• It's always important

    It's a New testament Command that hasn't been overturned.

  • Baptisms are still and important part of many people's religious beliefs.

    Baptisms have been common in many family's religious rights for generations. I feel that baptisms are still very important, if for no other reason, than that families should be able to have their children baptized, if they choose.

    Posted by: ClosedUlysses75
  • Yes, I believe it is still important to perform baptisms but only as important as it is to the person who is prepared to receive it

    As long as a baptism is willed by the recipient, or legal guardians of same, every American should participate in whatever religious rituals they so choose, so long as those rituals are not physically harmful to anyone, including themselves.

    Posted by: CruelDante46
  • Baptisms remain important, due to the symbolic value it imparts in people's lives.

    There has been a lot of debate over the value of baptisms in today's world. Baptisms remain valuable, however, due to the symbolism they hold for a large swath of our populous. If the baptism serves to convince a grandmother that her grandchild will get into heaven, or gets a child to sleep easy for just one night, then it was worth it.

    Posted by: C0n5tGet
  • I believe baptisms should still be performed, as they are needed to cleanse people from sins.

    In the Bible, Jesus was baptized and encouraged others to be baptized. Baptism cleanses one of sin and is also a way of declaring that he or she wants to follow in Jesus' path. Baptism also is a way of publicly declaring your intention to raise a child in the faith, and a way of involving the community in the spiritual raising of that child.

    Posted by: BurlyJeffery73
  • Baptism is a central rite for Christians so, as long as Christianity exists, there will be baptisms.

    Not all religions have a rite of baptism, of course, and those that do not should always be free to carry out their own rites of initiation. However, baptism is required as the main entrance rite in Christianity, as stated in the Bible, so, it will be important to perform baptisms, as long as people want to become Christians. Since Christianity is still growing very rapidly outside the West, it seems likely that it will remain important to perform baptisms for a long time to come.

    Posted by: R3yGoobIe
  • Although times have changed

    Baptism still stands for the same thing it did a thousand years ago. Baptism is a public profession of your faith. God tells us to not just believe in him but to profess our faith to everyone and gods instructions have not changed just because society has

  • Yes, because if you believe in Christ, then the importance of baptism never changes.

    While the world may be growing more cynical and less spiritual, the truth and the meaning behind spiritual activities such as baptism doesn't change. For those who believe in Christ, to say that baptism is no longer important would be to say that God is a changing God, and he no longer requires the "modern enlightened" person to be baptized, but people of the past did have to be baptized. Basically, it is an argument where you are saying that modern people are better than people from the past, so they don't need things that were spiritually important in the past.

    Posted by: MariaR
  • No, it is not still important to perform baptisms.

    This question is really a matter of opinion. If you're agnostic, like me, then you see no point in baptism. However, for many religious people, they believe that it is the "only way to get into heaven", or something. Personally, I think it's a bunch of mumbo jumbo.

    Posted by: LorenaH
  • Baptisms are part of some religions that play an important role in church tradition and family unity.

    The ritual of a baptism is very symbolic to have a person welcomed into a religion and house of God. Some believe that without being baptized, one can not go on to heaven. To the people involved, yes, baptisms are very important and should be continued.

    Posted by: F Clayton
  • Baptism is still important to christens today

    Just because the world is become less spiritual it doesn't mean that baptism isn't important. Baptism is ones choice of and design for there infant. So people shouldn't be saying that baptism isn't important because as long a u believe baptism is important that's all that matters in life now.

  • No, it is only symbolic and doesn't do anything; it's all in your head.

    Baptizing a baby, for example, is only important to the parents because they would feel as though they have accomplished a great deal by 'purifying' their child. However, the baby won't remember the baptism and the only way he/she will know is when told about it by his/her parents. Besides you could be baptized and still end up an atheist, like I am.

  • no, it is silly

    they are ridiculous superstitions, no more real than stepping on a crack and causing your mother a lumbar injury. it is ridiculous to suggest that one must be submerged in water to become 'pure' of heart and cleansed of sins.besides if there is a god, he probably will not care if you were dunked into a magic bath before you died. well what do you expect from a faith that promotes ignorance.

  • No, because religious rituals like this exist only as a form of entertainment and emotional manipulation.

    If faith is spiritual and transcendent, then the notion that words and rituals are necessary to affirm it would seem contradictory. People seeking to use immersion in water to "cleanse" their spirits can do it just as easily by jumping into a pool, floating on their backs, and blissfully staring up at the sky. The pomp of an official baptism is little more than an affirmation of a social identity, and mocks its own spiritual pretensions.

    Posted by: eststorm
  • While allowance must be made for the way particular customs function well in a given cultural setting, baptism, focused as it is primarily on infants who know nothing of the event, seems quite dubious to an outsider.

    One hesitates to judge another group's religious customs, but questioning in a tentative spirit can hardly threaten a well-grounded practice that provides strong, unambiguous benefits, so it bears asking why baptism is considered so important in view of the fact that it seems to imbue with spiritual significance an event that the individual being consecrated usually cannot understand. Baptism, after all, is usually performed on babies, and it would seem appropriate for the central figure in a religious ritual to be a conscious participant who can appreciate and reflect on the event. There are surely other ways for communities to gather and celebrate the birth of a new child. And dunking a perhaps-frightened child in water, even briefly, seems a bit cruel. Perhaps groups that use baptism could, over time, develop alternative means of expressing their devotion, cementing their ties, and initiating children into their way of life.

    Posted by: M4I4cFeIine
  • This is only a symbolic measure taken by those who believe in a particular religion and has no importance other than that.

    Someone splashes or immerses you in water, says a few words and baptism is nothing more than that. Humans love symbolism and ritual, and this is simply one that accompanies various religious superstitions that people cling to. If it comforts them then that is fine, but it isn't important as a society that baptisms are performed. It may be important to the individual and their religion, so this should continue if it what they want. I though see no importance in it at all.

    Posted by: 54IInferno
  • Whether it's important or not depends on the individual's religious beliefs.

    To a person who is not of the Christian religion, baptism is not important and it never was. In some Christian denominations, infants are baptized, and obviously they are too young to make a choice for themselves. A baby who was baptized might not be religious at all when he/she grows up, so for them, it wasn't important. Baptism is only important psychologically for people who belong to certain Christian denominations.

    Posted by: N Schroeder 60

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