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

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Why did not Jesus personally baptize anyone?

We see Jesus telling Nicodemus in Jn 3: 5: Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. - John 3:5 We also read at Jn 4: ...
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Do Baptists teach that baptism by full water immersion is essential to salvation

My understanding is that Baptists and Jehovah’s Witnesses reject infant baptism and advocate full water immersion of adults who fully understand what they are doing and what baptism means. Believer's ...
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Was Apollos ever baptized in the name of Jesus?

Regarding Apollos, the Bible states: Acts 18:25 (ESV Strong's) 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning ...
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Why did ancient catechumens delay baptism as long as possible?

The Wikipedia articles on affusion and catechesis contain the following (unsourced) claims: The most common use [of affusion], however, was for ill or dying people who could not rise from their beds. ...
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How to reconcile the Council of Trent and the Apostle John regarding the post-baptismal presence of sin?

I am struggling to reconcile a very strong statement from the Council of Trent pronouncing anathema with a very strong statement from the Apostle John pronouncing deception and lie. Both statements ...
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Do paedobaptists suggest that a baptised infant is really 'born again'?

This question is for Protestant Trinitarians and addresses the divide among the various denominations of Protestantism, particularly Presbyterianism, Congregationalism and Anglicanism, who baptise ...
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How do Lutherans or Reformed Christians interpret Acts 8:16?

A little context, Acts 8 tells us about Philip baptizing the people of Samaria, however people that have not received the Holy Spirit, even after baptism, until Peter and John lay their hands on them ...
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How does the Catholic Church handle documents worldwide nowadays?

Marriages and baptisms certainly generate certificates that the church needs to store somewhere. Catholic schools such as the Marist Brothers and La Salle Brothers, with hundreds of thousands of ...
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Why do they have same baptismal name?

I have seen many of Catholics have their baptismal name same as that of their grandparents. Why they do so? Is it given in bible?
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Where is the Holy Spirit in Jesus life before baptism in the river Jordan happen? [closed]

Baptism in the Jordan River is where Jesus received the anointing of the Holy Spirit. The Baptism of Jesus …16As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water. Suddenly the heavens ...
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How can incorrect information on a Catholic baptismal record be corrected?

My mother was baptised Catholic in 1923 but the baptismal record has a few mistakes on it not least the mother's name. Is it possible to have a baptismal record corrected and what forms of proof do ...
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Any biblical passages, traditions or historical record of Virgin Mary's baptism?

Jesus was already thirty years old when He said to St. John the Baptist that it is the Will of the Father that He received baptism thru his anointed hands. St. John was baptizing Jews before Jesus ...
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Does any Church currently incorporate exorcism, three dunkings, and anointing in their baptism rite?

Hippolytus of Rome, in relating the rites and liturgies in use in Rome in the 3rd Century AD in his work called Apostolic Tradition, describes a process of exorcism first to expel evil spirits whereby ...
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According to Catholicism can you be saved without being baptised?

Is faith through Jesus Christ without baptism enough for salvation? According to the bible, “without faith, it is hard to please God”. If someone at a young age whose been baptised didn’t have faith ...
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Does the Catholic Church accept baptisms of other denominations? [duplicate]

Is baptism from different denominations valid in Catholic Church? To my knowledge, anyone can baptise someone to the point of death of an unbaptised child/baby and adult.
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Am I considered to be Catholic?

I noticed with surprise the following in a previous question : Finally, each and every Catholic, as also the baptized of every non-Catholic church or denomination who enters into the fullness of ...
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What does Western Catholic infant baptism and confirmation involve, especially with regard to being identified as a Catholic?

My son’s grandmother was Roman Catholic and she wanted us to have him baptised without delay. However, given we did not intend to bring him up in the Catholic faith, that would not have been possible....
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Why baptise or christen a child multiple times?

I'm researching my family tree and I'm currently investigating ancestors who lived in England in the 18th and 19th centuries (1700-1899). Many of these people were born before birth registrations were ...
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Is Nessa or Vanessa a Catholic name?

I was looking for a suitable name for my future daughter. I visited this Catholicity website and I got Nessa as an interesting name. But then my friends and home people said it is not a catholic ...
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What do Jehovah’s Witnesses teach about water baptism and is baptism by full water immersion essential to salvation?

This question has arisen from answers to a question I recently asked about the Lutheran Church and what they teach about salvation (they call it justification) and whether or not they think water ...
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What does the Lutheran Church teach about Justification by Faith and is the sacrament of Baptism essential to salvation?

Recently I have been doing research into the Lutheran Church and it seems that they believe in baptismal regeneration. My understanding is baptismal regeneration is the belief that baptism is ...
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Origins of the historical shift towards Believers baptism in the Protestant movement?

Much of modern protestantism believes that only believers should be baptized, as believing adults (or at least consenting young people). The primary example being obviously Baptists. This is a ...
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Baptismal names in the Greek Orthodox Church!

Where can I find an EXHAUSTIVE list of baptismal names in the Greek Orthodox Church; i.e an EXHAUSTIVE list of Names that have been given to a person (the frequency; i.e the number of people given ...
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What do Reformed Baptists think about a Christian refusing to be baptised?

I would like to hear what the doctrinal position of Reformed Baptist churches is regarding a Christian who rejects or refuses baptism? While Grace alone and Faith alone are the undisputed source of ...
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What is the latest position of Catholic Church on the existence of Limbo?

