Thanks so much for your notes to us here at TruthBook.com. You have
written your question to a site that fosters and promotes the teachings of
Urantia Book, and so my response is from those teachings. If you are
not yet familiar with The Urantia Book, I recommend that you consider
looking into it.
Just to be clear, here is my understanding of the issues: First of all,
baptism and christening are different words that mean the same thing;
i.e., it is the religious ritual that involves the pouring of water over
the head of subject, and is meant to signify the washing away of original
sin, which is thought to be present at birth in the soul of everyone. In
the Catholic Church, baptism usually takes place soon after birth, and
requires no agreement on the part of the baptized person, although it can
be performed at other times, also. The child is represented by godparents,
who take vows for them, and promise to bring them up in the faith.
Confirmation is a different ritual and it is the time when a person is
fully admitted into the Catholic Church ... usually around the age of 13-
15 years of age. The initiate usually adopts a new name, and is anointed
with a group of others; there is a recitation of intentions to be followed
as a Catholic person from that day forward.
Both of these ceremonies are beautiful rituals in the church (probably
other churches besides Catholic have their versions of these rites, too).
But, are they necessary for salvation? If you ask someone in the church,
they will likely tell you that baptism is certainly necessary, but did
Jesus say that baptism was necessary for salvation? No, he did not.
One of the main reasons for baptism in the Church is that Catholics
(and others) believe that all people are born in sin - steeped in
"original sin," the result of the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden. And
baptism is seen as the way to erase that sin.
In The Urantia Book, we learn the true story of Adam and Eve, and their
role in our history. It differs significantly from the story that we have
always been told in Scripture, and does not include the concept of
"original sin." Neither does it confirm the idea of a "fall of man."
Further, Jesus never taught the doctrine of original sin. In fact, when
Jesus was here, he redefined what sin really is. Sin is never something
that can be placed upon your soul by the acts of another person; sin is a
deliberate decision made by a human mind to go against God's will. Read
Jesus' words about evil, sin, and iniquity (from PART IV of The Urantia
When Jesus was on earth, John the Baptist went before him, baptizing
with water and exhorting his followers to repent of their sins. And when
Jesus submitted to John's baptism in the Jordan, it was not that he should
be cleansed of sin (as he had no sin) but that he should be an example for
others to be willing to repent and start fresh in the Kingdom. You can
read many details about Jesus' baptism HERE
But Jesus was clear about John's baptism. He said:
137:8.10 "John did indeed baptize you in
token of repentance and for the remission of your sins, but when you enter
the heavenly kingdom, you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."
In other words, Jesus did not teach that water baptism was necessary
for salvation. He recognized water baptism as a pleasing, "token" ritual,
but not a requirement.
Confirmation probably has it's counterparts in other religions...Even
in Jesus' time, young boys went through a sort of ritual ceremony in which
they became consecrated "sons of the law," too, and full citizens of
But all of these rituals, although pleasing and meaningful for the
initiates and others, are simply outward signs. The real work of salvation
in the individual is through simple faith, and not through rituals:
Melchizedek preached it: HERE
And, Jesus proclaimed it HERE, when he said:
"When men and women ask what shall we do to be saved, you
shall answer, Believe this gospel of the kingdom; accept divine
forgiveness. By faith recognize the indwelling spirit of God, whose
acceptance makes you a son of God. ...
"Salvation is the gift of the Father and is revealed by his
Sons. Acceptance by faith on your part makes you a partaker of the divine
nature, a son or a daughter of God. By faith you are justified; by faith
are you saved; and by this same faith are you eternally advanced in the
way of progressive and divine perfection. By faith was Abraham justified
and made aware of salvation by the teachings of Melchizedek. All down
through the ages has this same faith saved the sons of men, but now has a
Son come forth from the Father to make salvation more real and
When Jesus had left off speaking, there was great rejoicing
among those who had heard these gracious words, and they all went on in
the days that followed proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom with new
power and with renewed energy and enthusiasm. And the women rejoiced all
the more to know they were included in these plans for the establishment
of the kingdom on earth.
In summing up his final statement, Jesus said: "You cannot buy
salvation; you cannot earn righteousness. Salvation is the gift of God,
and righteousness is the natural fruit of the spirit-born life of sonship
in the kingdom. You are not to be saved because you live a righteous life;
rather is it that you live a righteous life because you have already been
saved, have recognized sonship as the gift of God and service in the
kingdom as the supreme delight of life on earth. When men believe this
gospel, which is a revelation of the goodness of God, they will be led to
voluntary repentance of all known sin. Realization of sonship is
incompatible with the desire to sin. Kingdom believers hunger for
righteousness and thirst for divine perfection."
Here are other questions like yours already answered on our site. Maybe
you'd like to read them, also...
Is water baptism necessary?
Does Baptism wash away sin?
Thanks so much for writing...I hope this reply has been helpful