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What is the Difference Between Baptism & Christening?

Published December 06, 2011        by Sarah

In the Bible it says, “And now why tarriest thou?  Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22.16).  Baptism is mentioned again and again in the Bible and symbolizes a washing away of sins.  Early baptisms were held in rivers, and in fact, they still are in many religions.  The terms baptism and christening are used interchangeably, but there are differences between the two ceremonies. Baptism and christening are both rites of passage and rituals that take place in a variety of faiths.  John the Baptist baptized his followers in the River Jordan; Jesus is the most famous of those baptized.  The ceremony symbolizes the baptism gift of washing away of sins.  A christening, on the other hand, has traditionally been a naming ceremony which Read more