AQA GCSE “Baptism is the most important sacrament.” Evaluate this statement. (12 marks)

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  • Blue – Your argument 
  • Red – Argument against 
  • Purple – Response

Baptism is the Christian practice in which an individual is washed with water, either submerged or in a Font, with the intention of being introduced to the faith or to wash away original sin.

In opposition, there are other sacraments in the Church which are arguably more significant to the core message of Christianity. For example, the sacrament of the Eucharist was one of the last things that Jesus taught to his disciples before he was captured and ultimately killed. Eucharist commemorates the sacrifice Jesus made to atone for the sins of the world by taking bread and wine as representations of his body and blood. By accepting the sacrament, some Christians claim to feel connected to their saviour as well as giving recognition to the need for Christ’s death and resurrection for their own salvation. This is so important because many believe that it is through faith in this salvation that one comes to God and so consequentially, the Eucharist could be seen as the most important sacrament.

Alternatively, Baptism is also a very important rite of passage for many who decide to join a Church. Adults who might participate in a “believer’s baptism” will often see the sacrament as a way of signifying a start to their new life as a Christian. It is a moment of deep religious importance for the person who is newly committed to God. The ritual also contains symbolism connected to the resurrection of Christ; as the submersion represents his death, while being brought back up links to his resurrection. These examples, coupled with the fact that Jesus himself saw it important to be baptised, give reason to argue that Baptism is the most important sacrament.

Nevertheless, being baptised is only done once whilst the Eucharist still remains a regular practice for many church attending Christians. The continued need to accept Christ’s sacrifice is required to develop into a person worthy of God and, through the Last Supper, Jesus demonstrated exactly how he wanted his disciples to carry on this process. As a result, the Eucharist should have more importance to the ongoing worship of Christians today.

To conclude, some Christians would believe that they are of equal importance but since Jesus put such an emphasis of the Last Supper, it is fair to argue that the Eucharist is more essential to life and worship of Christians.

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