What happens to a person after baptism and why is it necessary?
There are more than 2.3 billion Christians, including Catholics, around 1.2 billion, Protestants at about 800 million, about 225 million Orthodox Christians Oriental churches around 75 million
However, these figures do not quite correctly reflect reality, since their belonging to the Church, many people define only the fact of baptism in childhood, not beliefs. But does the baptism of a child in infancy a Christian for life if, growing up, he never goes to Church, reads the Bible, knows and takes the religious rules? In the Bible Christians are called disciples of Christ. Is this person a disciple of Christ?
Ask yourself the question: can a little child to repent of their sins, to promise to God of a good conscience, or believe? Of course not!
The fact that the early Church baptized adults only people, confirms the earliest document (the end of I century ad) Church law “Doctrine of the Lord to the Nations through the 12 apostles” (Didache): “Baptize thus: having given it all in advance of the above (instructions on necessity of observance of moral precepts — approx. author), baptize in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy spirit… in the water… But before the baptism let them fast cremaldi and baptized”. Did baby can you teach the commandments or to ask to fast? Such treatment is possible only to adults.
However, after the apostles, Christianity began to enter the practice of baptism kids, and then the doctrine became an integral part of most churches. The reason is that baptism began to give the element of sacredness, and later became known as the mystery. Many Christians began to believe that baptism gives a kind of God’s protection. And if this protection can obtain an adult, how can you deny such a good child? The baptism of the overgrown elements of superstition. It was considered, for example, that the child was not hurt, his need to be baptized… But really all the baptized are healthy and honest people? Suffice it to recall that Napoleon, Hitler and Stalin, too, was baptized in childhood.
According to the Bible, baptism is a Covenant (agreement) between man and God. The believer before baptism must repent of their sins. He makes a promise to God to live a new life. And the Lord, in this Covenant, forgive man his past mistakes, promises the help of the Holy spirit in fighting sin. At the moment of baptism as a believer would die for his past life — immersed in the watery grave and rising from it to new life.
Baptism, or the Covenant with the Lord, helps a person better understand a crucial moment in his life. Full immersion gives experience the washing of past sins, leaving them in the water and the imminent renewal of life. Of course, people do not automatically lose all their sinful passions, but if he is faithful in his determination to live with God, the Lord miraculously cleanses it from all evil, that it is.
So, if a person was baptized in the irresponsible age, he may be baptized again: this time to consciously make a Covenant with God. This an important rite of passage left to us by the Lord Jesus Christ: “For thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:15).