John The Baptist Baptism Essay

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Baptism is mentioned in both the New and Old testament of the bible. Although the term “baptism” was not coined until John the Baptist, the concepts in Leviticus were the same. These ideals consisted of the purification of a persons’ spirit through water. The water washes away a persons’ sins and allows them to emerge a strengthened member of the church. Even though getting baptized is not a prerequisite for the entrance to heaven many feel that it is a necessary step in devoting life to God. A traditional baptism would have taken place in a river or lake but a modern baptism takes place inside. This is due to the new practice of pouring water onto an infant’s forehead in comparison to submerging a persons’ body in water. The product of the ritual is the same but the process has changed. Baptism allows any man, women, or child to enter the Christian church. Since anyone can be baptized it gives faith to many who have lost it.
The concept of a Christian baptism can be
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Yet it is an essential part of being accepted into the church. Thus making it an important part of Christianity. The ritual, although derived from the Jewish tradition of immersion, became standard for Christians after John the Baptist Baptized Jesus. A modern baptism takes place inside a church in which a priest would pour water onto an infants’ head. This differs greatly from the origins of ritual. A baptism is a very symbolic ceremony in its practice. From the incipient to the final allowance into the church, every aspect has its purpose. Water and fire are large proponents in signifying the rebirth that someone goes through after a baptism. Fire is the light that leads the believers through life, sinless. Water is what washes away and cleanses the body of the sins that may have been done. Baptism allows its recipients into the Christian church. With this initiation a devout Christian will be allowed into heaven upon his/her

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