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The Baptism Debate Essay

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BIBLICAL BAPTISM

Introduction
Baptism, in today’s society, is one of the biggest proponents in sending people to Hell; sadly, much of the false theories taught are being taught by churches today and causing this mass belief that baptism does more than its original intent. One may question how a religious person studying religion can believe churches are wrong about baptism. The thought is proposed because it is true. Churches are continually misleading people as to what baptism is, what it is not, who is eligible for baptism, and how one should be baptized. These are questions that should be answered by churches before one is baptized; however, many churches are not answering this question in hopes of increasing their numbers. The mentioned questions will be answered from a biblical view and not indoctrinated by a specific denomination or theory.

What is Baptism?
What is baptism? There are many people who are baptized and they do not know what they are doing; they only know what their pastor or priest has said about the importance of being baptized. Merriam Webster’s Dictionary defines baptism as follows: “a Christian sacrament marked by ritual use of water and admitting the recipient to the Christian community.” Taking only Merriam Webster’s Dictionary definition of baptism, one would believe that anyone that wanted to participate in a Christian community would simply need to be baptized. However, the Bible does not teach this theory at all.
Baptism, according to Charles Stanley, is the declaration of believing in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. Romans 6:1-5 reads:
What should we say then? Should we continue in sin so that grace may multiply? Absolutely not! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Or are you unaware that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in a new way of life. For if we have been joined with Him in the likeness of His death, we will certainly also be in the likeness of His resurrection. (HCSB)

Romans 6:1-5, states that baptism is to depict the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, just as Charles Stanley stated. The Bible also states that baptism identifies the believer with the body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:13, reads, “For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body- whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free- and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.” (HCSB) Therefore, the Bible proclaims that baptism is to depict the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ and it is to identify believers with the body of Christ. Peter, one of the twelve disciples, also wrote about baptism. 1 Peter 3:21, reads, “Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the pledge of a good conscience toward God) through the resurrection of Jesus...

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