Some born-again Christians of my acquaintance remind me of “Agent Smith.”
They can tell me the date and place of their conversion. But I get the feeling they have been simply born again in a form which is just a replication of their old self – plus a self-righteous smile or a judgmental frown.
American psychologist of religious education, George Albert Coe (1862-1951) wrote of the distinction between being born again and being born from above in his 1902 book, Religion of a Mature Mind.
The simplicity of the Christian life-principle has been obscured by … the employment of “born again” to represent Greek terms whose plain, literal meaning is “born from above” (John 3:3). The disciple of Christ is one who is born from above. That which is of the flesh is flesh, and that which is of the spirit is spirit. The root-contrast here is not between what…
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