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Do Catholics Sprinkle

Why does the Catholic Church sprinkles when the Greek work for baptism literally means total immersion (Acts 8:34-39, Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12)? Could they possibly be mistaken about this?

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What flowed from Christ's side at the cross was spiritual/symbolic of what should flow from our hearts...

John 7:38
"He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, 'OUT OF HIS HEART shall flow rivers of living water".

Godliness does not depend on getting wet.

No 'sprinkles' or immersion, or pouring will inspire the indwelling of a Godly spirit/character/behavior.
---more_excellent_way on 7/11/08

Our Catholic church does do full immersion people. But there are some that can not be the sick and old. So pouring water over there head I am sure is quite acceptable.
The most important thing is what Jesus does for us.Matthew 3:11- repent-
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

So it is Jesus. He is the only answer.
I am saved. I am worshiping Jesus Christ , the Father, Son and Holy spirit In my Catholic church. I can worship Him anywhere! praise God.
---Paul on 7/10/08

The only thing sprinkled should be donuts, not Christians.
---Todd1 on 7/8/08

I agree Todd1, but I don't know of any Christian Church that sprinkle during Baptism.

This topic is a waste of time.

Now, if the topic is changed to pouring water instead of immersion, then it would be a good topic to debate.

---Nicole on 7/9/08

The only thing sprinkled should be donuts, not Christians. ,-p

John the Baptist went to a place where there was much water so that he could baptize by immersion (John 3:23).

Also, Philip baptized the Ethiopian eunuch by immersion in Acts 8:36-39.
---Todd1 on 7/8/08

Mima, show me where in the Catechism that states the RCC teaches us to sprinkle water during Baptism.

You know that the RCC doesn't do this. This is what Protestants claim Catholics do.

We pour 3 times in the name of each Person of the Trinity. You can immersion if you wish. But, there isn't any need.

Remember, Peter wanted Jesus to wash his whole body, but Jesus told him that washing his feet is enough and he is clean. John 13 V 10 "Whoever has bathed has no need except to have his feet washed, for he is clean all over, you are clean."
---Nicole on 7/8/08

John baptized with H2O, but we should be baptized with the living water of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5 and 11:16, John chap. 4, John 7:38, Revelation 7:16). This is the water that flowed from Christ's side at the cross and will be POURED out in the last days (Acts 2:17).

The living water is our guarantee (1 Corinthians 1:22, 5:5, Ephesians 1:14). We shall not live by the bread of life alone, but by His spirit also (Matthew 4:4, Luke 4:4) and learn the "depths of God" (1 Corinthians 2:10).

All verses are from the RSV.
---more_excellent_way on 7/8/08

Seriously, what's the point of this? If you are only half immersed the baptism is no good? Who decides that? Does that mean you are only half cleansed of your sins?

Hey! maybe that's why we need purgatory cause we weren't totally immersed? Well, it's a theory.

That's just silly - but I bet you take it seriously.
---grace3869 on 7/7/08

The bible teaches to be baptized by total immersion. I don't know where people get the idea of sprinkling. I also don't know why the last 5 or so questions have been about Catholics? Mima, all these questions are doing is starting arguements between the Catholics and the non-Catholics. We all know what they believe, we may not know why. But the same questions should not repeat themselves because it always ends up in arguements and people will be bitter toward one another.
---Rebecca_D on 10/28/07

Madison1101 - Dissension is something that in the Biblical meaning occurs among brethren, that is those who are in Christ. Scripture does not speak of causing dissension among unbelievers. That is what I was trying to put across.
---Helen_5378 on 4/20/07

Augusta told Bob: "Oh, and lunch at the Pop is on me. ;o"

I'll try to be nice to you too Augusta hoping you'd buy me lunch too!!!!
---Caring on 4/20/07

Thank You Bob Besides being a Gentleman & a scholar you are true Blue I would really be honoured to shake your Hand If you consider it a done deal.Gods Blessings,on you, in abundance.
---Emcee on 4/19/07

Helen: The online dictionary says that dissension means :"1. strong disagreement; a contention or quarrel; discord.
2. difference in sentiment or opinion; disagreement."

No place in that definition does it says anything about the same faith.

I am someone who studies words, and knows them well.
---Madison1101 on 4/19/07

I have the Pop Buffet pictured, Augusta.
It will be in the gym, buffet tables filled with desserts, one or two main dishes (you know how those buffets go). Potato chips galore and oodles and scoodles of POP.
You'll be there with Emcee and the gang. We're going to drink pop 'til we drop, do a bebop around the gym. Jack will be there rolling his eyes, bored out of his head.
---Bob on 4/19/07

Madison asked: "Mima: Are you seriously asking because you do not know? Or, do you just want to start another debate between the Catholics and the antiCatholics? That appears to be your goal." ---Madison1101 on 4/17/07

Madison, Mima, as a "prophet of God". surely predicted that his post will generate Catholic bashing. His prophecy has been fulfilled.
---Caring on 4/19/07

Thank you, Bob.

