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The Baptist - The Baptist Experience Cathy Bandelow Religions of the World/HUM130 Robin Rabiner One's religious beliefs provide a base for ethics

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The Baptist Experience Cathy Bandelow Religions of the World/HUM130 December 12, 2010 Robin Rabiner
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One’s religious beliefs provide a base for ethics, moral values, and spirituality. One’s religious beliefs are a framework for a way of life for many. A variety of choices of different religions is practiced today such as, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Mormonism. Christianity has several denominations within the religion. Baptists are Christians, who interpret the scriptures differently than Catholics yet, both are a division of Christianity. I am a Catholic and choose to become familiar and experience the beliefs, practices, and traditions of a Baptist church. Baptist is a division of the Protestant religion and is one of the largest Protestant denominations (Religion Facts, 2009). Baptist can be traced in history to the early 17 th century. John Smyth led a group of Separatists to the Netherlands to start the General Baptist Church (Religion Facts, 2009, para 6). The Baptist sought religious freedom from oppression in England. The Baptist religion came to America via the pilgrims. Baptist established themselves within the American colonies in the mid-17 th century (Religion Facts, 2009). Baptists derive their name from baptism. A practice of Baptists is baptism at an age when a person is able to profess their faith in God and claim association with the church. Baptists shun the idea of infant baptism, as an infant is incapable of professing their faith and unable to claim their association with the church. A person is fully immersed in a large baptismal pool. I watched in awe as the pastor led a woman, fully clothed, into the pool and immersed her in the pool of water after she professed her faith. This was a very different concept as I had been baptized as an infant into the Catholic religion and so had my son. Catholics are not fully immersed in water. A combination of oil and water is placed on the forehead of the infant in the sign of the cross. I did take note of additional differences between the Baptist and Catholic religions.
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Baptists believe that baptism does not play a part in salvation. Baptists believe that salvation comes though faith in Christ. Catholics practice sacraments as a way of salvation such as communion, infant baptism, and mass. Mass is receiving the body and blood of Christ by a priest. Baptist believes that Christ is in Heaven and regard mass as blasphemy. They do not believe taking communion will bring salvation. They believe that it is Christ’s atonement for sin on the Cross. “This do in remembrance of me” (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)(suite101 2009). Another belief held strongly by Baptists is that the death of Christ was sufficient to pay for all sins. Catholics believe one can ask for forgiveness of sins at each communion. Purgatory exists in the Catholic religion. Purgatory is between Heaven and Hell. Baptists
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This note was uploaded on 01/19/2011 for the course HUM 130 taught by Professor Georgegreaves during the Fall '09 term at University of Phoenix.

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The Baptist - The Baptist Experience Cathy Bandelow Religions of the World/HUM130 Robin Rabiner One's religious beliefs provide a base for ethics

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