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Baptism: Who, What, Where, When and Why Ver. 1.0.2
The Philosopher
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4/13/2015

Introduction

Baptism has become an institutionalized tradition and often a requirement for church membership. Where did this tradition originate, and what type of baptism has resulted? Baptism is easily traceable back as far as John the Baptist, who was baptizing in the Jordan River for repentance of sins.i John said that he was “baptizing us with water, but the one to come would baptize us in the Holy Spiritii.”

When the Holy Spirit – the Personal Counselor of Jesus – was sent to earth at the Festival of First Fruits, a.k.a. the Pentecost Festival, Peter associated the coming of this Holy Spirit with the old Jewish traditions when he stated, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”iii Thus Peter was taking a patch of new cloth and using it to repair a tear in an old cloth. And Peter was taking new wine and pouring it into an old wineskiniv, the Jewish tradition. In effect, Peter was taking a “New Paradigm” and using it to update the “Existing Paradigm” – the Jewish tradition.

The Apostles and disciples of Jesus were baptizing new converts to “The Way” by immersing them in water, just as John the Baptist did. As the church gained favor in Rome and the Emperor Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire in the fourth century, baptism was seen as the gateway to Heaven. Mothers, of course, cared about all of their children and infant mortality was common. The mothers wanted their children to go to Heaven should they die, thus the institution and tradition of baptizing infants was born. This created a conflict with the Anabaptist (Rebaptizers) who were baptizing adult belier converts. As a result many “Anabaptists lost their heads or were burned at the stake for heresy.v

Investigators

There are two types of investigators; the first looks at the details and puts together an overall holistic view of the issue built upon the details; the second is a holistic investigator as he sees the overall view and the details are filled in later. Detailed investigators looked at the Greek, Latin, Hebrew and Aramaic original writing and translated them into English. Thus was the origin of the King James Bible completed in 1611 after two earlier English Bibles: The first was the Great Bible commissioned in the reign of King Henry VIII (1535), and the second was the Bishops’ Bible of 1568.vi

A Condensed History of the English Bible

Anne Boleyn is credited with bringing Protestantism to fruition in England. “Following the coronation of her daughter Elizabeth as queen, Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII, was venerated as a martyr and heroine of the English Reformation.”vii It was Anne Boleyn that had the ear of King Henry VIII and convinced him to leave the Catholic Church in Rome and join the Protestant movement in England, which would pave the way for her to become Queen of England. It was Henry VIII that ordered the writing of the Bible in English.

The Development of Baptism

During the translation of the Greek Bible into English, the translators had disagreements on the meaning of Baptism and whether it was a sprinkling, a pouring or a dunking in water and whether it was for infants or adult believers. Different fractions of the church resulted from these disagreements. These were the detailed investigators attempting to create a holistic concept from the details, much like Sherlock Holmes would have done.

There are several references to baptism in the New Testament Bible: the Baptism of Johnviii and Jesus commanding his followers to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.ix And after his resurrection, Jesus said, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit”.x

The Holistic investigator sees the whole view all at once; baptism is an immersion process. John immersed the repentant in water. Jesus wanted his followers to immerse the nations of the world in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Immersion in the latter case is teaching the world of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Baptism has become an impediment to Christianity. Baptism has become a demonstration of one’s commitment to Christ. Are we committed to Christ or is Christ committed to us? It is Baptism and the worship of Jesus that is the religious basis of the church. Without these traditions, we would have a different church organization, one in which The Personal Counselor was leading individuals with His constant guidance. It was not Jesus’s idea that He should be worshiped; it was the idea of his followers. It was not Jesus who instituted the tradition of baptism in water; it was his followers. The existing paradigm (the Jewish religion) was not entirely replaced by the new paradigm that Jesus brought with him. What Jesus wanted was for us to receive his “Holy Spirit” – the Personal Counselor that he promised he would send to us and did send to us.xi Anyone who receives His Personal Counselor can immerse others in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. “The Spirit will tell you where to go and what to say.xii” This was Jesus’s plan to save all the nations on earth, with each and every one of us to be guided by His Personal Counselor.

