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Explain the meaning and the significance of Baptism today

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Explain the meaning and the significance of Baptism today People decide to have their infants baptised for a variety of different reasons. Some Christians believe that Baptism is the correct way to bring a child into a church community, whereas others find Baptism a strict tradition which determines whether you enter the Kingdom of God. It is believed that Baptism is a definitive way of giving a child a 'good start' in life. This can be interpreted in different ways, one way is that the child is introduced to God via Baptism giving the infant a good start on his or her way to creating a healthy relationship with God. Another way this could be interpreted is that the child has been given a good start in the sense of life itself, Baptism's significance revolves around purifying and cleansing of sin. ...read more.

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Which as explained, includes accepting promises on behalf of the child, in this sense the godparents now have a duty to see that the child stays true to these promises. A good godparent would do this. Parents of the infant can help the child follow up the earlier talked about 'good start' by encouraging their child to go to church and follow God in as many ways as possible. ie. Going to a Christian school. Going to church every week will make the child different in a sense of gaining a better understanding and higher level of respect for God. Baptism can also have an affect on decisions the infant makes later on in life, as a child, teenager or adult. ...read more.

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The reason behind adults being baptised can vary from person to person, some adults decide baptism is the start of their new life, learning to leave behind the corruption of their past. Other people decide baptism is significant to their commitment to God, as from now on they have decided to make God play a more active role in their lives. This reason and other reasons for baptism can be adopted and flourished by the baptised individual by simply going to church more often or helping out their community. The commitment involved when baptised shows that the person has abandoned his or her corrupted past and through baptism has been cleansed of sin and burden. Baptism is about life and what better way to begin life committed to God? Peter Muscolino ...read more.

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