This is something that I've noticed among many Evangelical spheres of Protestantism; why is there such an aversion and rejection of a Sacramental view of anything? Like, we read very clearly in the Scriptures statements which very clearly state that we need the blood of Jesus, that we receive the Holy Spirit, that you cannot enter the Kingdom of God unless you are born with water and the Spirit etc. A lot of things like that. Now, being Orthodox, we connect these statements to the Sacraments--the Eucharist, Baptism, Chrismation etc.--but Protestants have such an issue with this. Why? Many of them prefer to interpret those things in an odd abstract or symbolic way that really makes no sense. The reason for their rejection of the connection of these statements to the Sacraments seems to always be rooted in a fear that if someone does not physically participate in the Sacrament, then they are "not saved" (whatever that means). But in retrospect, wouldn't you actually find the abstract, symbolic-y understanding of these things MORE troubling because you have no way of knowing for sure if you have participated in/received them yet? Why is it so hard and troubling to believe that Jesus--out of His great grace and mercy--has made these things easily attainable and identifiable for us to participate in via physical Sacraments?