A sense of history gives everything an importance, baptism has been part of Christianity since the earliest days of the church. It has its roots in the old Jewish Religion. A sense of tradition gives authority and consistency to the Christian method. Baptism for Christians began with John the Baptist. Mark's Gospel begins with telling the story of John the Baptist.
'And so John came. He baptised people in the desert. He also preached that people should be baptised and turn away from their sins. Then God would forgive them.' (Mark 1:4-5)
Salvation and forgiveness
This quote underlines the main feature and theme running throughout our Christian Baptisms in our world today. Turning away from sin and a new beginning is the central feature in any Christian Baptism today.
'It is a public sign that they have turned away from their old selfish lives and are making a new start' (St. Mark's Gospel)- Gedde's and Griffth's
Baptism is so important, because it offers salvation and forgiveness.
'Baptism is necessary for salvation. It causes remediation of original and actual sin.' (Hexham Diocese)
Water is a powerful symbol within today's Christian faith for the cleansing and forgiveness of sins. It is a highly significant feature within the ceremonies of Infant and Believer's Baptism. Jesus himself was immersed in the river...