A ritual or symbol of admission to the body of Christians, generally performed by immersion or sprinkling with water.

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According to Catholicism, what are the requirements for baptism?

In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for example, everyone who desires to enter the waters of baptism must first be interviewed to see if they qualify for baptism: Qualifications ...
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Are there any Protestant denominations that have specific requirements for baptism? [closed]

In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for example, everyone who desires to enter the waters of baptism must first be interviewed to see if they qualify for baptism: Qualifications ...
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Why do Mormons use Trinitarian language in baptism when they explicitly reject Trinitarianism?

In conferring the rite of Baptist, Joseph Smith writes in the Doctrines and Covenants as follows: 73 The person who is called of God and has authority from Jesus Christ to baptize, shall go down ...
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What is the Catholic Church response to the question of the validity of Baptism conferred in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

To my understanding, the Mormons use a Trinitarian formula when baptizing [cf. D&C 20:73]. I have also read that the Catholic Church does not recognize Mormon baptism as valid. When, what, and ...
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Are there any denominations that baptize ONLY in the Name of Jesus?

From this question, are there any Christian denominations that baptise ONLY in the Name of Jesus, i.e. and not by the Trinitarian baptismal formula? Would such a baptism be considered valid by those ...
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Into whose name should Christians be baptised? [closed]

Jesus said, "...go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." However, the early church apparently baptised in the name of ...
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Interpretation of the scripture “One Lord, one faith, one baptism?”

Ephesians 4:5 states there is "one Lord, one faith, one baptism." Some Christians interpret this to mean that a single denomination (with its beliefs, doctrines, and practices) constitutes the "one ...
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Why do Orthodox Christians baptize infants?

I know that Roman Catholics baptize infants, because they believe that infants need to be cleansed of original sin, and that the denial of baptism at infancy by Christian parents is tantamount to the ...
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Those who believe that Baptism is necessary for salvation explain the apparent uncertainty with scripture please? [duplicate]

My questions relates to whether baptism a necessary act for salvation, according to the Bible, or whether its actual meaning has been misunderstood. 'Baptism' actually means, immersing in water. In ...
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Do infant-baptizing Protestant denominations have any requirements on names?

Catholicism views infant baptism as the norm; a child born to a Catholic parent or parents is ordinarily to be baptized soon after birth: Parents are obliged to take care that infants are baptized ...
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Why did Jesus need to be baptized? [closed]

I was recently reading through Wikipedia's article on the Baptism of Jesus, I came across this passage on the historicity of the event. Basically, it argues that Jesus' baptism would have been ...
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Why do Baptists even baptize in water at all considering their “spirit baptism” views?

It is common for Baptists to take the position that any passage in scripture that sounds like its saying baptism is required for salvation is referring to "Spirit baptism." [Examples, Acts 2:38, Gal ...
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Why is baptism by the Holy Spirit called a “baptism”?

Somewhat relating to this question. Many times I have been asked by members of some protestant denominations (especially by Baptists and Pentecostals) whether I've been baptized, followed by the ...
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The dove at the Baptism of Jesus

Did a real, physical dove appear at the Baptism of Jesus, or is this just metaphorical language (maybe a symbol found at various places in the Scriptures?)? Maybe someone could shed light on this.
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Should those who fall away and return to the church be baptized again?

Say someone was baptized as a young teenager, believed that Jesus died for his sins and rose three days later, and believed the bible and that it was all true, but as he got to be an older teenager ...
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Godparents in Protestantism

Without infant Baptism, do Protestants have godparents? Furthermore, are there any traditions common to most Protestant denominations concerning who should see to it that a child is raised in the ...
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Can a Catholic priest conduct a Catholic baptism upon the request of non-Catholic parents, assuming that they will raise the child Catholic?

Can non-Catholic parents ask the priest to baptize the child (infant) in the Catholic church and promise that they will give the child a Catholic upbringing? I mean, it could be a learning experience ...
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Are unbaptized people considered sinners? [closed]

I'm a catholic and I'm really confused on how the Catholic church does things. I do not know how they baptize a person. But a part of me is confused in their baptism. Because, as I observed in other ...
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Does the Pope have the authority to baptize aliens (martians)?

Does the Pope have the moral authority to baptize martians? Pope Francis says he would baptize aliens.
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Once a Catholic always a Catholic?

According to the Roman Catholic church, what is the status of someone who was baptised as a baby and left the church as a teen? Does it matter if he had Confirmation? Does it matter if he claims no ...
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Does 1 Peter 3:21 teach Baptismal Regeneration? [closed]

Does 1 Peter 3:21 teach Baptismal Regeneration? Baptismal Regeneration is the teaching that spiritual rebirth happens through water baptism. It teaches that in water baptism sins are forgiven.
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On what do Mormons base their practice of proxy-baptisms on behalf of the dead?

How does the LDS Church define their practice of performing baptisms on behalf of people who have died? I realize there is the following verse, but there seems to be few other Biblical references to ...
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Which Orthodox Churches Accept the Baptism of Heretics?

Primary Question: Orthodoxy is divided on whether to baptize converts who were baptized by heretics under the Trinitarian formula. Some groups baptize them; some groups only require chrismation. ...
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What does it mean to be buried with Christ through Baptism? (Immersionist view)

Romans 6:1-4 (NIV) What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t ...
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Why are babies dressed in white during a Roman Catholic christening?