Oh, and lunch at the Pop is on me. ;o

God bless,

---augusta on 4/19/07

Helen said: "Madison1101 - Speaking the truth to lost souls is not stirring up dissension. Dissension can only happen between those of the same faith."
---Helen_5378 on 4/19/07

Helen, please don't mention the word "truth". You don't even know where it lives.
---Caring on 4/19/07

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Helen>>If you believe the devil is going to stand by quietly and do and say nothing when a man or a woman of God is preaching, it just isn't true. It is the false preachers and prophets the devil will not mess with. Preach to us smooth things, tell us how great we are, tell us lies.
---catherine on 4/19/07

Madison1101 - Speaking the truth to lost souls is not stirring up dissension. Dissension can only happen between those of the same faith.
---Helen_5378 on 4/19/07

I am not a former or latter RCC.
My contact with Emcee, Augusta, Ed has been a positive one. They defend their pea patch every day without the malice you see others using. It's not what we say, but how we say it. If I went to Pop Buffet, I would want to sit at their table and break bread with them. If I was forced to sit with the railers, I would leave the building.
---Bob on 4/19/07

Let me assure everyone that none of you succeeded in making any Catholic renounce his or her faith because of your attacks in fact we were assured that many of you are not true Christians at all.

Many don't just disagree with Catholics but you hate us which hatred made us stronger in our respect toward our Church.
---Caring on 4/19/07

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I have posted questions and answers on C.N. that have never seen the light of day. Many others will say the same. Moderators have the final say regarding what is posted so the fact that Mima's questions have been posted must mean that this is what Christianet wants to be asked and answered on its website. I must say though that I am surprised that they need asking quite so often.
---m.p.a. on 4/19/07

To those of you who consider these Blogs "bashing the Catholics", have you ever had a look at what is happening with the other religions here? Is not the same thing happening there too? And just who is going to tell them the truth? Are you going to just let them go on in their ignorance and go to Hell without saying even one word to them? Shame on you. Love them, but not into Hell. Also, you do have the freedom to not read these Blogs if you wish.
---Helen_5378 on 4/18/07

We've been RCC bashing for months now. If the RCC will move off to the other blogs, it will give them a break. I don't know how they've held up after all these years.
God Bless Emcee Hammer.
Emcee was one of the first bloggers that showed kindness to me. I don't feel like beating him up every day.
---Bob on 4/19/07

God Bless Augusta.
---Bob on 4/19/07

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jack, I am tired of the Bash the Catholics, and I am not even Catholic. The Lord does not lead people into this kind of behavior. Stirring up dissension is not of the Lord, it is of Satan,.
---Madison1101 on 4/18/07

There do seem to have been a large number of questions asked recently which appear to have the intent of continuing the senseless strife between Catholic Christians and non-Catholic Christians
---alan_of_UK on 4/18/07

**If the Lord is leading Mima to do that, then he should be encouraged.**

The Lord never leads anyone to stir up strife over and over and over.
---Jack on 4/18/07

You love to play BASH THE CATHOLICS, don't you, Mima?

Actually, the Roman Catholic church in the Latin Rite POURS (affusion), not sprinkles (aspersion).

There is more than one way to immerse something.

This is the SIXTH time of posting.
---Jack on 4/18/07

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Madison1101 - I think that maybe Mima simply wants to get the truth across to the RCs so they can get saved. If the Lord is leading Mima to do that, then he should be encouraged.
---Helen_5378 on 4/18/07

All a Believer needs to do is to obey the Word of God, and you are totally safe. Jesus is our example, and He was immersed in water, and so should I, follow His example. Brian 6933
---BRIAN._STAFFORD on 4/18/07

Catholics accept many forms of baptism, as recorded in the Didache of the first century. Christians are not tied to the legalism of the Jews. The water is symbolic and while total immersion is the most perfect embodiment of this, there are many times when this is impractical. When you are in the middle of the desert or in winter in northern climates, one might miss an opportunity for baptism which God never intended. Even in the scriptures, not every one was baptised by total immersion.
---lorra8574 on 4/17/07

The ordinance of baptism is you go down into the water covering your sins and rise up out of the water signaling your sins were cleansed. when you take a shower or bath, do you leave your legs on the floor of the bathroom or keep your clothes on. that is what you are saying you do when you sprinkle or pour water on someone. You are making a mockery of the ordinance.
---ashley on 4/17/07

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Mima: Are you seriously asking because you do not know? Or, do you just want to start another debate between the Catholics and the antiCatholics? That appears to be your goal.
---Madison1101 on 4/17/07

Baptism is for the remission of sins. Little children cannot sin so what is the point of the ordinance for them. Also I see many deny the example of Jesus Christ when He was immersed by John the Baptist in the river Jordan. He is our example, not falsehoods of corrupt men like we see here all the time. If you are going to teach here, get your facts straight before you open your mouth. People are tired of being misled by the opinions of many who have never read the bible.
---ashley on 4/17/07

The volume of water has nothing to do with the legitimacy of baptism. Sprinkling, Pouring or Immersion are all equally valid forms whether administer to a person of any age Infant through Adult.
---Phil_the_Elder on 4/17/07

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