What Is The Difference Between Baptism,and Christening?


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Evelyn Weaver Profile
Evelyn Weaver answered
You have some pretty cool answers to your question here as I read them, its really simple though, baptizeing is being fully emersed under the water and the other is just sprinkles of water dribbled over your head, our religion believes in going to the river and baptizeing...just like Jesus was.
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martha answered
Baptism is being immersed under water, a result of making a profession of faith in Jesus.  It is an act of obedience to Christ, but does not save in itself.  Christening is a sprinkling of a young child or infant and some denominations consider this an act to salvation.  But it does NOT save.  A young child or baby can NOT make the decision to choose Jesus or not.  So it basically is just a ritual or tradition.  A person needs to be old enough to be able to decide whether or not to follow Christ.
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martha commented
the Bible does not say one must be baptized to enter Heaven- what about the thief on the cross? I doubt if he was taken down, baptized then- re crucified. the Bible mentions being baptized with fire and water- all meaning cleansing and new birth.
David commented
And when the child is old enough they make there own commitment through confirmation. Or they dont.
martha commented
I have never seen a line of babies at a church door begging to get baptized! :) Seriously, a child must be old enough to be able to understand, as well as they can at that age, what they are doing.
But it is not baptism that saves, only faith in Jesus. Baptism is a symbol of the new life Christ gives.
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Denis Taylor answered
Per the thief on the cross....there are times when you can apparently enter Heaven under special circumstances. For instance, if you were perhaps living in a third world or remote country and/or had never been exposed to Jesus whatsoever...you would not be held accountable for not receiving sacraments, living a Christian life, etc. I don't remember if we do know the thief's background, but this could be one of those circumstances...where he really had no knowledge of Christ and was forgiven of his sins directly by Christ.  If you have been sufficiently exposed to Jesus and have had the reasonable chance to be baptized, and lead a good life, however, the Catholic belief is that you would be held accountable for not doing so.
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Denis Taylor
Denis Taylor commented
Here's a little more on baptism. There are some special circumstances, but also notice the words of Martin Luther later in this excerpt: Christians have always interpreted the Bible literally when it declares, "Baptism . . . now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a clear conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 3:21; cf. Acts 2:38, 22:16, Rom. 6:3–4, Col. 2:11–12).

Thus the early Church Fathers wrote in the Nicene Creed (A.D. 381), "We believe in one baptism for the forgiveness of sins."

And the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: "The Lord himself affirms that baptism is necessary for salvation [John 3:5]. . . . Baptism is necessary for salvation for those to whom the Gospel has been proclaimed and who have had the possibility of asking for this sacrament [Mark 16:16]" (CCC 1257).

The Christian belief that baptism is necessary for salvation is so unshakable that even the Protestant Martin Luther affirmed the necessity of baptism. He wrote: "Baptism is no human plaything but is instituted by God himself. Moreover, it is solemnly and strictly commanded that we must be baptized or we shall not be saved. We are not to regard it as an indifferent matter, then, like putting on a new red coat. It is of the greatest importance that we regard baptism as excellent, glorious, and exalted" (Large Catechism 4:6).

Yet Christians have also always realized that the necessity of water baptism is a normative rather than an absolute necessity. There are exceptions to water baptism: It is possible to be saved through "baptism of blood," martyrdom for Christ, or through "baptism of desire", that is, an explicit or even implicit desire for baptism.

Thus the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: "Those who die for the faith, those who are catechumens, and all those who, without knowing of the Church but acting under the inspiration of grace, seek God sincerely and strive to fulfill his will, are saved even if they have not been baptized" (CCC 1281; the salvation of unbaptized infants is also possible under this system; cf. CCC 1260–1, 1283).
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Anonymous answered
Actually, there is a lot of confusion here.  Baptism is the act of using water as a sign of salvation for ANY person (infant, child, or adult).  The amount of water is completely irrelevant; baptism can be done by pouring, sprinkling, or immersion.  All three forms are valid baptisms, and all three are called BAPTISM regardless of the age of the one being baptized.

CHRISTENING, on the other hand, is a totally separate issue.  It is the short naming ceremony that follows infant baptism in the Roman Catholic Church.  Most Protestant churches do not christen; either they baptize infants or they have infant dedication ceremonies (which are NOT christenings).  It is always safest to use the term "baptism" in sacramental churches or "infant dedication" in non-sacramental ones.  In general, stay away from the term "christening".
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Ri Tam answered
Well, there is a big difference. In Scripture, How was Jesus Baptized? How was the Eunuch baptized? How did John the Baptist baptize? They were all immersed. If you look to scripture to find your answers, you will not go wrong. No where in scripture do you find the use of Christening.
What Baptism does show is that someone has made a profession of Faith in Jesus Christ and it represents us dying like Jesus did and being raised like Jesus was to a new life in Christ. I know the great reference is found in Matthew 28:16-20, the great commission.
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Anonymous answered
Well christening is just having water on your head and baptism is putting all your parts in a pool

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