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Explain the meaning and significance of Baptism for Christians today with particular references to how being baptised might affect the behaviour, lifestyle and decision making of Christian believers today

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Explain the meaning and significance of Baptism for Christians today with particular references to how being baptised might affect the behaviour, lifestyle and decision making of Christian believers today As the Christian community, by being baptised, we get closer to God, to his endless love and great power and we also become the true members of the Catholic Church. It means that we become brothers and sisters of Jesus and therefore children of God. Baptism is a new birth into a greater life, the life of God himself. In baptism we are called to spend our lives trying to become like a Christ - a true follower of his. The 10 commandments, the biggest commandment which says "Love your God with your entire mind, with all your strength and with all your soul, and love your neighbour as yourself" and all commandments that have been given by the church, are the things that when we live according to them, then it is the way of following Jesus. ...read more.

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Then the child is brought up to the font where it is baptised. There are four things used to baptise baby in the font. The first is the water which in the daily life is used for washing, cooking and the hygiene, in baptism symbolises the cleansing baptised person from any sin(it includes the original sin). All sins are "washed away" and this person is "reborn". So the water symbolises the cleansing of the soul and the new life. Then the child is anointed with the oil of Catechumens and. It is the sign of strengthening for the life long struggle with the power of evil and sin. IT also symbolises the healing. God heals the wounds caused by a damage of original sin. The oil of Catechumens gives us power to fight with the evil and it heals our bodies and souls from the wounds caused by the original sin. The child is also anointed with the oil of Chrism. ...read more.

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The sign of cross is used at the start and at the end of prayer therefore it makes us closer to the trinity. This is the sign of protection and faith. We now belong to God: "I am his and he is mine". The most important words in the Baptism are: "I baptise you in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen". The reason why these words are most important is that it is a conclusion which contains the agreement and the providing of this sacrament. The rite of the baptism concludes at the altar and already there is a pointing forward to Confirmation and First Communion, the two other sacraments which complete the initiation of the child into a Christian Community. The sacrament of Baptism makes us free from every sin, gives new life and power so that we will be able to chose the good, not the evil, and it also brings us into a Christian community - God's Family where everybody should love each other equally and every body is treated equally for God. ?? ?? ?? ?? - 1 - ...read more.

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