Why are babies dressed in white during a Roman Catholic christening (aka baptism)? Is the color symbolic or anything? Can any other color be worn? Similarly, are there some sort of color restrictions ...
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How is it possible to be saved through “grace alone” if you have to be baptized to be saved? [duplicate]

If salvation is by grace alone, no works necessary, then why did Jesus say to Nicodemus "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the ...
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What are consequences of not being baptized with water?

I believe that after a person has placed their faith in Christ, they should express that faith by getting baptized in water. I don't think water baptism saves you, but is simply an outward expression ...
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How much water is necessary for baptism (Catholic perspective)?

In Catholicism, how much water is necessary for someone to be baptized? For example, if the only water present is a single droplet on a leaf, is that sufficient to baptize or is more needed? How ...
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Why is Infant Baptism considered to be invalid by so many Protestant denominations?

Catholics and several Protestant denominations (and maybe even Orthodox churches) practice Infant Baptism, while many other Protestant denominations do not. This question addressed the argument for ...
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Which Bible verses support adult-only baptism?

I am a Reformed Presbyterian and it seems that for most people I run into, baptism for 'adults' after confession of faith only is the default position. I always find myself fighting an uphill battle ...
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Is there any Biblical basis for baby dedications?

Many churches do not practice infant baptisms, because they believe that in the Bible baptism is taught to be something done after a person chooses to follow Christ. As an alternative, many of those ...
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What is the opinion of the LDS Church in regards to unbaptized people's taking communion?

In 2011, I visited a LDS church. On my visit, I noticed that bread and water were served. At the time, I merely thought they were some sort of snack for the congregation, and I gladly took a tiny cup ...
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What is the Biblical basis for withholding communion from believers who are unbaptized?

My home church has a policy of asking non-believers not to participate in communion, but never asks if a believer has yet been baptized. I have visited or attended several other churches where ...
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Is there a significance of the “Christian name”?

The Unitarian Universalist church is living proof that there is some sort of naming component in the child dedication/baptism ceremony in traditional Christian churches. How is the Christian name ...
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According to the LDS Church, what is the purpose or result of proxy baptisms for those who have already died?

I understand that one of the main works that an LDS member is encouraged to perform is proxy baptism, that is, a baptism on behalf of their ancestors or others who have already died. Another question ...
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Why was the Apostle Paul seemingly not that interested in baptizing believers?

Paul does not seem to put the same importance on baptism as he does on other things: For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross ...
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Are names of godparents written on Baptism Certificate?

My friend agreed to be a godfather for my baby. But he cannot be present at ceremony for some visa/travel reasons. Will his name get written on the Baptism Certificate? I want to present/show him some ...
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How does a baptismal certificate work?

How does a baptismal certificate work? Why do you even need a certificate? Would other churches disqualify your baptism, or disallow you from participating in other sacraments, if you happen to lose ...
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The New Testament teaches that Christ was baptized to “fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:14–15)--what does this mean?

In Matthew 3:14-15 it says, And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him. Can someone please expound ...
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Why is the Roman Catholic infant baptism called “christening”?

In popular culture, particularly in stories and fairy tales, infants are christened. The story of Sleeping Beauty begins with the christening of the princess, and at her christening ceremony, there ...
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What happens to unborn, unbaptized babies who die?

If we accept that unborn babies are human beings and not merely a non-human organism, and further we require baptism as a prerequisite for salvation (using it as justification for infant baptism)... ...
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What is the biblical basis for baptism by sprinkling?

As noted in the other question, there are two modes of water baptism of which I am familiar--immersion and sprinkling. As far as I know Catholics practice sprinkling along with many Protestant ...
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Christening - what exactly does a Godparent have to promise to do / be?

I have been asked to be a godparent to my nephew. However, I'm not a Christian. In a Church of England ceremony, what exactly is asked of the godparents?
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If we are saved by grace, then why does Jesus say we must be baptized in both spirit and water?

Ephesians 2:4-9 says: But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace ...
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Does any church follow the Apostolic Tradition of Baptism ‘in the nude’, or was that never the tradition?

The Apostolic Tradition was the work of Hippolytus, written somewhere between 215 and 400 AD. Recent scholars seem to take the later date (source). The whole writing can be found here: Apostolic ...
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What kind of baptism is essential to salvation, and what does 'essential' mean in this context?

I'm a protestant and I've often heard statements to the effect that "Catholics believe that salvation is impossible without baptism", but I've also encountered the terms "Baptism of blood" and ...
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Was the Apostolic Tradition of rejecting soldiers from the church ‘permanent’, or was this ‘tradition' briefly enforced?

In the Bible Jesus encounters Roman soldiers but does not tell them to 'quit their day job'. Jesus encountered a centurion with 'great faith' as recorded in Matthew 8. Peter as well baptized a ...
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Was baptism practiced before Christ?

A simple word search for "baptism" in the Old Testament turns up no matches. However by the time John the Baptist shows up on the scene and starts dunking people and calling it "for forgiveness of ...
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Is baptism a form of exorcism, or is that just a Hollywood myth?

I never watched this film, but the synopsis alone is eerie. Read this article. She then runs to the safety of a church, knowing that baptism is a form of exorcism. Is this true? Can baptism be ...
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What Bible verses support infant baptism?

I've studied the Bible and am a fundamental independent bible believing Baptist who believes what the scripture says about Baptism is clear. It is an ordinance after salvation, i.e. believers ...