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Describe and explain the central features of Infant and believers Baptism.

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1) Describe and explain the central features of Infant and believers Baptism. Baptism existed before the time of Jesus as assign of starting again and turning away from sin. Adults were baptised and were usually fully immersed in water, this is the definition of Baptism - 'Fully immersed.' John the Baptist was an example of someone who performed this ceremony, Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist in the river Jordan. Ceremony's still take place today in the style of Jesus' baptism, although now there are two different baptisms' that take place Adult Baptism and Infant Baptism. Baptism is a sacrament of initiation, it allows a person to be cleansed of their sin and be purified in the house of God. Infant baptism takes place in the Roman Catholic churches, Protestant Churches and the Orthodox Church, the child is baptised when the water is placed on the child. ...read more.

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The Godparents present the baby to the priest. A white Garment: A white Garment is worn to represent the outward sign of Christian dignity, to show a new status as Christians. This tradition extends from when only the aristocratic society would wear white, and this symbolises the spiritual wealth of being a Christian. Lighted candle: The candle is lighted, with the flame representing a symbol of life and knowledge. The light of the candle is seen as a symbol of Christ being 'the light of the world.' Chrism: The chrism is a sign of strength against temptation, sin and evil. The fragrant perfume is a symbol of the beauty and dignity of a child of God. In an Adult Baptism a Baptisery is used to fully immerse the adult in water, a Baptisery is a large pool of water however if a Baptisery is not available then either a local swimming pool or, in the tradition of Jesus' baptism, a river is used. ...read more.

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then lifted out as a symbol of their first breath of a new life, the water sprinkling off the candidate symbolises the sins being washed away. After this the candidate will exit from the pool on the opposite side that they entered, representing that they have been cleansed and have turned away from evil and sin. The candidate would wear white robes as a sign of purity, to be baptised as a believer you must be over the age of twelve and to be baptised you must ask the minister. Candidates must be sorry for their sins and have faith in Jesus, to prepare the Candidates they may have to attend membership classes so they can be instructed in faith. Adult baptism candidates commit themselves to Christ and so this sis why baptism is not a sacrament but a symbol as you have turned towards Christ rather than towards evil. ...read more.

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