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Religion Coursework: Christian Initiation

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Religion Coursework: Christian Initiation Throughout this coursework, I intend to cover in fully detail on what initiation is as well as how people join the church. I will also be stating the differences in baptism for both adults and children. The second part of the coursework will explain the affects and differences that Baptism can have upon a person throughout their life, as well as the changes that occur too. This will be done via the aid of examples. The last part of the coursework will show ideas comparing or weighing up of what people think about Baptism. Joining a community, an organization or even a gang usually involves an initiation ceremony where a person must go through a process set by that group to be able to become a member. An example of an initiation ceremony is of Nelson Mandela who had to go through a process of having a 'live' circumcision before shouting in front of other members, ''I am a man!''. Only after doing this was he able to join and be considered a member of the 'Xhosa' tribe. ...read more.

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The candidate will then leave the pool where a friend or a sponsor will be waiting with a towel. This person will be important and supportive to the candidate's belief. The candidate changes before returning to the service. Baptism is very important and has a meaning to people because it allows a person's sins to be washed away and so therefore, it gives them a fresh start. It is also assumed that baptized brings a person closer to God as well as giving them strength to resist temptation. Christians believe that when a person is baptized, they are being 'born again'. They also believe that baptism brings the Holy Spirit into the person to give them a new life that brings them closer to Jesus and gives them strength to 'be more like him'. Parents choose to baptize their children when they are babies because they believe that 'Baptism' symbolises the beginning of 'eternal life', and so they believe that at baptism, the baby is being re-born as God's child. They also believe that Baptism greets the baby into the 'family of God'. ...read more.

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Another reason for why people choose believers' baptism is that they also want to follow the way the early Christians were baptized which was of 'total immersion'. On the other hand, one main reason for choosing an infant baptism is 'Baptism' symbolises the beginning of 'eternal life', and so they believe that through baptism, the baby is being re-born as a child of God. Another reason for choosing infant baptism is that Baptism greets the baby into the 'family of God'. This makes Parents wanting to make their children members of the churches congregation from an as early age as possible. I think that Believers' Baptism is better, so I agree with the statement that 'Believers' Baptism is better than Infant Baptism'. The reasons why I believe this are firstly, I believe that a person should understand the commitment and devotion involved in baptism and should be baptized through their own personal will, rather than through the will of parents. This way, it makes baptism more special and important. My second reason is that we should follow our lord Jesus Christ as well as the early Christians who were baptized when they were adults. My final reason is that I believe in total immersion just like the early Christians did it for it represents a 'whole new life'. ...read more.

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