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Baptism A Comparison of the Biblical Tradition with Modern Denominational Practices One of the main reasons for the different denominations is their core or fundamental difference of belief concerning baptism I hope to show many of the individual beliefs that are held by the different denominations and to go back to the Bible and show what it has to say concerning baptism The point is not to distinguish who is right and who is wrong but to make people think about what they have been taught in their denomination and to compare it to what the Bible has to say on the matter If we go back to the original Greek we find several words used for baptism baptizing and baptized All of these words have their root in the Greek word Bapto meaning to overwhelm ie cover wholly with a fluid The most common Greek word used to describe the act of baptism is This is the word used throughout scripture for baptism If translated directly into the English language its meaning is The process by which a man or object is completely immersed in water and then withdrawn from it again Barth 1948 This is what John the Baptist did he baptized them by immersion in the Jordan River that came to him after they repented of their sins Matthew 3 Mark 1 and Luke 3 Here we have our requirements for baptism as laid out by the Bible 1 You must repent of your sins 2 You must be immersed in water 3 You must come to be baptized not be brought Later in Matthew 2818-20 Jesus adds to these requirements that the believer 4Be baptized by another believer 5Be baptized in the name of the Father Son Holy Spirit According to the scriptures John the son of Zechariah in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar came out of the
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