Without falling into the question of the salvation of heterodox, let me ask a few questions about baptism and chrismationGÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Âª
To join the Orthodox Church, I would be re-baptized (at least, this sounds like an option). The Church would not view this as re-baptism, or it would be anti-creedal and they would not do it. Because they view my first “baptism” as invalid, they see my baptism into the Orthodox Church as my first real baptism. This means that, until I join the Orthodox Church, I am not baptized. Because baptism is a sacrament, it imparts grace partially by its physical action; this grace being namely, “the remission of sins.” According to the Orthodox, I have not been baptized. Therefore, I do not have “remission of sins.” That means I am still guilty of my sins, and damned in their eyes. This is fine (in that loose sense of the word J ), but what exactly is chrismation? If I were only chrismated, what does that do? If baptism remits sin, and I am view as not having been baptized, and therefore am guilty of my sins, what will chrismation do? In the view of the Orthodox Church, is a baptized anyone-other-than-Orthodox still guilty of his sins? My soteriology is very “Western,” (I am/was very Protestant), and they don’t have chrismationGÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Âªalong the same lines as this, what is the difference between anointing with chrism and chrismation? (Don’t they mean the same thing?) Also, what is confession and profession? Thanx.
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