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  1. Describe and explain the central feature of Infant and Believers Baptism?

    The name picked for the child is usually a saint's name. The responsibility of the parents is that they will raise the child in the faith. The have to help the child keep the commandments. The Godparents just have to back up the parents and give them support. At the book we learn about God and we believe that he is alive in our lives today. The priest gives a brief explanation into what the reading of congregation is about.

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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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  3. Explain the meaning and significance of Baptism for Christians today.

    Through water and the Holy Spirit, Baptism is a symbol of new life and salvation. Christians believe is it important to baptize infants, as they believe everyone is born with the ability to sin and to disobey God's guidance. Superstition within the church leads some people to believe that unless a person or infant is baptized before it dies it may not receive entry into the kingdom of God. For this reason, many parents wish for their infants to be baptized as soon as possible after birth, sometimes within the confines of the hospital if the baby is born ill.

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  4. 'Baptising Babies is pointless', do you agree? Give reasons for your answer showing that you have thought about more than one point of view.

    Parents are eager to have God's blessing bestowed on their child in order to protect and keep them safe. In the Old Testament, God says, "I will sprinkle clean water on you and make you clean from all your idols and everything else that has defiled you." (Ezekiel 36:25) This bible verse suggests the idea of 'sprinkling' instead of total immersion, which is a more suitable method for babies. When a child is baptised it immediately becomes a member of the church community and throughout its life it is encouraged to live as a Christian based on the example of Jesus' life.

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  5. "Baptism should only be received when one is old enough to confirm one's faith".

    This scenario reinforces and powerfully symbolises the spiritual death, burial and resurrection to new life. Immersion declares the meaning of baptism undoubtedly and appropriately. Baptists believe that those who have already learned repentance and development of life should only then receive Baptism. Those who believe truly that their sins are taken away by Christ, to all those who walk in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and wish to be buried with Him in death, so that they may be resurrected with Him. Requests for Baptism to be received by those who significantly demand it for themselves.

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  6. Sacrament- an outward sign given by Jesus in which we receive his spirit and are helped to be more like him.

    In the ceremony of Baptism a person becomes an official member of the Church. To be a member of the Church means to share in the work of Christ -to respond to his call. " Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for such belongs to the Kingdom of God" (Mk10: 14). A baby is not able to make the promises of faith but they belong to a family who have faith and their parents and Godparents promise to make the faith known to the child as it grows up. Baptism celebrates and makes present the power, which frees us to live in the freedom of his love.

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  7. Describe and explain the central features of infant and believers baptism.

    In the early church, Baptism was reserved for adults. It wasn't until the third century that children were baptised. Today baptism is still based on Jesus' baptism and can occur when the person is an infant or adult. When babies are baptised the ceremony is called a christening. Baptism of infants is the most common in the Christian church today. The reason for infant baptism is the desire of the parents to bring up their children as Christians. The baby isn't baptised because it believes but because there is a wish on the part of the parents to have the child received into the family of the church and also to pass on the faith.

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  8. Describe and explain the central features of infant and believers baptism.

    The Godparents must promise a supporting role, as they represent the Christian community. The book symbolises the "Word of God". This is symbolic as the word always precedes the action. The readings are about the people of God. The scripture reading of Baptism may describe the baptism of Jesus, or it may be Jesus' conversation with Nicodemus in John3. The prayers of the faithful follow. These symbolise the new life given through baptism and the serious responsibilities, which are being taken on, by the parents and Godparents. Before being brought to the font, the child is anointed with the oil of Catechumens.

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  9. Infant Baptism verses Adult Baptism.

    Also I think it is fair to say that if to enter the kingdom of God you have to be rid of original sin and cleansed then this can only be done by Baptism. What if a baby died without being baptized, where would it go?

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  10. Infants should be baptised, discuss.

    This individual had a personal choice to become a Christian. He/she chose to take on the responsibilities of being a follower of Christ. But in infant Baptism the choice is being made by the child's parents who wish for their child to be a follower of Christ. Therefore the child is not being given the choice and is maybe being forced into practising out a faith that they are not really committed to. The child will obviously not understand how to be a Christian and therefore it will be up to its parents and community to teach it this.

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  11. Infant Baptism and beleivers baptism.

    The priest, parents and Godparents then make the sign of the cross on the baby's forehead. This is to claim the child for Christ. Bible readings are then followed by a sermon from the priest who explains the meaning of baptism. The priest will then anoint the baby with special oil called oil of Catechumens. It is used to signify the child becoming a member of the Christian community and, to represent the strength and courage the child will need in his or her life in Christianity. The parents and Godparents affirm their faith by renewing baptismal promises.

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  12. The central features of the infant baptism.

    This shows that the child's body is a temple for god to live in. The baby is then anointed, firstly with the oil of Catchechumens. The child is anointed on the chest and prays that she will be spiritually strong. This means that god has given the child all the grace and gifts it will need to lead a Christian life. Probably the most central and important feature of infant baptism is 'The Celebration of the Sacrament'. The third resumes around the baptismal font.

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  13. Explain the beliefs Christians hold about their responsibility for those at the beginning and end of their lives.

    In general Christians feel it is their responsibility to take care of the body carrying an unborn baby and because traditional Christian teaching places the highest value on human life most Christians condemn the concept of abortion as it would involve destroying something so innocent and going against God's will because God chose to give the life. Christian's regard abortion in any sense as murder which goes against their moral teachings, the fifth commandment states 'Thou shall not kill'. "If anyone does not take care of his relations especially members of his own family he has denied the faith and

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  14. Baptism all started due to the baptism of Jesus.

