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Describe and Explain the central features of infant and believers Baptism

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4th Year Coursework-Baptism Part One - Describe and Explain the central features of infant and believers Baptism (400-600 words)(16 marks) Baptism is based around the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist, in the river Jordan. When Jesus was baptised he was fully immersed by the waters of the river Jordan. For Jesus this represented the dying to sin and rising to a new life in Christ. All this was important but in my opinion the most important part of the baptism was when Jesus came out of the waters and the Heavens opened up and a spirit came down on him like a dove. ...read more.

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When they are baptised as adults this is often referred to as believers baptism and when they as baptised as infants it is often referred to as a Christening. Both ways have good reasons behind them. In believers baptism the person already believes in God and is ready to come in to that religion by there own choice and not there parents and godparents. In infant baptism the parents choose what religion there are going to be apart of and take their baptismal vows for them. In my opinion these are most important differences in the two different baptisms. In a typical Christening service, there will be the baby, the parents, the Priest, the godparents together with members of the congregation. ...read more.

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Sometimes the Priest will make the sign of the cross using water on the child's forehead. Candles are sometimes lit and held by parents and godparents to signify God's light for the child in his or her life. When an adult is baptised, the person being baptised undertakes all the promises of commitment to God for him or herself. This would be normal practice in the Baptist church, which believes only adults should be baptised as they find it illogical to have a christening since the baby is not aware of what is going on. All Christians believe that baptism is a sacrament; it is an outward symbol of something spiritual. Because the effects of baptism are permanent it is a once only ceremony. Roman Catholics and many Anglicans and Methodist believe very strongly in infant baptism. ...read more.

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