Ten Hundred Word Baptism
When people want to show that they like God, they usually go under water to show it. The idea is that their old life dies, and they start a new one. But they have to remember to come back above the water, or they really die and go to see God straight away.
When Mr Jesus wanted to show that he liked God, he went under water and God the Father spoke to say that He liked him, while the air-person-God came down from the sky, like a flying animal. That doesn’t happen for most people.
Some people say that you have to go under water if you like God, or you won’t get to go to the nice place in the sky when you die. Some people say that you have to be old enough to believe in God when you do it, and some say you just need someone to make you slightly wet on the head when you’re little.
Some other people think you can go to the nice place in the sky without going under water, because Mr Jesus said a bad man who took things that weren’t his would go there, even though he didn’t go under water. But they usually think it’s nice to do it anyway, because God likes it.
When God-liking people go under water like this, someone says important words about God the Father, Son and Air-Person, because this is what the Big Book of God says to do. It’s a bit strange that everyone agrees about this when they think different things about what else you should do, but even God-liking people can agree about things sometimes.
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