Question:I was baptized as an infant in a Catholic religion. I'm Christian now and I'm 16 years old. I don't know if getting baptized again is the correct thing to do. I want to get baptized as a Christian. What should I do?
I'm not a theologian, but I will try my best to answer your question. However, perspectives on baptism differ from denomination to denomination. Part of your decision will probably have to consider the perspective of the church/group who is encouraging you to be baptized again. Make sure you talk with your pastor about this important experience.
Baptism means a dying of self, washing away our sins by Christ's death, and a promise of eternal and new life because of his resurrection. As Galatians 2:20 says: "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."
There are at least two major beliefs about baptism that are prevalent in Bible-believing Christian churches. (Three if you include Quakers who don't baptize). The Catholic church and many other denominations believe that infant/child baptism is a sign or a seal of your salvation in Christ. Generally, parents stand with their child and the minister baptizes the baby, reminding the parents and congregation that they are making a commitment to raise the child to be Christian.
Another group of Christians practice "believer's baptism." Often in this tradition, a baby or child is dedicated to the Lord in the church in a very similar ceremony to baptism, but without the actual sprinkling of water. This individual is then baptized at a later time when he or she makes a profession of belief in God through Jesus Christ. Most of the time this baptism is by immersion. This means you are gently placed under the water and raised up out of the water as a sign of a new life in Christ. It is this type of baptism, one that is in response to a person's belief in Christ, that is most often referred to in the New Testament.