Bad Baptism Essay

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Jesus was baptized and symbolizes the Holy Spirit. In the Old Testament, Genesis 6: 17-18, God sends a flood to redo life on earth. All creatures are loaded on to an ark for forty days and forty nights.

In the early days of the Church, you were fully immersed in water for Baptism. Baptism has many names such as "first sacrament", the "door of the sacraments", and the "door of the Church". St. John the Baptist baptized many people in the Jordan River. He also baptized Jesus.

During the Renaissance Greek and Roman theory and philosophy spread through all of Europe. During the Renaissance cities were where the people settled. Also during the Renaissance the Protestant Reformation occurred. Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Ulrich Zwingli were the leaders. Martin Luther posted a list of ninety-five changes that should be done in the church. The church did not make all those changes in the Council of Trent. The pope called The Council of Trent to make changes in the church. The Council of Trent made many significant changes.

After Vatican II the church made drastic changes. The Eucharist could now be served in your hands, the mass would now be said in English, and now anyone can be a Eucharistic Minister. Another change is that music could now be played during the Mass and also ladies do not have to wear hats.

In Baptism there are many signs and symbols. One is the water that the priest baptizes you with. It cleanses you of your original sin that you were born with. The chrism or holy perfume symbolizes consecration of life to Christ. The candle that the priest lights stands for you being the light of the world. It also stands for the ever-burning love that God has for us.