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Describe and explain the central features of infant and believers baptism?

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Sarah Hurworth 10H Describe and explain the central features of infant and believers baptism? The word baptism comes from the Greek word 'Baptizo' which means 'to dip' this plays an important part in some baptisms. An infant Baptism is an expression of faith for the people of God. Baptism takes away original sin, which is the main reason why young children are baptized. We are born into a sinful world and need God and the faith he gives us at baptism to take away our tendency to sin. Many groups of Christians practice the baptism of infants. Christian parents want the baby to be a member of the Family of God. The idea is that the children of Christian parents belong to the membership of the church and should therefore be baptized. In The Orthodox Church there are special features of the baptism of a child, the most obvious is that the baby is completely dipped in the font. ...read more.

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The essential parts of the ceremony are when the child is presented for baptism by parents and godparents and the parents and godparents confess their belief in the chief beliefs of the Christian Church. Also the sharing of scripture, which emphasizes the importance of baptism and when the congregation welcomes the new member of the church. The most important is when the child is baptized with water and the words '(name) I baptize you in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen' are spoken. In a Believers Baptism the candidates have to confess their faith. They take the New Testament very seriously and only baptize those who wish to become Christians and ask for baptism. The Baptism takes place in a river or a place that the candidate can be fully immersed or dipped into the water. ...read more.

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The candidate is usually dressed in a white gown and is fully immersed in water. They believe that when they get baptised it will rid them of the sin they had when they were born and after they are baptized this will be a new start of life. They think that when they are born and their parents are considering getting them baptized that they are making the decision for them and that it has nothing to do with the child. People will wait until they become an adult, so that they will be able to make their own decision. If they do wait then they can make their own decision and they will be able to make the promises rather than their parents making them for them. Even today most people in the Catholic Church think that infant baptism is the traditional method, but some people think that believers baptism is better because they get to make the promises for themselves, giving them more freedom, which is very important. ...read more.

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