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When Christianity began it was one religion with one denomination Now it has grown into one of the main world religions with many different denominations Over the years as one church split from another and opposition became common the beliefs began to change though the core has still remained Fifteen of the most common Christian denominations follow with their similarities and differences exposed In all Christian churches certain rituals are present However what they are called and how many are recognized tends to vary Both ROMAN and ORTHODOX CATHOLICS recognize seven sacraments EPISCOPALIANS and LUTHERANS accept only two sacraments officially Baptism and Holy Communion but they recognize the other five Catholic sacraments as special graces Both the PRESBYTERIAN and REFORMED churches strictly accept Baptism and Holy Communion as the only sacraments Methodists Nazarenes Wesleyans and Adventisit and members of the CHURCH OF CHRIST FULL GOSPEL CHURCH ASSEMBLY OF GOD and UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH also accept only Baptism and Holy Communion but refer to them as ordinances not sacraments BAPTISTS also believe in these two ordinances and they very strongly resist the use of the term sacrament Though all the Christian denominations practice Baptism they disagree on when they should do so ROMAN CATHOLIC EPISCOPALIAN LUTHERAN PRESBYTERIAN REFORMED and METHODIST churches baptize both infants and adult converts Baptism is prior to Confirmation which typically occurs between the ages of 12 and 16 In the REFORMED CHURCH Confirmation is optional and very flexible The ORTHODOX CATHOLICS NAZARENES WESLEYANS BAPTISTS ADVENTISTS and members of the CHURCH OF CHRIST FULL GOSPEL CHURCH ASSEMBLY OF GOD and UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH believe in Baptism of believers only who have made a personal confession of faith Both EPISCOPALIANS and members of the UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH believe that baptism indicates a finalization to the salvation process In Baptisms there are several different modes that may be used prinkling pouring and immersion ROMAN CATHOLICS normally baptize by pouring
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