Baptism

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Department
Religion
Course
RLGA02H3
Professor
David Perley
Semester
N/A

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Baptism Cannon Crucifix Apostles Creed Nicene creed logos Eucharist bishop PentecostBaptism from Greek baptizo immersing performing ablutions ie washing2 is the ritual act with the use of water by which a person is admitted to membership of the Christian ChurchJesus himself was baptized11 While John the Baptists use of a deep river for his baptism suggests immersionpictorial and archaeological evidence of Christian baptism from the 3rd century onwards indicates that the normal form was to have the candidate stand in water while water was poured over the upper bodyBaptism was seen as in some sense necessary for salvationSome Christians particularly Quakers and the Salvation Army do not see baptism as necessary Among those that do differences can be found in the manner and mode of baptizing and in the understanding of the significance of the rite Most Christians baptize in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit following the Great Commission but some baptize in Jesus name only Most Christians baptize infants18 many others do not Some insist on submersion or at least partial immersion of the person who is baptized others consider that any form of washing by water is sufficientSome Christians particularly Quakers and the Salvation Army do not see baptism as necessary Among those that do differences can be found in the manner and mode of baptizing and in the understanding of the significance of the rite Most Christians baptize in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit following the Great Commission but some baptize in Jesus name only Most Christians baptize infants18 many others do not Some insist on submersion or at least partial immersion of the person who is baptized others consider that any form of washing by water is sufficientFor example Jews who according to the Law of Moses became ritually defiled by contact with a corpse had to use the mikvah before being allowed to participate in the Holy Temple Immersion is required for converts to Judaism as part of their conversion Immersion in the mikvah represents a change in status in regards to purification restoration and qualification for full religious participation in the life of the community ensuring that the cleansed person will not impose uncleanness on property or its owners51 John the Baptist was a 1stcentury mission preacher on the banks of the JordanAccording to Christian theology he was selected by God to proclaim the first 52coming of the Christ He baptized Jews for repentance in the River JordanIn the New Testament baptism is reserved for adults who make a voluntary decision to join the Christian Church From the 6th century on infant baptism was permitted
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