Comparing Biblical Tradition with Modern Denominational Practices of Baptism

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Comparing Biblical Tradition with Modern Denominational Practices of Baptism

One of the main reasons for the different denominations is their core, or fundamental, difference of belief concerning baptism. I hope to show many of the individual beliefs that are held by the different denominations, and to go back to the Bible and show what it has to say concerning baptism. The point is not to distinguish who is right and who is wrong, but to make people think about what they have been taught in their denomination, and to compare it to what the Bible has to say on the matter. If we go back to the original Greek we find several words used for baptism, baptizing, and baptized. All of these words have their root in the Greek word
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He only baptized those who came out to him and repented of their sins. Upon Jesus's request, John, who did not believe himself worthy to baptize Christ, did so. Even here with Christ's own baptism we see him following the second, third, and fourth rules. As for the first and fifth rules Christ was without sin and thereby had no need to repent of it and Christ had not given the command of the fifth yet. Here Jesus himself is showing us that baptism is something good and, something that every believer should do. Jesus even says that this own baptism is "fitting(ƒàƒâ_ƒàƒßƒÞ) to fulfil all righteousness" (Matthew 3:15 RSV). The Greek word ƒàƒâ_ƒàƒßƒÞ presumably indicates, in an indirect manner, the divine will (Beasley-Murray 1963). This implies God's own will in Jesus's baptism. God himself endorses baptism again by opening the heavens after Jesus's baptism and says " This is my son in whom I am well pleased"(Matthew 3:17, Mark 1:11, Luke 3:22 RSV). We also see that Jesus himself told his disciples to baptize people early on in his ministry (John 4:1-2 RSV). Although Jesus Christ himself did not baptize anyone he not only was baptized, but he told his disciples and all of his followers to be baptized and to baptize others. In all the above cases we see the first three (and in some cases the fourth) requirements followed. Primitive Baptism, or the tradition of Baptism found in the early Church, is

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