Religion or Science and Philosophy

If the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not religion, than what is it? Given the close relationship and interactions with His Personal Counselor, His Gospel looks more like “Mind Science” – something of which we, at this time in the 21st century, know very little.

QED

References:
i Mark 1: 4-5
ii Mark 1: 7
iii Acts 2: 38
iv Mark 2: 21,22
v https://anewparadigminchristianthinking.wordpress.com/tag/amish/
vi http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_James_Version
vii http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Boleyn
viii Ibid i
ix Matthew 28:19
x Acts 1:4,5
xi John 14: 16, 26;John 15: 26; John 16:7, 13-15; Acts 1:8
xii Luke 12: 12 ; 21:15; Matthew 10:19-20; Acts 8:29; 11:12; 13:2

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The Evolution of the Christian Church Part II Ver. 1.0.2

‘The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter’, Retired
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January 9, 2015

Authority on Earth
Churches, for the most part, want a Lead Pastor, Priest, Bishop, Pope or whatever name they give this positon of authority in the church. The Savior, a.k.a. Jesus, never mentioned a “High Priest,” or even a Priest, Pastor or Pope for his Church. Where did this authoritative position originate? Though recent experiences, I think I have an insight to where the Church became an authoritative organization.
The authority of the church had humble beginnings. This is how I came upon this insight; there is a huge pecan tree right next to the fence between our property and the neighbor’s property on the neighbor’s side of the fence, giving him control of the tree’s destiny. This tree provided us with shade when the sun was low in the summer sky and it provided us with pecan nuts in season, when we could beat the squirrels to the nuts. The current tenant got the idea that the limbs of the tree were outgrowing the trunk of the tree and therefore, the limbs needed to be trimmed. I explained to him that God did not make trees whose limbs outgrew their trunk, to no avail. He convinced the landowner to trim the tree.
The landowner informed me of his intentions and I explained that we really appreciated the shade his tree provided for us, and were only concerned of the bird dropping on my truck. The issue with professional tree trimmers is that the more limbs they cut the more they get paid. All of the lower branches that were giving us shade were removed by the tree trimmer. Our solution was to install a sun shade across our driveway, as our garage is located at the back of our property. This sun shade would replace the shade we had lost due to the tree trimming. The new sun shade covered the driveway from our house to the hedge, separating us from the neighbors and providing shade for us and our vehicles from the hot summer sun. But, in addition to the hot summer sun, we also get wind storms off the Pacific Ocean and we suffered some wind damage to the sun shade material that was holding the grommets that attached the sun shade to its anchors.
I contacted the manufacturer for a solution and they sent me some heavy batten material to reinforce the grommets on the sun shade. The only way to sew these types of heavy material is with a “sewing awl,” an ancient tool used to repair sails and other heavy fabric in the field. Surly the Apostle Paul used a similar sewing awl to sew his tents together as he was earning his living making tents. I added one foot of this “batten material” over one of the torn grommet holes. The sewing awl uses a waxed string as a thread that is stored in the handle and fed to a very strong needle. The material is pierced with the needle and a length of string pulled out through the needle to accommodate the length of the stitching. The sewing awl is than retracted slightly to form a loop in the string, then the length of string is fed through the loop and the string and sewing awl retracted to form a “lock stitch.” This process is repeated stitch by stitch until the length of seam is complete and the end tied off to secure the stitching. After stitching a one-foot seam, I was ready for a long break after which I finished the other side of the batten for a total of two feet of stitching. I called it a day, after actually only a couple hours of work. While on break in my easy chair with my feet up and eyes closed, I put into use my skill of “Autonomy and Reflection,” a skill I believe the Apostle Paul introduced to the world not only at the beginning of his mission, but during this mindless sewing activity which gave him plenty of time for “Autonomous Reflection.” If Paul, as a “Tent Maker,” was using this sewing awl every day, day after day all day long, I would imagine he would be highly motivated to have the churches he was planting support his missionary work, which the churches did. Thus were the beginnings of the compensated authority of the church. The hierarchy of the church would follow as leading a church or performing mission services was now a compensated profession.
