Baptism IS rooted in Jewish ritual. It is also rooted in ritual of many other tribal groups. LAter Christians just put their own spin on the ritual.<quoted text>
There is no spirituality in Christianity. It has lots of Shits but zero spirituality.
Baptism is a big horse shit!
Let me tell you that this horse shit known as baptism has no place in judaism and neither it has any place in Islam.
Baptism has never been a requirement in the mainstream Judaism, so where did this shit of Baptism come from?
Jesus was living in a village far from Jerusalem. Various sects were living in those remote areas.
John had his own sect and he was dunking his followers in the river for a good wash and then the men repented. That is all there is to it.
This baptism of Jesus by John is such a horrible bad shit, which the Christians are not aware of and
do not realize what it means.
It means that John purified Jesus and that Jesus repented!
In Judaism, we have the Mikveh (Hebrew for gathering of waters - for purification), and Brit Milah (circumcision - entrance in the covenant). What the Christians did was kind of combine both ceremonies (without the snip snip of course) and added on the notion of original sin as to what one is being baptized from.
In Judaism we also have Tashlich before Yom Kippur (the collective "casting" of sins in the nearest river or waterbody). Which by the way brings up an interesting question as per the spiritual impact on anyone using that same waterbody downstream to "purify" themselves during baptism. Maybe that explains a lot of behavior.