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It says that it is only harder for the rich person to enter heaven. It never says that rich people cannot enter the heaven. Also, by the nature of their poverty, the poor always lead a humble life, and they don't have the same life as the rich and maybe want to be rich but they can focus their lives on praying to God and following Jesus, they cannot get distracted by money and wealth. Money is a luxury and a true Christian's happiness can lie within the hope and love from Jesus and God.
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when Jesus said she was asleep, Thousands of other miracles were done but people couldn't believe; Only some accounts people chose to believe but not necessarily. Jesus amazed everyone when he walked on water, This was a true miracle and many couldn't believe what they had seen, The feeding of the 5,000 was one of the most famous miracles, How could anyone feed 5,000 people with 2 fishes and 5 loaves? But this is Jesus we are talking about, The Son of God!
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Jesus died on the cross for the sins of humans and sin can be seen as selfishness. i.e- a pleasure just to satisfy the human self. God orders all humans to be pure and gives them laws/commandments to live by. The Holy spirit is believe to be part of the trinity which is another fundamental Christian believe. The trinity consists of the father the son and the holy spirit. Christians are called to Love God and the Holy Spirit. It is important that if a person wants the guidance of the holy spirit that they ask for it because the holy spirit will only work inside a person if a person allows it to work inside them.
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Then we have the Penitential Rite, Penitential Rite means saying sorry to God. This process is to ask Jesus to forgive our sins. After the Penitential Rite, we will have the Liturgy of The Word and we will have the "Gloria" before that. Usually in Sunday mass, we sing out the Gloria. Gloria is the opening prayer, which expresses the theme of the celebration, follows the prayer of worship, thanks and praise. (Dimensions of Christianity) When the Gloria have finished, we have the Liturgy of The Word, three readings from the bible, there is one reading from old testaments, one reading from new testaments then the Gospel.
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Later on in the story he "breathes" his spirit into us, so we must be important as Gods spirit is living in us. The Holy Spirit guides us throughout our life. We know this from the New Testament, when Paul said "do you not know you are a vessel of God's spirit? ". Human beings are social and need to relate and interact with others. Anything that jeopardizes this relationship is viewed by religious and non- religious as wrong.
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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.
There are some organisations which would help them at those difficult times. The next step in the baptism is the reading at the lectern. During this part, the "Word of God" is proclaimed to nourish faith of these present people in the church. It is to teach the children to talk to God in prayers. Children will learn this from their parents in the future life. The readings from the gospel will guide the candidate to be Christ like because they consist of the teaching of Jesus who is the example for them.
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Before baptism parents attend a preparation class to fully understand what they are promising. At an infant baptism (Roman Catholics) promises are made by the god parents these promises are made because the godparents take a special interest in the child to encourage the child in the Christian faith. Usually a male infant will have two males and one female godparent and a female infant will have two females and one male godparent. Sometimes there can be more. Holy water is sprinkled onto the infants forehead this symbolises the sins getting washed away (the original sin)
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PARENTS SHOULD NOT DECIDE TO BAPTISE BABIES BUT SHOULD WAIT UNTILL THEY ARE OLD ENOUGH TO DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES
One denomination that choose to baptise babies soon after birth are the Roman Catholics they believe that it is important to baptise infants because they believe when infants are born they are born with original sin from Adam and Eve. So baptism cleans the original sin and the infants start a new life. Also Roman Catholics have other beliefs about baptism one of their beliefs is to baptise infants as an introduction to god to show its faith anther belief is that baptism is way of welcoming a infant into the community another belief is
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The exorcism and the anointing cast out evil from the child; the original sin of Adam is driven out by God's power. Augustine of Hippo said 'would indeed alone suffice, without actual sin, to bring man to damnation unless baptism occurs'. The child is anointed with the oil of catechumens. On behalf of the candidate, the godparents make promises to bring up the child in a Christian life by using the baptismal promises using the apostle's creed. Next, the actual baptism takes place.
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However if someone is not baptised they can not fully take part in their religion. Baptism opens doors to the other sacraments so without being baptised the child can't receive communion or tell their confessions. Also, baptism is a welcoming into the community so although the parents may not have much, or any, faith it is also up to the child's parish to bring it up religiously. Though, personally, I don't think that is reason enough to baptise people as babies rather than adults.
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I think this has a lot of influence on parents who understand this statement and believe it, so they have their children baptised so that God will forgive them for their sins, throughout their lives. Also this is why Adult baptism today tends to be more popular because as people get older they want to be forgiven for all their sins and cleansed of them so instead of them just doing a reconciliation they can be baptised.
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Holy Spirit come upon us to give us strength to deal with the difficulties of life, and finally baptism means Salvation, it cleanses the person of original sin just as the water cleansed Jesus. There are two forms of when Baptism should be administered; these are known as Infant and believers baptism. In infant baptism, Christian parents want a new born baby to be part of the family of God the baby's parents make a decision to bring them up as part of the Church community of believers.
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Keane (1995) says, "These are followed by a homily and prayers of the faithful." After the priests homily the liturgy ends with the "Litany of the saints". The child id also exorcised at the ambo removing all bad or evil spirits and is anointed with the oil of catechumens and the party then move to the font. When all the party have arrived at the font the priest blesses the water and "Asks the parents and godparents to renew their baptismal promises" C.
