The Bible’s answer
Baptism refers to a person’s being submerged in water and coming up out of it. * That explains why Jesus was baptized in a sizable river. (Matthew 3:
The meaning of baptism
The Bible compares baptism to burial. (Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:
Does water baptism wash away sin?
No. The Bible teaches that we can be cleansed from sin only through Jesus’ shed blood. (Romans 5:
What is christening?
The terms “christen” and “christening” do not appear in the Bible. They refer to a ceremony performed by some churches in which an infant is “baptized” (by having water sprinkled or poured on his head) and named.
Does the Bible teach infant baptism?
No, it does not. Christian baptism is for those old enough to understand and believe in “the good news of the Kingdom of God.” (Acts 8:
In addition, the Bible shows that God views the young children of Christians as being holy, or clean in his sight, because of the parents’ faithful course. (1 Corinthians 7:
Misconceptions about Christian baptism
Fact: Jesus was not discussing baptism when he said those words. Instead, he was showing that those who would qualify for the Kingdom of God must be childlike
^ par. 3 The Greek word translated “baptism” comes from a root that means “to dip in.” See the Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, Volume I, page 529.
^ par. 12 According to The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, “no room is found in the N[ew] T[estament] for infant baptism.” It also states that the practice grew out of “a mistaken and exaggerated estimate put upon the value of baptism,” that is, that baptism itself washes away sins.
^ par. 15 Under the heading “Baptism (in the Bible),” the New Catholic Encyclopedia states: “It is evident that baptism in the early Church was by immersion.”—Volume 2, page 59.
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