Answering The Atheist
May 30, 2004 / Volume 4, Issue 22
THE ATHEIST'S COMPLAINT:
In whose name is baptism to be performed? Matthew 28:19 says "...in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit", but other texts say "in the name of Jesus" (Acts 2:38; 8:12, 16; 10:48; 19:5). Is there a contradiction?
Both the questioner and many in the religious world are looking for a specific formula which is to be said at the time of baptism. The Bible does not supply a formula. When one is baptized "...in the name of...", it means by the authority of. Baptism in the name of Jesus is the same as baptism in the name of the "Father..Son...Holy Spirit" In both cases, it is by the authority of God.
There is no contradiction.
This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible