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From the foregoing it is evident that not all baptism administered by heretics or schismatics is invalid.
The baptism of blood (baptismus sanquinis) is the obtaining of the grace of justification by suffering martyrdom for the faith of Christ.
Moreover, baptism can more readily be applied to infants than the rite of circumcision, and by the ancient law this ceremony had to be deferred till the eighth day after birth, while baptism can be bestowed upon infants immediately after they are born, and in case of necessity even in their mother's womb.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/02258b.htm   (12807 words)

 Baptism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Christian explanation of baptism as the definitive rite, by which the baptized person is indicated to be fully-qualified for participation in the life of the Church, begins with the career of John the Baptist, who was the cousin of Jesus.
They also believe that baptism is symbolic both of Jesus's death, burial and resurrection and of the death and burial of the natural or sinful man and rebirth as a disciple of Jesus of the one baptized.
The baptism of Acts 2:36-38 is Peter's call for Israel to repent of complicity in the death of the Messiah; not as an Gospel announcement of atonement for sin, a later doctrine revealed by Paul.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Baptism   (6323 words)

 Believer's baptism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Believer's baptism (also called credobaptism, from the Latin word credo meaning "I believe") is the Christian ritual of baptism given to adults and children who have made a declaration of their personal faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior.
Believer's baptism is administered only to persons who have passed the age of accountability or reason, which is usually age 8-12, though differences in denominational practice (and in psychological development among children) can cause the age to be set higher or lower.
In areas where those who practice believer's baptism are the physical or cultural majority, the ritual may function as a rite of passage, by which the child is granted the status of an adult.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Believers_Baptism   (925 words)

 JewishEncyclopedia.com - BAPTISM:   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-18)
Accordingly, Baptism is not merely for the purpose of expiating a special transgression, as is the case chiefly in the violation of the so-called Levitical laws of purity; but it is to form a part of holy living and to prepare for the attainment of a closer communion with God.
The new significance that Christianity read into the word "Baptism," and the new purpose with which it executed the act of Baptism, as well as the conception of its magical effect, are all in the line of the natural development of Christianity.
The Baptism of the proselyte has for its purpose his cleansing from the impurity of idolatry, and the restoration to the purity of a new-born man. This may be learned from the Talmud (Soṭah 12b) in regard to Pharaoh's daughter, whose bathing in the Nile is explained by Simon b.
jewishencyclopedia.com /view.jsp?artid=222&letter=B&search=baptism   (1345 words)

 Is Baptism necessary for salvation? CARM
Also, baptism is one of the signs and seals of the Covenant of Grace that was instituted by Jesus.
Baptism replaces the Old Testament circumcision because 1) there was a New Covenant in the communion supper (Luke 22:20), and 2) in circumcision there was the shedding of blood but in baptism no blood is shed.
The circumcision of the heart is signified by the circumcision of the flesh, that is, baptism (Col. 2:11-12).
www.carm.org /questions/baptnec.htm   (2727 words)

 baptism - HighBeam Encyclopedia
BAPTISM [baptism] [Gr., =dipping], in most Christian churches a sacrament.
In Roman Catholic and Anglican theology baptism is also held to confer an indelible character on the person, requiring him or her to worship.
Formal baptism is performed by immersion (as among the Baptists) or by pouring or sprinkling water on the person to be baptized.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/b/baptism.asp   (380 words)

 CHURCH FATHERS: On Baptism (Tertullian)
The baptism announced by John formed the subject, even at that time, of a question, proposed by the Lord Himself indeed to the Pharisees, whether that baptism were heavenly, or truly earthly:
And therefore their baptism is not one with ours either, because it is not the same; a baptism which, since they have it not duly, doubtless they have not at all; nor is that capable of being counted which is not had.
-->I have to be baptized with a baptism,
www.newadvent.org /fathers/0321.htm   (6353 words)

 U.S. Catholic Bishops - Catechism of the Catholic Church
Baptism is necessary for salvation for those to whom the Gospel has been proclaimed and who have had the possibility of asking for this sacrament.
The baptismal seal enables and commits Christians to serve God by a vital participation in the holy liturgy of the Church and to exercise their baptismal priesthood by the witness of holy lives and practical charity.
The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit.
www.usccb.org /catechism/text/pt2sect2.htm   (4546 words)

 The Sacrament of Baptism
Before receiving the Sacrament of Baptism, the old self, the heart and human spirit, were stained by the original sin and all the other sins that the person had committed before being baptized.
Thirdly, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit means that the Holy Spirit has descended on the Christian to dwell within his physical body, coexisting with the new heart and spirit.
During the ceremony of Baptism, the priest says a prayer of blessing, asking that the water within the baptismal basin be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.
www.catholicdoors.com /courses/baptism.htm   (6391 words)

 The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod - Baptism
She says that she has informed the pastor that she wants it to be known as a dedication, not a baptism.
Baptism is an act of obedience to God and shouldn't be tied to salvation in such a manner that it seems that we would earn salvation by baptism.
Believing that there is one baptism for the forgiveness of sins, the question has arisen whether or not one can be baptized more than once.
www.lcms.org /pages/internal.asp?NavID=2590   (1378 words)

 Baptism - Purpose: Essential Condition or Sign of Salvation?
The purpose of baptism, they say, is to provide a sign to show others that he has been saved, or perhaps to join a particular denomination.
To be a Scriptural baptism, it must be done for the purpose of being cleansed or freed from sins by the blood of Jesus.
When people say baptism is not necessary and we can just overlook the reason why a person is baptized, those people are the ones who are teaching that purposes do not matter.
www.biblestudylessons.com /cgi-bin/gospel_way/baptism_purpose.php   (2777 words)

At the conclusion of a Disciples baptism, the congregation most often is asked to pledge support of the newly-baptized person in her or his faith journey.
Disciples call the practice "believer's baptism." As the believer is immersed, she is baptized in the name of the Trinity.
A person baptized in another Christian tradition wishing to join a Disciples congregation is simply asked: "Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, and proclaim him Lord and Savior of your life?" The person who answers, "I do," is welcomed into the congregation.
www.disciples.org /general/baplief.htm   (308 words)

 The Necessity of Baptism
Baptism is necessary for salvation for those to whom the Gospel has been proclaimed and who have had the possibility of asking for this sacrament [Mark 16:16]" (CCC 1257).
There are exceptions to water baptism: It is possible to be saved through "baptism of blood," martyrdom for Christ, or through "baptism of desire", that is, an explicit or even implicit desire for baptism.
For the Savior calls martyrdom a baptism, saying, ‘Can you drink the cup which I drink and be baptized with the baptism with which I am to be baptized [Mark 10:38]?’ Indeed, the martyrs too confess, by being made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men [1 Cor.
www.catholic.com /library/Necessity_of_Baptism.asp   (1343 words)

Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word."[5]
Baptism is the source of that new life in Christ from which the entire Christian life springs forth.
V. 1256 The ordinary ministers of Baptism are the bishop and priest and, in the Latin Church, also the deacon.[57] In case of necessity, any person, even someone not baptized, can baptize, if he has the required intention.
www.christusrex.org /www1/CDHN/baptism.html   (3479 words)

We can't recall our baptism, but we continually need to remember it, for with our baptism we received the most important promise of our lives, a promise that keeps on going and going and going….
We are born children of a fallen humanity; in the waters of Baptism we are reborn children of God and inheritors of eternal life.
Every day we need to remind ourselves of what our baptism signifies, that by grace we participate in Christ's death and his resurrection, and we are thereby freed to love God and serve the neighbor in all that we do.
www.stolaf.edu /people/edwards/baptism6.htm   (1114 words)

 New Catholic Dictionary: Baptism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-18)
Baptism is administered by pouring water on the head of the candidate, saying at the same time,
I baptize thee, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
Without the Sacrament of Baptism or martyrdom it is commonly taught that infants cannot attain to the enjoyment of the Beatific Vision.
www.catholic-forum.com /saints/ncd01002.htm   (213 words)

The Baptism of Clovis, Master of St Giles, 1500.
Baptism of St Zenobius and His Appointment as Bishop, Alessandro Botticelli, 1505.
Baptism - Jane Russell, collage by Karen Whitehill, 2002.
www.textweek.com /art/baptism.htm   (121 words)

 Baptism Encyclopedia Article @ OnlineReligion.com (Online Religion)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-18)
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Furthermore, because the New Covenant is described in Jeremiah 31:31-34 as a time when all who were members of it would have the law written on their hearts and would know God, Baptist theology teaches that only those who are born again, as indicated by a profession of faith, are members of the New Covenant.
Khande Di Pahul (Amrit ceremony) was initiated in the times of Guru Gobind Singh when Khalsa was inaugurated at Sri Anandpur Sahib on the day of Baisakhi in 1699.
www.onlinereligion.com /encyclopedia/Baptism   (4736 words)

 Baptism: Immersion Only?
Given this history, it was natural for Jesus and his followers to use the same word for Christian baptism, though it was not identical either to the Jewish baptism or to that of John.
Earlier we saw that the "baptism of the Holy Spirit" was depicted as "pouring." But these passages show that the "baptism" or "pouring" of the Spirit is itself closely related to water baptism.
The Catholic, who believes baptism confers grace and is normatively necessary for salvation, maintains that God wouldn’t require a form of baptism that, for some people, is impossible.
www.catholic.com /library/Baptism_Immersion_Only.asp   (1808 words)

 What is the meaning and purpose of baptism? -- The #1 most important website in the world
We will look at the scriptures on baptism in question first and let God’s Word speak for itself.
For the purposes of the rest of the discussion it will be noted that the mode of baptism is used in the definition of full water immersion.
This is a symbol of baptism, which now saves you also - not the removal of dirt from the body, but the answer of a good conscience toward God, it saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
www.bebaptized.org   (1375 words)

"Baptism Integrity" is the only website dedicated to consideration of the issues of the theology and practice of baptism.
If you are not an inveterate surfer, you will probably find it best to click on the "Advice" button.
When you open this page you should see 6 large navigation buttons at the top, a "moving title" and a series of blue navigation buttons at the foot of the page.
www.baptism.org.uk   (310 words)

 How to Perform an Emergency Baptism
We are commanded to be baptized (Acts 2:38), and the church is commanded to baptize new converts (Matthew 28:19).
For example, if children are playing church or if you perform a baptism as part of a play, or you are horsing around in a swimming pool, it is not a valid baptism.
If you substitute other formulas or if you baptize only in Jesus’ name, the baptism may be valid in some churches, but in most churches, it won’t be valid.
www.kencollins.com /how-04.htm   (916 words)

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