The Church was Gaining Political Authority in Rome
The Christians wanted their children to be able to read the literature that was circulating about this new Christian Religion so they taught their children how to read. Because the Christians were literate, they were often chosen for political positions in the Roman Empire.i In the latter half of the fourth century, 380 A.D., the Roman Emperor Constantine made the Christian Religion the state church of the Roman Empire declared by edict.ii The political power of the Christians continued to increase. It is my guess that mothers, who care greatly about the future of their children, combined with the growing belief that “Baptism” was the gateway to heaven, wanted their children to go to heaven if they should “pass-on” before adulthood, when the believers’ Baptism was performed. This infant Baptism became an established tradition to make sure that children would go to heaven if they should die young (this belief is still present in the 21st century in some churches). There were still groups of small churches that practiced “Believers Baptism.” These groups were giving the label of Anabaptists (rebaptizers); this was not a compliment, but designated these people as subject to the cancellation of their permit to live on this planet. The label dehumanized them, much like the label “terrorist” in the early 21st century, or a Geek or a Con or a Wap or Jerry in the 20th century, and were hunted down by the Christian Church that had obtained complete political power over its subjects and could make life and death decisions about their people. The heads of the Anabaptists (rebaptizers) were often placed on poles to show what happens to people who are rebaptized as a new believer. The Christian Church was now in charge of the religion and the land and was the governing authority.
In Germany there was a group of Anabaptists (Rebaptizers) who were suffering from being convicted of a Capital Crime, Rebaptizing, and were being burned at the stake, as this was the execution for a Capital Crime at this time and place. This group saw a way out of this predicament and came to North America in the 17th century. In the USA they are now known as the Amish and still practice their isolated religion apart for the rest of American society.iii
Psychology and Religion
Carl G. Jung, the father of Analytical Psychology, participated in the Yale Terry Lectures of the 1930s. His topic was Phycology and Religion. His observation was that “differences of opinions” was the most cause of death of people than all of the natural causes including bubonic plague in Europe and earthquakes; these were surpassed by the deaths in WWI and the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. Add to these the number of people killed in WWII, The Korean Conflict, Vietnam Conflict, Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan and now ISIS and ISIL and the number of people killed because of a difference of opinion is enormous.
Message to the Church
I would encourage our church leaders to study and reflect upon Mathew 5:25, or as I remember it as Mathew 5:52 , and see if they can find in the teaching of the Savior, a.k.a. Jesus, “To Negotiate a
Workable Compromise.” The term “workable compromise” was coined in the 20th century, but I am sure this is the object of The Savior’s teaching in this section of the New Testament Bible. The Church should become the role model for negotiating a workable Compromise and show the world how this can be accomplished. Many lives could be saved – more lives than all of the medicines that man has developed against the many epidemics we have experienced – if we only knew how to negotiate a workable compromise. This, however, as with our success at eliminating epidemics, could lead to a world that over-populates the ability of the planet to sustain life. This will be a great challenge for the Church leaders as it has been observed by other commenters that Christians, or more specifically, Church leaders, or those who believe they have been given authority on this earth, tend to develop a “bully” style of communication.
Many of us were taught in our youth to stand up to a bully, and not let them push us around. My son was having difficulty walking to grade school because of a bully. A close friend taught him some Karate moves; one good karate move on this bully and that solved the walking to school problem. Do the Christians or Christian leaders who believe they have been given authority over others on this planet really want to put themselves in the position of being the bully? Or do they want to show the world how to negotiate a workable compromise?
i Film “From Jesus to Christ“ The First Christians, Frontline, PBS
ii http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constantine_the_Great_and_Christianity
iii Film, “American Experience: The Amish”, PBS