I am for the most part a naturlist, I believe that anything and everything can and does have a natural explanation. Just because we do not understand
something does not mean it is somehow supernatural or unexplainable. We are part of a natural world and universe so anything contained within this
world/universe can be explained naturally. "Holy" books, in my opinion, are metaphorical stories that represent very natural processes and
phenomena. I try to draw out these natural meanings within these supernatural metaphors.
On to the topic shall we?
There are two types of baptism mentioned within the bible, the first is water baptism, it is the baptism that John performed on Jesus. The second is
the fire baptism, the one that Jesus is said to baptize with.
11 I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will
baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
So John baptized with water and Jesus baptizes with fire. What are the meanings behind these rituals? I believe there is a very natural explanation
for what these rituals represent.
When Jesus walked on water (supposedly), this represented rising above the material plane and walking in the Spirit. To overcome the world is to
"walk on water". Jesus says that the Spirit is like the wind.
8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of
What resides above the water of the lake that Jesus supposedly walked on? The air or wind. So with this in mind, we can come to the conclusion that
water baptism has something to do with the material plane we reside within.
What happens before a mother gives birth to a baby? Her water breaks. A bodily birth is coincided by the amniotic fluid of the womb "breaking" out
of the amniotic sac.
What happened when Jesus was brought out of the water?
22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well
The Holy Spirit descended on him in "bodily" form. This is a clear reference to childbirth in my opinion. When Jesus comes out of the water, this
represents a baby coming out of the womb in bodily form.
So what of John the Baptist? What did he have to say of himself?
23 John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, "I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way for the Lord.'"
John says he is a voice calling from the wilderness. What is the wilderness? A part of our Mother Earth. John represents the bodily aspect of
existence, the physical realm that surrounds us. Him baptizing with water represents the emergence of physical reality.
The word "matter" has the same etymological root as the word "mother". Matter is what constitutes the physical world around us, it is the
"Mother" of creation, it is the wilderness, it is Earth.
With all of this in perspective, I think it is clear that water baptism represents childbirth, the bodily birth we have gone through. To be baptized
is to be "born again", childbirth is to be "born again" literally.
So what of fire baptism? What could it represent? In my opinion it represents the opposite of water baptism or birth, it represents death!
3 Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
Paul says that to baptized into Jesus is to be baptized into his death. John says that Jesus would baptize with fire, so I do not believe Paul is
speaking of water baptism here, he must be speaking of the fire baptism that Jesus is said to perform.
3 So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?”
“John’s baptism,” they replied.
4 Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5 On
hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Why would Paul need to baptize these men again if they had already been baptized in John's way? Because the baptism that is in Jesus' name is that
of fire. not water. When Paul baptized these men in Jesus' name, he baptized them into death, just as he says in Romans. This is the baptism by fire
that John spoke of, all of our eventual deaths.
When we die, our spirit (the fire that is within us) is no longer tethered to this body, it is thrown to the wind, we do not know where it comes from
and we do not know where it will go. When we die, we will be "walking on water" because we have overcome the world through death and now walk in the
wind of the Spirit. But as with all things, we must eventually come back down.
When you put fire to water it rises (to rise above the waters is to "walk on water"), when it rises it is condensed into a cloud and will eventually
rain back down onto Earth. Water puts out fire, birth does away with death. Birth, death, rebirth. The universe works in cycles, we as life itself are
7 "Look, he is coming with the clouds," and "every eye will see him, even those who pierced him"; and all peoples on earth "will mourn because of
him." So shall it be! Amen.
Jesus' return is said to be "with the clouds". This ties into my analogy above. When water rains down after it is evaporated, that is the "water
baptism" that is performed by John, a.k.a. Mother Earth. the womb of creation. Water and fire baptism are references to the cycles of birth, death,
30 This is the one I meant when I said, 'A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.'
This is John talking about Jesus. How does someone who comes after you also come before you....?
Well, how does day come before and
after night? Because it is an endless cycle of day and night; water baptism and fire baptism; birth, death,
We are witnesses to the divine this very moment. Look at what you see, that is the divine light of God. The bible is describing what YOU are at the
most fundamental level. If you read these stories literally it is doing a disservice to them.
Thanks for reading.