After prayerfully studying everything that the New Testament says about baptism and salvation, my personal conclusion is that water baptism is not a requirement for receiving salvation and eternal life. Baptism is an outward act in which we make a public identification with Jesus. First there needs to be an inward identification with Jesus through faith, it's the inward identification (not the outward act) which results in salvation so that we will go to heaven. I also see how important it is for Christians to be baptized after they believe in Jesus. Why Were People Baptized in Water Right after They Believed in Jesus?