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Questions tagged [baptism]

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

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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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Can a non-Catholic receive Baptism (to formally marry a Catholic), without converting to the Catholic faith?

I am a practicing Catholic who wishes to marry my Buddhist girlfriend. For the marriage to be a valid sacrament in the eyes of the Church, she must be baptized as a Catholic - something she would be ...
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Do baptists believe baptism did not pre-date Jesus Christ?

Reading "Why Baptism As Symbol And Not A Saving Ordinance" by J. B. Moody, D. D. (First Baptist Church), he made the following statement: If we are saved now as men were saved in the olden times, ...
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How do Protestants justify the baptism of infants? [duplicate]

As far as I can determine, this subject has only been covered in respect of discipleship and in respect of the justification of adult baptism. It may be dealt with elsewhere and I may have, ...
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Are mainline Protestants our Brothers in Christ by virtue of the Trinitarian Baptism? [Catholic] [duplicate]

If I am not mistaken, water baptism is one of the 7 sacraments and it can be performed by laymen and must not necessarily involve clergy. In such a case, since Protestants have no apostolic succession ...
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Has the term “born again” always been synonymous with baptism with the Christians of the Early Church?

Has the term "born again" always been synonymous with baptism with the Christians of the Early Church? St. Irenaeus (202) wrote the following in 185, which many claim it refers to infant baptism: ...
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What is the earliest explicit mention of infant baptism?

The Bible describes several adults being baptized (notably Jesus and the Ethiopian eunuch that Phillip baptized). And while it mentions many others being baptized, it doesn't explicitly mention ...
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Can Catholics serve as godparents at an Anglican infant's baptism?

My wife and I (both Catholic) have been asked to serve as godparents at our niece's baptism. The child's parents are fully aware of our strong commitment to the Catholic faith. I've received ...
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What constitutes a “serious” crime for the purpose of LDS baptism preparation?

According to Preach My Gospel, the official LDS (Mormon) missionary guide, missionaries are supposed to ask potential converts Have you ever committed a serious crime? If so, are you now on ...
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Why did Jesus get baptized? [duplicate]

I have always been taught that Jesus got baptized as an example for us. If people were getting baptized before Jesus did, then why did he need to make that an example if people were already being ...
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What is achieved by baptism in Eastern Orthodoxy (compared with Catholicism)

In Catholicism, a big part of baptism is the idea that it washes away original sin. As I understand things Eastern Orthodoxy denies original sin, so I'm wondering what the significance of baptism is ...
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Why were Anabaptists called Anabaptists?

Anabaptism, according to the OED, means "a second baptism, re-baptism", but the answer to this question says that Anabaptists only baptize once. Why were Anabaptists called Anabaptists, then?
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What was the basis for saying that 11th-century Greek churches were “rebaptizing” Latins?

In the run-up to the fateful excommunications of 1054, accusatory letters were exchanged between the Patriarch of Constantinople, Michael Cerularius, and Pope Leo IX. Each had issues with the other's ...
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What do Seventh Day Adventists believe about baptism?

What are the Adventist's beliefs about the role of the Holy Spirit in baptism?
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If baptism cleanses original sin then why do the children of baptised parents still need to be baptised?

Why do the children of the parents who were baptized need to be baptized? The parent's original sin was removed by their baptism so they shouldn't be passing it down anymore. Or how does it work? Is ...
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Which non LDS Christian denominations believe in baptism after death?

The LDS Church believes that it is possible for individuals to be baptized after death (in particular, their descendants can be baptized on their behalf, and if they accept the covenant of baptism ...
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In Catholicism, does the efficacy of the sacrament depend on the intention of the priest?

In an essay by Gordon Clark, no friend of Roman Catholicism, I was surprised to read his contention that in Catholicism, the efficacy of the sacrament depends on the intention of the priest. As part ...
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Are there involuntary Catholics?

I was just reading this answer which stated that a person could be Catholic without having gone through confirmation: Catholics recommend that this is done to infants. 1 If that is the case, that a ...
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Catholic restricted from Communion

(Note: This is in Holland) A Catholic Charismatic woman desired to have her baptism blessed by immersion in water (she had been baptized as a child in the Catholic church). She presumed that it was ...
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Catholic baptized in another church [closed]

A catholic wanted to have her baptism blessed under full water method. The Church is not familiar with this , so she had a evangelical church do it. So, her local Catholic priest forbid her from ...
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Sponsors of converts to Catholicism

A conversion presumably severs the spiritual ties with one's baptismal godparents. I am reading about a convert from Russian Orthodoxy to Roman Catholicism, who apparently converted around age 20 and ...
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Converting from Russian Orthodox to Roman Catholic in 1820

José Bolcof, a Russian man baptized in the Orthodox church, arrived in Spanish California and wished to adopt the Catholic faith. Mariano Payeras O.F.M., father-president of the Franciscan ...
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How can an atheist or Jew Baptize? [closed]

It's my understanding that a Jew or even an atheist can perform a baptism if they use the proper form and matter, with the correct disposition, which is, to do what the Church intends. How can an ...
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What is the difference between Baptism of Jesus and Baptism of others? [closed]

What is the difference between Baptism of Jesus and Baptism of others? For others it was for repentance of sins. Matthew 3:5-6 NIV 5 People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the ...
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Is punishment for sins forgiven by baptism? (Catholic perspective)

After reading this question there is a notion that after the baptism of an adult person all sins are forgiven even all the punishments. In the sacrament of penance, our sins are also forgiven but not ...
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Baptism in the Spirit

I'm trying to find a certain sermon of Martyn Lloyd Jones. It contains a passage which is often quoted, but I'd like to find out in which sermon (or volume of sermons published by Banner of Truth) ...
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Can I be baptized as a non-Catholic Christian if I was baptized as a Catholic when I was little?

I was baptized as a Catholic at a young age, however have never attended a Catholic church or mass, or otherwise practiced Catholicism. Instead, I now am a non-Catholic Christian. Would other ...
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What, exactly, happened to the good thief on the cross, and why? (Catholic perspective)

Jesus says to the thief on the cross "today you will be with me in paradise" (Luke 23:43). What does this mean? Did the thief go straight to heaven when he died? Did he get to skip purgatory? If so, ...