WILDERNESS CRY by Hilary L Hunt MD
As suspected, yesterdays post about the history of baptism, created quite a stir about the origin of baptism and its meaning. There are certain groups of Christians who cannot allow themselves that luxury of historical perspective. However, the pagan origin of Baptism is undeniable. The ‘rub’ came when the Catholic Church declared Baptism a Sacrament, and an essential for admission into heaven. That instantly created another loophole which had to be closed—that being state of limbo for the un-baptized.
I will expose my ignorance here and declare that I do not know exactly how the Fundamentalists Christians came to recognize Baptism as a requirement for salvation. They don’t recognize Sacraments—some accept a few–Episcopalians accept them all—just don’t recognize the Pope. Suffice it to say, the pagan ritual of baptism was adopted by the Jews and was eventually converted to a rite of ‘penitential cleansing’ by making John’s baptism as…
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