a Christian sacrament signifying spiritual cleansing and rebirth
"most churches baptize infants but some insist on adult baptism"
The Bible Baptist Christian personal ordinance in which one is submerged in water.
The Christian sacrament in which one is anointed with or submerged in water and sometimes given a name.
A similar ceremony of initiation, purification or naming.
the act of baptizing; the application of water to a person, as a sacrament or religious ceremony, by which he is initiated into the visible church of Christ. This is performed by immersion, sprinkling, or pouring
Baptism is a Christian rite of admission, almost invariably with the use of water, into the Christian Church generally and also a particular church tradition. Baptism has been called a sacrament and an ordinance of Jesus Christ. In some traditions, baptism is also called christening, but for others the word "christening" is reserved for the baptism of infants. The New Testament reports that Jesus was baptized. The usual form of baptism among the earliest Christians was for the naked candidate to be immersed totally or partially. While John the Baptist's use of a deep river for his baptism suggests immersion, pictorial and archaeological evidence of Christian baptism from the 3rd century onward indicates that a normal form was to have the candidate stand in water while water was poured over the upper body. Other common forms of baptism now in use include pouring water three times on the forehead. Martyrdom was identified early in Church history as "baptism by blood", enabling martyrs who had not been baptized by water to be saved. Later, the Catholic Church identified a baptism of desire, by which those preparing for baptism who die before actually receiving the sacrament are considered saved. As evidenced also in the common Christian practice of infant baptism, baptism was universally seen by Christians as in some sense necessary for salvation, until Huldrych Zwingli in the 16th century denied its necessity.
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The numerical value of Baptism in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of Baptism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I am the slave of my baptism. Parents, you have caused my misfortune, and you have caused your own.
It's his baptism of fire and it's also his 21st birthday, he literally comes of age and in all these dozens of senses he comes of age as well.
When I held you in my arms at your baptism, I wanted it to be a fresh start, for you to be more complete than we had ever been ourselves, but I wonder if we expected too much.
A funeral is not death, any more than baptism is birth or marriage union. All three are the clumsy devices, coming now too late, now too early, by which Society would register the quick motions of man.
Children can explore what their call to faith is through religious education, after baptism, parents are the child’s first teacher, but CCD or enrollment in Catholic school continues that in such a meaningful way.
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Translations for Baptism
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- baptismeCatalan, Valencian
- Mündigentaufe, Kleinkindstaufe, Gläubigentaufe, Säuglingstaufe, Kindertaufe, Erwachsenentaufe, TaufeGerman
- βάπτισμα, βαφτίσιαGreek
- bautismo, bautizoSpanish
- غسل تعمیدPersian
- baistScottish Gaelic
- կնունք, մկրտությունArmenian
- DafLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- batismo, baptismoPortuguese
- бапти́зм, креще́ниеRussian
- krštenje, krst, крст, крштењеSerbo-Croatian
- rữa tộiVietnamese
- daülanibluned, ciliblunedVolapük
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