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Examining Infant Baptism and Baptismal Regeneration

The issue of Baptism is a topic I've been avoiding for a while because of how controversial the topic is within the Church. But now I think it's time to get my thoughts out in the open. I will be focusing on the teaching of infant baptism that is taught in the Catholic, Orthodox, and Lutheran church. And even in some Protestant churches. As well as the teaching of Baptismal Regeneration, where you must be baptized in order to be saved. Now, a year ago I used to go to a Lutheran church. And they gave me their case for infant baptism. One argument in favor of infant baptism is that Baptism parallel circumcision in the Old Testament. Where just as infants were circumcised to be part of the Old Covenant, we now baptize infants so they can be part of the New Covenant. They also believe that since infants are born with original sin, they must be baptized to wash the sin away, which creates faith in the infant. There are also several passages in Acts where the apostles declare that

Exodus 20:4 and the Shroud of Turin

There's a controversial debate among Christian denominations over graven images. More specifically, over whether or not we can have statues or pictures of Jesus in our homes. And whether or not it's blasphemous to have a depiction of Jesus in popular Christian movies, shows, and plays about the Gospel. As someone who is no stranger to controversial topics like this, I have decided to tackle this issue head on by examining both sides and giving my opinion. The driving force behind this debate is the concern of both idolatry and blasphemy. In the early church, Christians used the fish symbol to identify places of Christian worship. The Synod of Elvira pronounced a prohibition of exhibition of images in churches. But ever since the 3rd century A.D., certain churches have used images as part of worship. Religious imagery is often associated with the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran church, which both have images and statues of Jesus as part of their worship services. Then

The Sabbath Debate: Was the Sabbath changed? Does God require Sabbath keeping from Christians?

Today we are going to go over a certain day that has gone under some controversy and scrutiny. What I'm going to talk about today is my position on the Sabbath day, which is the day that God rested and made holy. And so when God gave the Israelites His Law, He commanded them to cease from labor on the Sabbath day. In fact, six days of work and one day of rest is what our days of the week are modeled after. We see this command from God in Exodus 20:9-10, which reads as follows. " Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates ". Now with that said, I am aware that this was a command of God during the Old Testament, when He made his covenant with the people of Israel. So now we are going to get to the issue at hand. We know that when Christ shed His b