Acts 2:41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. Today I reflected on the happenings on this Penticost and specifically about this verse. A few questions came to mind: 1) "Those who accepted his message" - those that got saved 2) "were baptized" - does this mean that they necesarily were all baptized in one day? 3) "three thousand were added" - were they added because they believed or because they were baptized? 4) "to their number" - the number of the disciples, et al 5) "that day" - what was actually done 'that day'? What did Luke consider a 'day' (ie, sun up to sun down or 12:00AM-11:59PM)? Why would we consider that they were necessarily baptized that day? Logistics: Where would they have baptized? How long would it take to get there on foot? The crowd: The crowd was surely bigger than three thousand since not all believed. How much time does it take for a crowd of 3,000+ to gather and then also get each individual's attention? Was the crowd monolith in their attention and synchronized in thier thought? Scripture states the crowd gathered in response to what they heard and that they were bewildered, amazed and perplexed, and some mocked. I have never seen such a sized crowd with all individuals in this kind of state of mind. After the 3000 believed, was there be any vetting by the apostles to try to assure that they understood and were authentic? Time: Peter states it was around 9:00am when he started preaching. So, the baptisms probably did not start until 10:00am at the earliest. In addition to what is recorded of Peter's sermon, scripture states, "With many other words he warned them". Who knows how long that went on? How much time did they have to Baptize? Did not their 'day' end in the early evening thus beginning the next 'day'? Would that be 6:00pm or so? Would that give the baptizers only 8 hours to complete the baptizings? If so, they would have to baptize 375 per hour, which would come to 31+ per apostle per hour (12 apostles). Baptizers: Who were the ones leading the believers in baptism? Would it be just the 12 apostles? It seems to me that the idea of baptizing 3000 in such a small amount of time under these circumstances would be to force a certain reality upon the scripture that the scripture doesn't require. In conclusion, I'd propose that this is an example of how our dogma can force and contort reality to comply with our beliefs. "They HAD to be baptized THAT DAY because our dogma of church membership requires such, therefore that was the reality and it couldn't have been any different."