    When a person comes to be baptised they will have water poured over their head by the priests who say these special words, "I baptise you in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit." This is the main sacramental sign of baptism. A second sign is that a cross is marked on the person. Christians believed that these signs could not be wiped away. This means that they now belong to God. INFANT BAPTISM Infant baptism is also known as a Christening.

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  15. Describe and explain the central features of infant and believers' baptism.

    This is because the child is too young to understand what is happening. The godparents also help with the child's spiritual and religious upbringing. During baptism, anointing oils are used. Oil was traditionally a sign of strength and royalty as Kings were anointed. Therefore the baptised is being strengthened for good against evil and is being marked out as a special person to God. In the Old Testament, oil was used when alters were being blessed and not only were Kings anointed, it was also used for anointing priests and prophets as well as dead bodies.

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  16. Baptism is one of the first seven sacraments of the Catholic Church.

    The baby is held in the font facing east (a symbol of resurrection) which is very important in baptism. He is then dipped three times into the water. The orthodox service has three parts. Blessing the baptismal water with a prayer and breathing on the water in the sign of the cross, then a pre-baptismal anointing with the oil of gladness, then the actual baptism takes place. The Roman Catholic and Anglican churches believe the water should be poured over the babies head with the phrase 'I baptise you in the name of the son and of the Holy Spirit'.

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  17. Describe and explain the central features of Infant and believers Baptism.

    However although these churches all baptise infants, the Roman Catholic Church and Protestant churches believe that the Child is baptised when the water is sprinkled on the child however the Orthodox Church believes that a child is baptised when they have been dipped into the water three times. The water is contained in a font and is blessed by the priest so is now holy water, there are many outward signs of baptism but each of them contains an inward grace: Water: Water is stored in the font and is used in all baptismal ceremonies; the two methods of Infant baptism are Sprinkling and Dipping.

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  18. The following is the standard order of service in a Church of Ireland baptism. It is usually performed during an otherwise ordinary Sunday service.

    Firstly the sponsors are asked another three questions: * "Do you turn to Christ?" * "Do you then renounce the Devil and all his works?" * "Will you obey and serve Christ?" to which they answer "I will, by God's help". The minister now blesses the water in the font that will be used in the baptism, and the sponsors are questioned about their own faith and respond by saying the Apostles Creed. Now the baptism sacrament is carried out.

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  19. Describe and explain the central features of infant and believers baptism?

    Orthodox baptisms occur on the eighth day after the birth and the baby is held facing east. He or she is then dipped into the water three times in the name of trinity. The Orthodox service has three parts, the blessing of baptismal water with a prayer and breathing on the water in the form of the cross. A pre-baptism anointing with the 'oil of gladness'. And the actual baptism. In Roman Catholic and Anglican baptisms the baby has water poured over the forehead with a formula of words '(Name)

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  20. Explain the meaning and significance of Baptism for Christians today?

    The child also receives the gift of the Holy Spirit and through the Holy Spirit they receive many gifts such as courage, Right judgment and knowledge, among others. All these gifts can be used in difficult life situations e.g. what career path to take? Who to marry? Or for young people when faced with difficult situations such as pier pressure, the Holy Spirit can give you strength and help you get through these times. By being baptised as a Catholic you can then receive the six Sacraments.

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  21. Believers Baptism

    The type of things the believer must believe is that, he is a sinner and is separated from God by this sin. He has to believe that the death of Jesus can take away that sin for a believer (his sin that he committed) and must believe the death of Jesus having taken away his sin and reconciles with God and is one with god; this is known as atonement. The denominations that use Believers Baptism are most Free or Evangelical churches, where there is no set book or set services to go by.

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  22. "Baptising babies is pointless..."

    Baptism offers a helping hand to save us. Another reason for which some Christians feel so strongly about the Baptism service is the fact that Baptism healthily includes Christian children fully in the life of the church. Most children parents would agree that the ideal is for a child to know and love the Lord Jesus from their earliest years.

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  23. Why are the death and resurrection of Jesus important to Christians?

    Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." This quote (from 1 Corinthians, chapter 15, verses 12-20) shows that the death and resurrection are absolutely crucial to the Christian faith because of many reasons. Christians believe that he died to save them and the rest of the world from their sins, which, therefore, would enable them to be right with God.

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  24. Infant practises - How are they celebrated by different parts of Christianity?

    Prayers are then offered for the baby and the family, and the family can either select some prayers or write some themselves. Then it is asked that the saints in heaven also pray for the baby so that all will bless it. To prepare for the actual baptism the priest first anoints the baby with the Oil of Baptism as a sign of Christ's strengthening power and the priest asks that the baby be delivered from all evil. Then the water is blessed and the minister asks you to renew the vows made at your own Baptism and reminding you of your duty to bring up your child as a good Christian.

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  25. Explain the meaning and the significance of Baptism today

    The 'good start' may be this. The child may be different following baptism, not in appearance or in behaviour, but spiritually and due to the promises accepted on behalf of the child at the Baptism. Following the Baptism, the child may be encouraged to embrace the church or left alone for the infant to decide for him/herself the right path towards God. This may be determined by the duties that the infant's godparents have undertaken by agreeing to actually be the godparents.

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