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  1. Explain how Marks Account of Jesus baptism has influenced Christian beliefs and understanding of the sacrament of baptism. Refer to the central features of infant and Believers Baptism in your answer

    Baptism is the sacrament which welcomes us into the Christian community and the Kingdom of God by using everyday substances such as water, oil, a white Garment, Candles and the sign of the cross. Water is a symbolism of our daily life and baptism, we use water for drinking, washing, cooking and life, oil is a symbolism of healing and strength used everyday in heating, healing, pollution and wealth, the white garment is a symbol of purity and light seen everyday in clouds, cleansing-ness and surrender, the candle symbolises light and new life found in fire and guidance, the sign

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  2. Rites of passage in the Christian church.

    Christians believe that it is important to be baptized because Jesus was baptized himself and they believe when you are baptized you erase all your sins and become a pure Christian and also Jesus also commanded his disciples to baptize all nations. In the Eastern Orthodox Church Chrismation takes place after baptism. The baby is given to the priest or bishop, were he puts special oils of chrism marking on different parts of the baby's body in the sign of a cross. The priest touches the baby's forehead first then the eyes, nostrils, mouth, ears, breast, hand then his feet.

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