Saturday, January 07, 2006
Does Baptism wash away sins?

According to the Bible, yes it does.

Acts 10:44-48 "While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. (45) And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. (46) For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, (47) Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? (48) And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

Acts 2:38 "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."

Acts 22:16 "And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord."


Posted at 03:14 pm by FutrMissionGal
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What has caused me to begin to study Catholicism?

**Before I answer the above question, a few things. Please know that everything on here is not yet completely researched. My studying will likely take a long time, and I am just posting information as I learn it and as God reveals it to me.  Don't jump on the gun to rebuttle my comments, but feel free to point out something if it doesn't make sense.  Also, I am posting things in reverse chronology and by topics.  I may add things if I learn new information, but will likely use a new color if I add additional information. (For example, I have the original post about infant baptism, but if I find more later, I will add it in another color besides white.) Thanks!!!**

It began when I spent 4 years of my life in Catholic school (I've been raised Baptist.) I have always had a very analytical mind. I question everything in life, especially why I believe what I believe. Ever since I got into college, my faith has been something I've gone back and forth with and struggled with. I would begin to try and figure out what I believe and why, but the persuit would get to heavy and I'd give up. I'd just accept what I'd always been taught. But I still struggled with many of the things that we believed as Baptists. Then I read the DaVinci Code, which made me wonder more about Catholicism. Just simple wonder. Then I really began to feel God leading me away from our church to look for another one. Then I met Jonathan, my wonderful boyfriend who is Catholic. The difference in denominations was something I struggled with, but decided to step out on faith and see where God led. After much prayer, I have now decided to begin to study why Catholics believe what they believe. I'm going back to history. I'm looking to see how it all started. I'm reading the Bible and ignoring what I've been taught, rather taking the scripture for what it says, meaning literally. I'm reading books and books. Some are Catholic, some anti-Catholic, some Protestant, some anti-Protestant. I'm keeping an open mind, praying, and seeking the truth.

John 8:32 "You will know the truth and the truth will set you free."

Proverbs 3: 5&6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path."

 


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I have come to the point in my life where I am tired of believing what I've been taught and want to know what I believe because I've learned it myself. After some time and consideration, and many things in my life (To be explained in a moment), I have decide to study Catholicism. I'm not saying I'll convert yet, but my pilgrimage to Rome may lead to into the Catholic faith. Only God knows at this point, but I am seeking the truth and keeping an open mind.

There was a quote in Surprised by Truth that had a huge impact on me. Marcus Grodi said that John Henry Newmans wrote To be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant. Then Grodi said I also learned that the flip side of Newmans adage is equally true: To cease to be deep in history is to become a Protestant. This hit me so strong. If the Catholic church has been around for 2000 years and the Protestant church only for 500 years, what caused the Protestant Reformation? And was it correct, God inspired, etc.?



Everyone asks what sources I've used. They are as follows (I will add more as I use more):

Websites:

Internet Sacred Text Archive

Catholic Answers

Paul Thigpen
(I have used his website and spoken with him via email)

Biblical Evidence for Catholicism



Books:

Surprised by Truth by Patrick Madrid

By What Authority? An Evangelical Discovers Tradition by Mark P. Shea




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