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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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G.C.S.E Religious Studies Coursework: Baptism AO2: 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. In the Christian community, by being baptised, we get closer to God, to his endless love and great power and we also become the members of the Catholic Church. This 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 the baptism the person who is going to be baptized and his/her accompanies (parents and godparents) are welcomed at the church's door by the priest. The idea of welcome to the Christian community is highlighted. Priest welcomes the candidate on behalf of the Christian Community. This makes the baptised person more confident as now he/she belong to a community and therefore they will never be alone. They are part of a caring community which will help them at sad times such as depression, when they lose someone close to them etc. ...read more.

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The anointing with the oil of Catechumens will give the candidate the strength at the difficult situations, at the challenges of our faith and also to live as Christ wants us to live - witness to Him. The child is also anointed with the oil of Chrism. It is the mixture of the olive oil (perfume) and balsam. The oil was used in the coronation of the king or a queen at the Old Testament times. The anointing with this oil symbolises that we have been chosen by God for a special task and mission to do His will. It marks the candidate as being special - as one of God's people. Then the candidate is baptised by the priest who pours the holy water onto the candidate's head. It is the symbol of the cleansing of the original sin and purity of the candidate after the baptism. It gives us the opportunity to return to that state of being pure by repenting. It also gives us a chance to renew the baptism in the future life by the vows. ...read more.

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We believe that the Trinity is present so that's why the sign of the cross is so important. By using the sign of the cross, all five of our senses are blessed and it symbolises that everything we do should reflect the love of God and teachings of Jesus. 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. Therefore the sacrament of Baptism is a sort of pass in the future life as a Christian because without it we are not able to take other sacraments such as Confirmation or First Communion. I would like to conclude by saying that 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, everybody should help each other and where every body is loved and treated equally by God. ?? ?? ?? ?? - 1 - ...read more.

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