Catholics traditionally believe that infants which die before being baptized, go to a place called Limbo. It is not understood whether the belief comes out of a dogmatic teaching of the Church. My ...
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Does Catholicism allow rebaptism? [duplicate]

I'm Catholic and have made all my sacraments. I'm going to Israel and am interested in being baptized in the Jordan River. Is this allowed?
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What should one do who was baptised twice in the Catholic and Orthodox Churches?

I just found out my parents baptized me twice as a baby in two Christian Churches: Catholic and Orthodox. I am concerned, is it bad to be baptized twice? What can I do to sort this out?
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In Common Priesthood, what will be our sacrifice?

In Catholicism, we believe every baptized Christian participates in the common priesthood (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1547). A priest offers sacrifice to God. In that case what will be the ...
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Do Baptists consider immersion baptisms of adults performed to be valid if performed by other denominations?

Baptists are often distinguished by their belief in "believer's baptism" (i.e. that an adult must believe the tenets of faith in order to be baptized) and rejecting infant baptism (a.k.a. paedobaptism)...
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What were the godparent requirements back in the 1960s?

My mother was baptised in the Catholic Church in the 1960s. I received information that her godfather (her uncle on her father's side) might not have been Catholic but rather Anglican. Could an ...
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Does Christianity allow for believing on someone else's behalf?

In 1 Corinthians 7, verse 14 (ESV) we can read: 14 For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your ...
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Scriptural basis for a Christian Congregation to vow to “guide and nurture” an infant being baptized

My children were baptized in a Presbyterian church, using a Baptismal Liturgy from the PC(USA) Book of Order. I had some difficulty explaining the Biblical basis of the liturgy to a relative, ...
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Can a baby's baptism be nullified and redone the proper way, according to Catholic Canon Law?

If a baby is baptized by one of his parents, without the knowledge of the other parent, is there any way for the baptism to be nullified? If the parent who took the child for baptism had malicious ...
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Do any church fathers interpret Luke 18:17 as teaching the necessity of infant baptism?

Luke 18:15-17 (DRB) And they brought unto him also infants, that he might touch them. Which when the disciples saw, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus, calling them together, said: Suffer children to ...
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How and when was the belief that a baptism late in life increases our chances of being saved determined to be false?

The venerable fathers of the Church Sts. Gregory the Theologian, Basil the Great, John Chrysostom and Jerome all seem to have accepted baptism late in their lives on the premise that it would improve ...
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What is the purpose of praying over the water at an Church of England baptism?

The Church if England baptism liturgy in 'Common Worship' includes a 'prayer over the water'. There is a choice of two prayers, here: Prayer over the Water . Catholic Anglicans seem to readily ...
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Can a divorced aunt be a Catholic Godparent?

I was married in the Catholic Church but I am divorced now. I did not get a annulment. The priest said I could not be a godmother, but I have my doubts. Am I able to be a godmother at the baptism of ...
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What kind of baptism do the Anglican's practice?

I came across By April the group was in danger of a split. Taylor admitted his folly in rebaptizing Anglicans and never again swerved from a true interdenominational position. in James Hudson ...
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Why is the ritual of baptism needed?

Why is the ritual of baptism needed (by "ritual of baptism" here I mean the physical act of being immersed in or sprinkled with water)? Why just acts of prayer and oral confession not enough? I am ...
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What is the will of the (Catholic) Church when she baptizes?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that, in an emergency, any person with the right intention can baptize. And “the intention required is to will to do what the Church does when she baptizes.” (...
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Was there baptism in the Old Testament? [duplicate]

In my Bible I discovered that the word “baptism” is not present in the Old Testament. Was there a ceremony or practice that represented baptism before John the Baptist?
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What evidence is there that the thief on the cross was not baptized?

In Luke chapter 23, there is an interaction between Jesus and two thieves on the cross. One of the thieves mocks the Savior, telling him to save himself. The other thief rebukes the first, and ...
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Concerning the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Why do the American and Canadian Rites of Initiation differ in numbering and in the way that the rites are sometimes celebrated?
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What was the Jewish understanding of baptism?

Considering the message of John the Baptist and the Jewish leaders reaction to it, what was the existing Jewish thought about Baptism? Who needed to be baptized and when?
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Was there a period in the history when all who believed in Christ allowed infant baptism?

Martin Luther lived from 1483 – 1546 and John Calvin from 1509 – 1564. Both thse men wrote about the importance of infant baptism which can be read in The Large Catechism by Martin Luther & ...
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Acts 8:35-36 and Baptism being Part of the Gospel

Acts 8:34-36 (DRB) And the eunuch answering Philip, said: I beseech thee, of whom doth the prophet speak this? of himself, or of some other man? 35 Then Philip, opening his mouth, and beginning at ...
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In Catholicism, does baptism against the will of a dying, unaware person result in baptismal regeneration?

Suppose that a hostile unbeliever meets a Catholic priest. The unbeliever is a blasphemer and firmly stated that he never wants to become a Christian. However later that day, he is dying and non ...
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If a person undergoes an emergency baptism, then recovers, do they need a “non-emergency” baptism?

If a person receives an emergency baptism, but then recovers from that danger, is that considered valid for the rest of their life? Or would they be expected to undergo a "non-emergency" baptism in ...
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Did the authors of the Westminster Standards accept Roman Catholic baptisms as valid?

In the original version of the Westminster Standards, a highly regarded Protestant doctrinal statement, there's a line that is particularly famous: There is no other head of the Church but the Lord ...
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When was infant baptism rejected in the development of Pentecostalism?

Pentecostalism arose out of the Holiness movement, a movement which itself arose out of Wesleyanism/Methodism. But while Wesleyans and Methodists are generally infant baptists, most Pentecostals are ...

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