Friday, April 11, 2008

Water Baptism

In Christianity, baptism (from Greek βάπτισμα and βαπτισμός, meaning "immersing", "performing ablution") is the sacramental act of cleansing in water that admits one as a full member of the Church.

Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, and Lutherans, are baptized as infants. Baptists and certain other groups baptize only after a person accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior ("believer's baptism"). Most Christians baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but some baptize in Jesus' name only.

In Matthew, the resurrected Jesus commands his disciples to baptize (Mat 28:19)
The Gospel of John says that Jesus baptized, but adds that "Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples."

The most usual form of baptism among early Christians was for the candidate to stand in water and water to be poured over the upper body. Baptism has traditionally been seen as necessary for salvation. Martyrdom was identified early in church history as baptism by blood, allowing martyrs who had not been baptized by water to be saved. Later, the Church identified baptism by desire, by which, when joined with repentance for their sins, and charity, those preparing for baptism who die before actually receiving the sacrament are considered to be saved.

Our dear Eileen was newly baptised on the 30th March 2008, proclaiming her love for Jesus to the world with such act.

It's probably part of Chee Foo's tradition now to play a little game on the newly baptised. First she has to be blind-folded, then to taste the grainy item on her finger...

Salt of course.

Now that she is baptised, she must also realize that God wants her to be the Salt of the world.

Characteristic of salt: Preserves, Purifies, Heals, Flavors, Melts, Gives Energy, Creates Thirst.


It symbolises, that she is also to be the light of the world and to shine for Jesus.

Characteristics of Light: Illuminates, Promotes Life, Awakens us from sleep, Provides Directions, Is Persistence, Attracts, Solves Problems.


This is for her to know that she is always the apple of God's eye.

Congrats to you Eileen.


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