Old behavior once considered acceptable is no longer tolerated. This is how new culture is formed. It is also the only way lasting transformation happens.
When one looks at baptism throughout scripture, a clear pattern emerges: the candidate is baptized in a substance and into an experience. Furthermore, baptism is always something that takes place after the fact; it seals what is already a reality.
It’s amazing how you can read the bible and always find something new, or maybe something you haven’t noticed before. This time, for me, it was what I assumed to be a contradiction. Matthew and Luke both tell the story of the centurion, however one says he personally came to Jesus and the other says they never even met.