This is the introduction to a new series on the sacrament of Baptism. In this series, the goal will be to show this rite is not merely a sign or a symbol, but a sacrament instituted by Christ. The first part will focus on the simple questions of who, what, why, where, when, and how regarding this sacrament. This part will break the six interrogatives into three separate posts. In the second part of blogs, we will look at a couple of alternative views and give an apologetic response. This second set of three will consist of arguments about the mode and method, including its administration and application. Throughout these two parts, we will cover areas about this sacrament on a theological, moral, and sociological platform. The intention of this series will be to provide answers to questions in a way that is concise, to the point, and catechetical. The result aims to foster a deeper, profound, and richer love for the “new birth,” the Sacrament of Initiation.
Like investigative journalists, we need to ask six question about this sacrament: why, when, where, what, how, and who. What is Baptism? Why should we worry about initiation and why is it important? When and where does this washing occur, is it here and now? Does our new life begin when we leave the waters? Is it just a symbol or a sign to let others know we have accepted Jesus into our soul? Most importantly, how does this ritual cooperate in our salvation? This last question considering “who” is a follow-up of the “how” question and will develop this argument deeper. Does Hell await those not Baptized instead of Heaven? Whom does Baptism save? Who cannot receive it? It will be through asking these questions and discovering the answers that we cannot only come to a deeper understanding of being born again and salvation, but we will grow in appreciation and admiration of our own Baptism.