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Common Questions About BaptismIf you are a Christian, getting baptized is an important step for your faith. While it isn't a requirement in most denominations, it is something that can signify your faith in God and your commitment to live your life for him. Whether you have been a Christian for most of your life or you have only recently become one, baptism may be something you consider. It may be your first time, or you may have been baptized in the past and would like to be baptized a second time as a recommitment of your faith. Many people who were baptized as babies or children make this choice as it's their decision this time. When choosing whether or not you should get baptized, you may have some questions. Your pastor or another trusted leader in the church would be a great person to refer your questions to. In the meantime, here are some answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding baptism.

When Should I Be Baptized?

Being baptized is an outward commitment to the change you have made in your life. Many people say the act of baptism changes them on the inside. However, this is just a figure of speech, and there is no physical change that comes from being baptized. It's more of a symbolic gesture. Despite this, it's importance should not be underestimated. You should only decide to be baptized if it is something you are truly invested in. While it isn't required for your salvation, it's an important part of the process. The decision should be up to you. Don't let other people make the choice for you, no matter how close they are to you. This includes people like:

  • Your parents
  • Your pastor
  • Your friends

While these people will likely be a huge part of your faith, they cannot decide whether you should be baptized. Don't think of it as part of a checklist that needs to be accomplished. Wait until you are sure you are ready. This may be right after you become a Christian or several years after.

How Do I Know I'm Ready?

As long as you are ready to commit your life to living for Jesus, you are ready to be baptized. It doesn't take much. Remember you do not have to be perfect in order to be a Christian or to be baptized. In fact, there isn't a single person on this earth who is perfect, so don't let that hold you back. You can talk with your pastor or a trusted friend to see whether or not this is the right time for you.

What Does the Process Involve?

You may be unfamiliar with the actual act of baptism. If you haven't been part of a church for long, it may not be something you have seen so far. Most of the time, the pastor will completely immerse you in water momentarily before bringing you back up to the surface. This may sound a bit scary, but you are only under water for a second or two. If you are a bigger person or your pastor isn't particularly strong, he or she may have a second person to help bring you back out of the water.

This isn't the only form of baptism. When babies are baptized (typically in the Catholic religion), they are simply sprinkled or splashed with water.

Baptism itself is a simple act but one with quite a bit of significance. If you haven't been baptized and are ready to give your life to God, it may be the next step for you. Talking with your pastor can help you determine whether or not it's a good time for you, and it can also help you learn more about your church's process.

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