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Why do you have to be baptised?

I guess my question is why is it something that is done? What is the actual meaning behind it?


Asked by Anonymous at 4:54 PM on Mar. 9, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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Answers (13)
  • some very serious religious types believe that you are born with sin on your heart already(which i don't get) and being baptised washes it away, and if you were to die without being baptised you wouldn't go to heaven.(crazy huh). However in my church, it's like becoming a member, like anon said it's symbolic. Everyone believes in different things. Those are the two I can tell you about.

    Answer by Rachel24517 at 8:20 PM on Mar. 9, 2009

  • You dont have to be baptized. Baptisim is a symbolic event like putting on a wedding ring when you get married. All you need to go to heaven is to accept Christ as your Savior.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:57 PM on Mar. 9, 2009

  • HUGE DEBATE QUESTION..I hope your ready for it.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:03 PM on Mar. 9, 2009


    Answer by hannahwill at 5:26 PM on Mar. 9, 2009

  • Well in the bible it say to be saved you ,expect the heavanly father in your heart ask him forgiviness for all your sins, You have been reborn, Now its is what the lord wants us to do is to be baptised a symbolic way in saying your not going back to your old ways. That you live for Jesus Christ! That is the best of my knowledge

    Answer by ytapia at 5:29 PM on Mar. 9, 2009

  • Who said you HAD to be baptised?

    Being baptised is symbolic.

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 6:03 PM on Mar. 9, 2009

  • Acts 22:16: " And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord 1 Corinthians 12:13: "For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit." Acts 2:38: "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.Acts 19:4-7: "Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied."

    Answer by hinson7169 at 6:18 PM on Mar. 9, 2009

  • cont...
    Acts 10:44-48: "While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord." Matthew 28:19: "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost."
    Titus 3:5: "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost." The "washing of regeneration" here appears to refer to baptism.

    Answer by hinson7169 at 6:19 PM on Mar. 9, 2009

  • after you are saved, born again, accepte Christ as your Savior... a person is water baptized as a symbol of the death burial and resurrection of Christ. If you don't get baptized or have a chance to be baptized, you're still a Christian and going to heaven... you just didn't get baptized.

    I put water baptized just to differentiate between that and being baptized in the Holy Spirit (whole different subject).


    Answer by bonn777 at 7:04 PM on Mar. 9, 2009

  • You don't have to. But in our church it is about openly saying that you are committed and loyal to GOD. It is not necessary if it's not something you want to do. It is simply between you and GOD.

    Answer by jenettyshome at 7:10 PM on Mar. 9, 2009