Christainity is diluted; If you were baptized in Catholic church, see why you need a new baptism
What seems to devide Christains all over the world more than anything is doctrines. These doctrines which differ from one church denomination to another, whether universally or individually have affected the way Christains reacts to one another and also to critics.
The most controversial issues in Christainity and why every non Christain attacks Christainity has majorly come from how together we say we are, reading thesame Bible, but practicing different things.
While many Christain bodies claim these doctrines are biblical with little proof, others are man made with little or no strong biblical backings. One of such acts or doctrine that Is Soo controversial is BAPTISM.
Baptism No doubt is one of the most important acts of the Bible to all Christains. This is a proper agreement to become a Christian, a ritual which every Christain believes in no matter the denomination. Baptism is biblical and even Jesus Christ who is our Lord and savior was baptised in his days. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
14. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
15. Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.
16. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him."
NOTE: Verse 16 Says; "He went out of the water." Meaning that Jesus Christ was in the water. We would come to that later.
The importance of baptism is never argued anywhere. Most Churches consistently teach that in baptism, a believer surrenders his life in faith and obedience to God, and that God "by the merits of Christ's blood, cleanses one from sin and truly changes the state of the person from an a lost person to a citizen of God's kingdom.
To further stress the need for a believer to be baptized, Jesus himself gave his disciples this charge in the great Commission.
Mathew 28:19 says;
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."
The word "Baptizing" was Soo important that even Jesus Christ our savior and king, although without sin, Needed to be baptized to fulfil all righteousness. The problem is never with the baptism, it is with the type of baptism that is done in the Catholic Church.
What is baptism?
According to a dictionary meaning of baptism, baptism is the Christian religious rite of sprinkling water on to a person's forehead or of immersing them in water, symbolizing purification or regeneration and admission to the Christian Church. We are focusing on the water baptism not of the holy spirit.
NOTE; when a meaning of anything is given, it considers and tries to cut accross all those who practice it or those it affects. Part of the reason why "sprinkling" was mentioned was because the Catholic church which is one of the biggest denomination practices this.
types of water baptism;
1. Immersion; where the believer is submerged into the water. Eastern Orthodox churches and some Protestant denominations practice this method of baptism.
2. Aspersion; where the believer is "Sprinkled" holy water on the head. Mostly practiced by Catholics.
3. Affusion; here water is being poured on the believer's head and allowed to flow down. This is also practiced by Catholics mostly. They believe that baptism is valid only if the water that a person touches is moving.
Now if you were baptised using the first type of baptism of immersion, you are saved. But if you were baptised by SPRINKLING OR AFFUSION (of which you would likely be a Catholic), then you need to be baptized again.
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This is why every Catholic who was Baptized by sprinkling or affusion needs to be baptized again;
In the Bible when the issue of baptism came up, there was no issue of sprinkling the water on anyone. Every issue of baptising with water was done inside the water.
Acts 8:38 says;
"And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him."
According to that verse, the scripture clearly stated that they went down into the water, not that they stayed somewhere and brought out any water to sprinkle on him.
Also going back to when Jesus Christ was Baptized, it mentioned that he came out of the water.
Read Mathew 3:16
It says; "As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him." There was not any likely suggestions of sprinkling of water according to this verse.
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Irrespective of the number of times your being submerged into the water(as some churches submerges you three times while others do it once), It just goes to explain our connection to Jesus' death, burial and resurrection.
It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified Jesus christ, where your being submerged signifies death and buried, when your back up from beneath the water it means you have risen like Jesus Christ our Saviour. this also means every immersed believer is dead to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to the believer's faith in the final resurrection of the dead.
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What is the biblical basis for baptism by sprinkling according to those who have a literal interpretation of the Bible?
This is why they think sprinkling is biblical; they say that sprinkling is usually connected with blood. But, since we're "baptized into His death", then they think the water of baptism may represent Jesus blood in some way, especially since that was what poured forth from His side when He was pierced on the cross.
Ezekiel 36:25-27. " I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will become clean; I will cleanse you from all your uncleanness and from all your disgusting idols."
This was entirely on another context not relating to baptism. Jesus Christ was the first to be baptized as he tries to lead and let everyone follow. It was a practical way of showing leadership by example.
One of the reasons why Catholics use sprinkling or affusion is to move with trend and modernization. Forgetting that there is no level modernization that should thwart God's ways or standards.
My submission on this and why I think if you were sprinkled you need to be rebaptized is that; Unless you have been submerged, or Baptized by immersion, you have not died and resurrected like Christ did. Therefore your baptism DID NOT count.
Correct me if I am wrong, I am not a Catholic and I DON'T in anyway intend to ridicule any denomination, I am just speaking what I think has been an issue for Soo long and should be addressed.
God bless us all with wisdom to understand those things that we do that aren't entirely right in Jesus name, Amen!
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