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Henry Nabea Dr. Mbiti Philosophy, 1o1 27 Nov. 2012 The Sacred and the Profane The three meanings of baptism rituals highlighted by Mircea Eliade Mircea Eliade understands the Christian baptism ritual, as a very rich ritual, fraught with religious meanings.
Just like water is used ordinarily in cleaning, and renewing things, water, also, is used symbolically to signify the cleansing of the baptized Christian from his early sins, and old way of life which is not in conformity with the new life in Christ. The water of baptism also, symbolises, a complete renewal or rebirth of the baptized person, into the new life in Jesus Christ (133). Secondly, baptism ritual signifies the confronting of Satan, symbolized as the dragon in the Bible, and defeating the dragon, as one starts the new life in Jesus Christ (133). Defeating the Satan here means a complete overhaul in one’s life, to start a new life in Jesus Christ. This confrontation and defeat of Satan is symbolized through the immersion into water. The abyss of water symbolizes danger and battle. Just as Jesus before starting His public ministry went to River Jordan to face the Dragons in the abyss of water, and to defeat them, Christians, also, through immersion into the water are able to face their spiritual dragons, the Satan, and to defeat them. We find Noah in the Bible, also, through his faithfulness in God, overcoming the dangers of the immense flood, and emerging the winner. The abyss of water, therefore, signifies the battle with the Satan, and the eventual defeat of Satan. The third meaning of Christian baptism ritual lies in the act of baptismal nudity itself. ...