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There are many different central features of infant and believers baptism.

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Baptism AO1 There are many different central features of infant and believers baptism. Infant Baptism is when a small child or baby is baptised. It can be performed using three methods. The Latin tradition of the Catholic Church is when the infant has water poured over his/her head. A baby is usually held over a font and as the water is poured, the priest says the words of the baptism. This water is poured three times showing us that the child is baptized in the name of the father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit. In the Russian Orthodox Church infants are also baptized in a font but they are fully covered in water. There can be two people elected to be Godparents. These people have ongoing responsibilities after the baptism which can come down to taking the child to church when his/her mother or father are unable to teach the child about Christian life and the correct way to live there life. One thing Godparents do not do is look after the child if his/her mother or father were to die. In believers' baptism, which is used in Baptist churches, it is always by full immersion, which is when the whole body is covered in water. The person has to be old enough to be a believer. ...read more.


God then said'. This is my son, the beloved! Whom he is well pleased with.' We must not forget that Jesus was without sin and there would be no point in forgiving his sins when he was baptised. Jesus was baptised as an example for us and that we should have our past sins forgiven. Christians are baptised for many different reasons. These reasons can be found in different parts of the Bible. In Mark 16:15-16 it is shown that baptism is necessary for salvation. In Matthew 28:19-20 it says that baptism should be shown in the name of trinity (father, son and holy spirit). In Luke 24:47 it is shown that forgiveness and repentance should be preached as the faith is spread. Finally in Acts 2:38 it presents a baptism of repentance in Christs' name as necessary for salvation as means to obtain the gift of the Holy Spirit. Basically Baptism could be a sort of test to see if you are a true Christian. Obviously when you are young your parents decide that for you. But if you are old enough to make your own decision then you could be tested. For Believers Baptism every person who is going to be baptised should attend a special group for guidance and teaching which can help people make there decisions on what faith to choose. ...read more.


Then they can get baptised. Plus babies don't really sin so its pointless for having there sins forgiven. I do understand that parents of children may want there babies baptised because it is a family religion or tradition and also the worry of there baby dying while a child. The parents would not know weather the child has gone to heaven or not. But everyone should be free for free choice. One thing to also think about is, what happens if when they are older they find out that the religion they are is not really for them? They wouldn't really be able to do anything about it. Another point would be that Jesus was baptised as an adult and maybe people really should follow him. John the baptised called adults to repent of there sins and be baptised. People are baptised because they believe in God and they want to follow the religion that they have chosen. They have chosen to commit to that religion for the rest of their life, commit their life to God. Also people want their sins forgiven so they can live a happy after life in heaven with God. How really can a baby decide all of that all by itself? My opinion is that we should be left till at least 10 or 11 before we decide what we believe. (312) Total Word count (1,425) ...read more.

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