What does being Born Again mean per Catholic teaching?
Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3 NKJV)
No 1213 Catechism of the Catholic Church under THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM summarises what baptism is:
The answer to the question is in bold.
Much of the Doctrine of Jesus was in explanation to the teachings of the Ten Commandments. His strongest focus however was the care of the truths that the people held in their hearts.
The Following Expands on the First Commandment
The goal was for all to be of one mind, and to share in all truths. To do this the people needed to learn how to listen. And this was a main problem. The preparation to understanding this concept. Is to understand the Parable of the Sower Also explained by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
From this parable he explains the Four States that Ones Mind Is In, concern with hearing the truth.
The Wayside The truth was spoken but the birds took the words away. This resembles speech that occurs at a distance, or in a scenario where to much noise is surrounding the two having a conversation. So the words are never heard.
The Stoney Place This is the listener with the hardened heart. There is the appearance of joy. But the words never sunk into memory, because they where not important enough, something else was more important then the Word failing the Commandment.
The Thorny Ground This is the listener who hears what is being said. and it also is remembered, but worrying resisted Peace, Love, and Joy. Something Else was more important then the Word failing the Commandment.
The Good Ground This is the mind who hears the words, remembers them, and produces much Peace, Love, and Joy. Successfully accomplished the commandment. For the Word was the most important.
Then to be born again is to make the mind onto the Good Ground. For the renewing of the mind prepares a person to hear the truth.
So you can see that the sign that one is "Born of the Spirit" is that they "Hear the sound of it." Hold the Word of Truth as the only thing of importance. Not getting distracted by "Any Other God" or anything else.
In this the water of Life enters into a person.
Notice "In the Word"
Hearing is a Main Prerequisite for Forgiveness
Through Deductive Reasoning Another way to say it is. "God gives the water of life to those that can hear the word. For In the Word IS THE WATER. And It comes in through your ears. And the ones that are Born Again are on the Good Ground, will Love the Word, Remember It, and Produce Fruits. ^^
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