Baptism: The Laver of Regeneration

Just reblogging my original post on Baptism, hoping to get some thoughts on it. Thank you.

The Catholic Thinker

Baptism (derived from the Greek noun baptizein, meaning a dipping in or under water, or washing in general) is defined by the Baltimore Catechism No.2 as the following:

“Baptism is the sacrament that gives our souls the new life of sanctifying grace by which we become children of God and heirs of heaven.”

(Balt. Catechism No. 2 Question No. 315)

A sacrament is defined as:

“A sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace.”

(Balt. Catechism No. 2 Question No. 304)

The CCC (Catechism of the Catholic Church) defines Baptism as:

“Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated…

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