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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