First, let me say that you are all theologians… The question is “are you a good on or not?” But I’ll save that post for another day… Or Jenn, maybe you want that post? (She’s got some great insight on that topic)
So, this is my question. I’m reading Romans again this morning and am in Chapter 6. In verses 3 and 4 Paul references baptism and being “baptized into his death” and being “buried therefore with him by baptism through death.” Now, my questions is this. Most people when speaking of baptism say that it is supposed to symbolize our union with Christ in death and resurrection (thus why lots of people like dunking baptisms). However, my confusion arises when I look at communion. It is in communion that we look at the death of Christ and share in this communion of his broken body and shed blood. So, it would seem, that we have two sacraments that share the same association, namely our relation to Jesus’ death. So, why two sacraments to “accomplish” the same thing? A side by side comparison, which I don’t have time for this morning, appears to show that the two (at least in the modern way they are explained) share a lot of commonality. Is this strange to anyone else? I know, I know… you’ve probably never thought about it… that’s cool. But I thought I’d throw it out there this morning since that is where I’m pausing to ponder on the text. What sets the two apart (beyond the obvious modes) and why do they seem to symbolize such similar associations?
Drew and Monica… I expect answers from you two The rest of you feel free to join in.