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John The Baptizer
Religious historians call John the Baptist the most mysterious figure of the New Testament.
His whole life and work are mystery with his birth and ending with his decapitation.
In 8-6 BC a boy is born in Israel. His father Zechariah a figure in the Bible and the Quran.

In the Bible, he is the father of John the Baptizer, a priest of the sons of Aaron, a prophet in Luke 1:67–79,
and the husband of Elizabeth who is a relative Luke 1:36 of Mary the mother of Jesus. Origen suggested
that the Zechariah mentioned in Matthew 23:35 as having been killed between the temple and the altar may
be the father of John the Baptizer. Orthodox Christian tradition recounts that, at the time of the massacre of
the Innocents, when King Herod ordered the slaughter of all males under the age of two in an attempt to
prevent the prophesied Messiah from coming to Israel, Zechariah refused to divulge the whereabouts of
his son, and he was therefore murdered by Herod's soldiers. This is also recorded in the Infancy Gospel
of James, an apocryphal work from the 2nd century.

John the Baptizer is mentioned in all four canonical Gospels and the non-canonical Gospel of the Nazarenes.
The Synoptic Gospels (Mark, Matthew, and Luke) describe John baptising Jesus; in the Gospel of John it is
implied in John 1:32-34.
The Gospels have maintained perfect silence as to the deeds of Jesus, previous to his meeting with John the Baptizer,
through whom, according to them, Jesus took possession of his ministry after John dead. Immediately afterwards he
makes his appearance in Galilee with a defined doctrine, the assurance of a prophet, and the consciousness of the
Messiah. This début was preceded by the long development of a veritable initiation who must have taken place in the
sole association in Israel, which preserved the real traditions of the pharisian and adopted their mode of living. This
arises the relations in the doctrine of Jesus, but even from the very silence kept
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In the Bible, the head of John the Baptizer, the most popular Jewish preacher of his time, was given to appease Salome,
the step-daughter of King Herod.  What is known in the Johannite tradition, it has been a major part of the esoteric
counterculture within the West. This tradition doesn't see the Baptizer as the "forerunner," but as the esoteric master.
According to James Tabor, John and Jesus took each part of Israel, John in the north Galilee and Jesus the south Judea
for their teaching. The goal was to reestablish the teaching of the Bible that was put aside by the clergy at their return
from Babylon, using only the commentary of the commentary of the commentary of the Jewish Bible.
The Sacrament of Baptism
In the beginning for the initiate, for the aspirant to the light.  An ancient ritual that has been present throughout all of the races that have inhabited this planet and has
been known by many names were baptism has always been present although in cultures and times and places. This is why when we compare various world traditions,
we can always find rituals related to water, related to purification and initiation.

Baptism as a term and as a ritual is most identified with Christianity and with its many varieties:  Roman Catholic, and Orthodox, and Protestant, all of those forms of
baptism are derived from the same source, which was taught by
John and Jesus. Baptism is a universal symbol, physical practices of baptism rituals, are given generally
to adults.  In our Christian church to be baptized is symbolic of initiation, disciples, people who are spiritually new to the teaching. Our purpose is to understand the
practical significance of baptism and its importance as a sacrament. It's the public affirmation of belonging to our traditions.
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