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Baptism Is A Sacred Rite

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1. A. What is baptism?
Baptism is a sacred rite that admits a candidate into the Christian community. Baptism is used by most Christian variants to signify the person’s initiation into the beliefs and practices of the Christian community. Baptism is a purifying ritual generally involving water, and welcomes one into the Christian community. Most Christian variants recognise baptism as necessary for redemption of the soul. Baptism is a ceremonial act undertaken after a person accepts Jesus Christ as his or her Lord and saviour. This is usually done in the presence of the church body as a public proclamation of one’s faith.
B. What is the history behind Baptism?
Jews practised the act of baptism as a traditional act of purification and the initiation of changes to Judaism long before the coming of the Messiah. The origins of baptism might be found in the book of Leviticus where the Levite priests were commanded to perform a symbolic cleansing in water before and after performing their priestly duties. Leviticus 16:4 tells us, “He is to put on the sacred linen tunic, with linen undergarments next to his body; he is to tie the linen sash around him and put on the linen turban. These are sacred garments; so he must bathe himself with water before he puts them on.” Peter pointed out that the water of the flood “symbolizes bap­tism that now saves you” (1 Pet. 3:21).
However the Christians were first introduced to Baptism through John the Baptist, a relative of Christ, in the New
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