Thursday, January 14, 2010
Summary 2-John The Baptist
John the Baptist is a historical figure who was alive during Jesus's life and knew Jesus and he called for a return to piety and wanted people to follow God intensely. He is known for baptizing people, but is not the first person to practice baptism because a lot of people practiced baptism or something close to it at the time. Baptism symbolized being cleansed before entering the temple, and a rededication to God. There are theories that Jesus was baptized by John, but some people reject these theories because it could mean that Jesus is inferior to John. John ans Jesus shared similar beliefs that the world was changing, but Jesus believed that God wanted a major change in the entire world's ethics and John believe that God would descend in an apocalyptic event to bring peace to earth. John was later executed for criticizing the Roman ruler.