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What is the point of confirmation? And how many churches have confirmation?

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:47 PM on Jan. 4, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • When I was Catholic, I was confirmed when I was 13, I think it was.

    Answer by GoodMomma24-7 at 9:52 PM on Jan. 4, 2010

  • The point of confirmation is to bring you fully in the the church if you are catholic not until then are you fully a catholic. It is when you accept the catholic faith fully. I don't know about other religions.

    Answer by truealaskanmom at 9:55 PM on Jan. 4, 2010

  • The sacrament of Confirmation is one way in which God strengthens our souls. Even though Jesus’ disciples received grace before his Resurrection, on Pentecost the Holy Spirit came to strengthen them with new graces for the difficult work ahead. Which is why tongues of fire are often a symbol for confirmation. Then the apostles went out and preached the gospel fearlessly and carried out the mission Christ had given them. Later, they laid hands on others to strengthen them as well (like in Acts 8:14–17). Through confirmation we are strengthened to meet the spiritual challenges in our life.

    Answer by eringobrough at 10:05 PM on Jan. 4, 2010

  • The Lutheran and Episcopalian churches also holds confirmation classes.

    Answer by anng.atlanta at 10:08 PM on Jan. 4, 2010

  • For churches that do infant baptism, like Catholic or Methodist churches, for example, they have Confirmation when a child reaches a mature enough age. This usually happens when the child is about 12 or 13. The way it usually works is that a child goes through classes that teach him/her about the Christian religion in general - the Atonement especially, focusing on Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross - as well as sometimes incorporating a bit of information about the specific denomination. The point of this is to make sure the child fully understands what it means to be a Christian, to follow Christ, and to accept the salvation Christianity claims comes from Him.
    After the Confirmation classes are completed, the child then goes through a ceremony to be Confirmed, which is basically taking on him/herself all of the promises made by his/her parents at his/her baptism, and committing him/herself to Christ and Christianity (cont)

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 10:46 PM on Jan. 4, 2010

  • The child then is usually received as a member of the congregation.

    The whole point, though is to educated the child on how significant committing him/herself to Christ is, to fully understand all that it entails, and to make sure that they go into the decision to do so with a proper grasp of the whole situation. Its supposed to help them not go into it blindly, to understand what they're committing to.

    I hope that makes sense.


    Answer by bandgeek521 at 10:49 PM on Jan. 4, 2010

  • The Presbyterian Church has confirmation classes as well. We do offer infant baptism. Confirmation is the vehicle through which young adults (typically 9th grade) learn about the church history, the specific faith tenets of the denomination, as well as explore other religions. At the end of the year, the potential confirmants decide whether to join the church on their own and in the process reaffirm the vows taken by their parents during baptism. In our church, students write their own statements of faith, meet with our session for a Q&A ( and mentoring) and take the same membership and faith vows taken during acceptance of adult new members and during baptism.

    Answer by ldmrmom at 9:33 AM on Jan. 5, 2010

  • i think only catholic to be married in a catholic church and have the sacraments.

    Answer by lawla at 1:37 PM on Jan. 5, 2010

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