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Catholic - March 6th 2012, 02:39 AM

Im catholic and need catholic advice please. I know I can ask some one in the church just feel weird asking them.

Is there any way I can renew my Baptism??? Not saying it didint mean any thing when I was a baby it was. But Im so close to god now and I have been through so much with him given him my life. Love him to death that it would mean the world to me if I could have another Baptism renew as saying Im completly giving him my life commiting it to him. It would mean a lot to me.
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Re: Catholic - March 6th 2012, 03:01 AM

I'm Catholic and haven't heard of anyone wanting to renew their baptism. If you belong to a parish I would advise calling their office and ask to speak to the Priest. I don't see why you couldn't do it.. but I always thought that baptism was a one-time thing.


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Re: Catholic - March 6th 2012, 03:05 AM

Thanks. Do you think its silly. Yeah it can be a one time thing but wondering if I can renew it. Im not saying when I was a baby it did not mean any thing it did.

Like I said above its just I feel closer to god I have given him my life so I really want to get baptised again this time by choice saying I commit my life to you jesus christ and god. I just dont want the church looking at me like im weird or the priest when I ask. But I may ask not sure thanks.
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Re: Catholic - March 6th 2012, 03:10 AM

I'm not Catholic either, but I do have a background in it. I actually have heard about people doing something similar, though I'm not sure which denomination it was. Your best bet is to talk to your priest; I don't think anyone will think you're weird. You're all there to share and improve your relationships to God, so why would they find it strange that you want to do just that? Have you gone through the other sacraments - confirmation and such? Maybe you could renew the vows you made them, or something. I'm a little rusty on the rules of Catholocism, so I'm not sure this helped.


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Re: Catholic - March 6th 2012, 03:31 AM

Yes I have been through them all except the sickness and marriage one. Thanks
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Re: Catholic - March 9th 2012, 12:08 AM

"I believe in one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins."

Since that is in the Nicene Creed, I'm going to assume that only one Baptism would be observed. I'm Roman Catholic, so if you're Byzantine or Orthodox Catholic it may be different for you, but I doubt it. Have you been Confirmed? If not, it isn't the same as Baptism, since Baptism is the entrance to the Church, Confirmation is when you say "I believe" for yourself and not have anyone else say it for you, when you're seen as an adult in the Church and when the Holy Spirit is granted upon you. If you have, then the only suggestion I can offer is to become active in the Church. Go to Bible studies or prayer groups if you would like to become more involved or feel closer to God.

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Re: Catholic - March 9th 2012, 01:06 AM

Yes i had confirmation maybe I want to do my confirmation over again intead of baptism. I didnt go to the last day before confirmation because my pet died }: If I went it might have helped and then having to d confirmation after a week after my pet died was bad because i was depressed. I also was a little mad at god for taking my baby (pet) }: But I dont stay mad at him for long I love him it just hurts when I loose them.
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Re: Catholic - March 9th 2012, 12:27 PM

I moved this over to Religion and Spirituality, Science and Philosophy so that you'll get better responses


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Re: Catholic - March 9th 2012, 04:32 PM

I"m not Catholic, so I'll just tell you what the bible says about baptism and let you decide from there:

The bible describes baptism as something that you do after you have been saved (which means to realize that you're a sinner, that your sins would send you to hell and separate you from God, but that Jesus died on the cross to take the punishment for your sins and then rose again to defeat them so you don't have to pay for them in hell, and then accepting this gift and being freed from sin once and for all and becoming God's child). If you have been saved, the bible says to be baptized as a symbol of being washed clean of your sins and having new life in Christ. You couldn't have made that decision as a baby. So, assuming that you believe the bible, yes you can be baptized again.

With that being said though, I was rased Catholic, so I know that the Catholic church probably won't let you get baptized again. They believe that it is baptism that actually washes away your sins, even though the bible indicates that it is only symbolic and that we have our sins washed away by trusting Jesus to take them away once and for all. If you have been saved and feel God calling you to be baptized, you will probably have to do it at a non-Catholic church. Most bible believing non-denominational churches will let you get baptized there without having to become a member or anything, as long as you're truly saved. I know my church allows anyone to get baptized at our baptisms even if they don't go to our church, as long as they answer a few questions about salvation to know that they really understand it. So you could always do that.

If you want to know more about what it means to be saved, you can go to www.themostimportantthing.webs.com and click on "Why Do I Need Jesus?". You may already know all of this, but I'm saying it just in case because that's what baptism is all about according to the bible.
   
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Re: Catholic - March 9th 2012, 04:42 PM

Im uncertain if you can be rebaptized in a Catholic church. Keep in mind, they and the Lutherans persecuted the anabaptists for being re-baptizers. Whether there is anything wrong with being baptized again elsewhere, is between you and G-D, not the church, imo.


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Re: Catholic - March 9th 2012, 08:41 PM

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Re: Catholic - March 9th 2012, 09:01 PM

I'm not sure about a second baptism but I've been made to renew my baptismal promises several times in the past. Ask your priest about it and see what he says.


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Re: Catholic - March 10th 2012, 04:12 AM

Baptism is the first sacrament of initiation, something you usually receive as a baby, and something you receive only ONCE.

I'm about to make my confirmation, which is by choice, and I guess is the equivalent of renewing your baptism. Some people never make this sacrament, but that doesn't make them less Catholic.

I would highly suggest looking into making your confirmation next Easter(:


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Re: Catholic - March 10th 2012, 04:14 AM

oops, I didn't read that you made your confirmation, but no you cannot be baptized twice in the Catholic church.


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Re: Catholic - March 10th 2012, 10:24 AM

So your saying I could do confirmation again maybe but not batism
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Re: Catholic - March 10th 2012, 09:26 PM

Since this thread has adequate answers and the OP has been banned so won't be able to see any further replies, I'm going to close this it now.
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