.  In it we have the oddball reference to Moses and the snakes that gets repeated on the Fourth Sunday in Lent in Year B.  It also includes those most famous words, “For God so loved the world…” in John 3:16.  And last, but certainly not least, we hear from the lips of Jesus the mantra of modern, Evangelical, King James Christianity, “Ye must be born again.”  If you’ve never seen these words on a yard sign or a bumper sticker or a billboard or waving at you in a parade, then I wonder about your ability to pay enough attention do drive a car or hold a job or raise a child.

This word is tricky, though.  Certainly, Nicodemus interprets one meaning from it “How can anyone be born a second time?” but as noted by…

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