10.3.1 The meaning and importance of the sacrament
The meaning of the sacrament of baptism:
- Baptism comes from a Greek word meaning to dip, bathe or wash. In baptism, the old life is washed away and a new one is entered.
- At baptism a person becomes part of the Christian Church and so the baptised person can be called a christian and is joined in faith with other christians.
- Baptism is the first of the sacraments marking the beginning of the sacramental life which is essential for Catholics.
- In infant baptism the original sin with which the child is born is washed away, leaving the baptised person free of sin.
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10.3.1 The Importance of baptism
- The Catechism teaches that baptism is the basis of christian life and, without it, a person cannot recieve the other sacraments.
- Through baptism, a person becomes a full member of the Church and is helped by the Church to begin a new life in the Holy Spirit and grow in faith.
- Baptism washes away original sin so that the baptised can achieve salvation.
- The catechism says that baptism in necessary for salvation, and without salvation one cannot enter heaven.
To argue against Baptism:
- Holy orders are more important because without priests there can be no sacraments.
- The Mass is more important because it brings Christ into the lives of Catholics every week.
- Recociliation is more important because it forgives the sins you commit after baptism
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