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"Baptising babies is pointless." Do you agree with this statement?Give reasons for your answer showing you have thought of more than one point of view." I do not agree with the statement, 'Baptising babies is pointless
However, some may argue that a baby is not born with sin, therefore cleansing it is pointless. Baptism can bring the love of God to a sick child. In this way, baptism could be viewed as a protective sacrament, guarding the baby from harm. Infant baptism gives the family the chance to publicly thank God for the birth of their child. Infant baptism is practised by Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Presbyterians, and Methodists. Although the parents make the baptismal promises on the child's behalf at baptism, it is the child's own faith that will allow them to live out their life as a Christian.
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"Baptising babies in pointless" Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer showing that you have considered more than one point of view.
Many parents see baptism as one of the best things they can do for their child. In baptism the candidate is cleansed from original sin. Original sin is a weakness in all humans, which keeps us in a state of separation from God and so many people seen it as the very important to rid an infant of this burden of life as soon as possible. The grace we receive in baptism overcomes this weakness in us all and brings God into our lives. For centuries infants have been baptised, almost from the very start of the church.
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The priest may breathe upon the child's face and exorcise the evil spirit. It was said St. Augustine makes use of this apostolic practice of exorcising to prove the existence of original sin. Then the infant's forehead and breast are signed with the cross, the symbol of redemption which is the Salvation from sin through Jesus' sacrifice for His people (The New Covenant). A few Bible readings are read by a homily from the priest, whilst the meaning of Baptism is explained.
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Baptism is an outer sign of inner change. The outer sign is the celebration afterwards and the Anointment with the Oil of Catechumens and the inner change is the first sacrament in which you are deciding and choosing to believe in God and follow in Jesus' footsteps. When a Baby is baptised it is called an 'Infant Baptism', it is done to rid the child of 'Original Sin' and so that the child can grow up in the Christian Faith and be forgiven for any sins they commit throughout their life.
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It marks an end to the person's former sinful life and a beginning to their new life with Christ. The other reason is that it is an act of renunciation. The candidate is asked if they will repent of their sins and denounce evil. They are giving up their past sinful existence and embracing Jesus's teachings. Baptism is only for teenagers and adults who recognise Jesus as their Saviour. Before being baptised, the candidate will be asked to attend preparation classes for approximately a month. These weekly classes consist of studying the Bible. The baptism service is usually part of the Sunday evening service.
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In a Roman Catholic Church we are baptised as infants. In infant baptism children are baptised using a font. Infant baptism is when a child from a Christian family is invited to become God's child. As babies are too young to take vows the parents and God parents do it for them. Their parents and God parents vow to bring their child up in a Christian environment. It starts off with the welcome. The priest asks the parents and God parents if they will bring up their child as a Christian. He reminds them of their responsibilities as Parents and God parents.
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Baptism is the rite of initiation into the Christian church and the family of God, it is important because it's the start of Christian life
After a reading, which is usually about being born again to eternal life, the priest gives a short homily on its meaning. The bidding prayers are said for the child, parents and godparents. Next the exorcism, in which the priest raises his hand and says "o, God you sent your son to cast out the power of Satan, set this child free from original sins and he then anoints the child with oil of catechumens. It is after this the child is brought to the baptistery where the parents and god- parents renew their faith and answers the baptismal promises for the child which will be renewed at confirmation.
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It is also to show that his whole body has been cleaned - not by the water, it merely signifies that our soul is cleansed from sin by the blood of Jesus Christ. Water is used because it is the substance that it usually used for cleaning things so by being baptised in water it shows you are now clean from sin. Water also gives life, revives us and helps to feed us. When the person emerges from the water the pastor exclaims, "You have been baptised "In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.""
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The priest then gives a short homily explaining the readings to the people. After this there are Bidding prayers asking God to help the parents and the godparents. All people are born with original sin (that is the sin of Adam). The priest uses God's power to exorcise the evil. He then makes the child holy by anointing them with oil, known as the oil of catechumens. (The meaning of this oil means strength against temptation, sin and evil.) On behalf of the child the godparents then make promises to live a Christian life.
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The church does not know of any other means than baptism that assures entry into eternal beatitude". 'Catechism 1257' When we are born we are born into our family, our blood and genetic family. Parents want the best for their children. They want their children to have all the opportunities they have had, and to enjoy all the things they themselves have found enjoyable in their own lives. So parents who belong to a church want their children also to be part of the church.
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"you are accepting the responsibility of training him to the practice of the faith. It will be your duty to bring him up to keep God's Commandments." The sign of the cross is traced on the child's forehead (symbol of belonging to God). "I will now trace the Sign of the Cross on your forehead and invite your parents and god-parents to do the same" A celebration of the Word of God Readings take place from scriptures, showing the importance of Baptism.
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In addition, the submersion in water represents Jesus' own death and resurrection. By using the same methods of baptism we are following Jesus' footsteps. The white garment in which the infant is clothed in, or the white clothing, which the adult would wear during Baptism, represents innocence and purity. They are cleansed from sin, whether it is original or personal sin. The messiah's holy colour was white as seen in the transfiguration. At a believers baptism they are already active Christians beforehand and so it is a significant part of their lives in that it is the sign that they are true Christians.
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