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Old 05-05-2008, 08:38 AM
 
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I believe baptism was performed in the 1st century, via immersion. Believe and be baptized was the call and thousands did. However, the saving grace and the forgiveness of sins comes through the spirit via Jesus. Jesus (God) is the only one who can forgive sins through a clensing of our spirit. Water batpism does not have saving or forgiving power since the resurrection of Christ.

I then said "for arguments sake" ... meaning this: If the RCC believes baptism is for the forgiveness of sin, as stated in the Creed, then shouldn't they follow the NT mold and baptize by immersion and only after one confesses their belief in Christ? That's how the apostles did it. It was just an observation on my part that the Creed says one thing, yet the RCC does another. That is all.

But seeing as I don't believe one receives foregiveness via baptism, it's a moot issue for me how the RCC baptizes. That's what I meant. Hope it's clearer.
Many Catholic churches are now installing baptismal pools for total immersion, although we do not believe it is mandatory.
I think our biggest difference would be our belief in infant baptism.
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Old 05-05-2008, 12:10 PM
 
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Many Catholic churches are now installing baptismal pools for total immersion, although we do not believe it is mandatory.
I think our biggest difference would be our belief in infant baptism.
My last four children where all baptised my immersion in the RCC that I attend. During the Easter Vigil all participants are immersed; Adults and infants alike. During baptismal prep, parents are incouraged in immerse their children, but very few ever take that option (I can't imagine why). I would also descripe our 'sprinkling" as more of a "pouring".
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