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Infant Baptism and Adult/Young child Baptism

Discussion in 'Requests for Christian Advice' started by PrincessofGod18, Oct 29, 2018.

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  1. KateSp

    KateSp New Member

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    Thank you all. I think it's better to wait and let the son decide on his own.
     
  2. Albion

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    I think he's wrong to take that approach. Its more of a "civil rights" kind of political or social concept than a religious one, but if you cannot dissuade him then there may not be much that can be done anyway. What does your church or pastor say about it?
     
  3. KateSp

    KateSp New Member

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    Pastor advises us to involve baby now, or at least as soon as possible. But he doesn't push or insist. From the other hand, I realize his actions and his position. If a baby from childhood will be a Christian, the chance that he in adulthood change his opinion and faith is really low.
     
  4. Albion

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    I recommend going with what your pastor advised. He is your spiritual advisor after all. It sounds as though he doesn't want to sound dictatorial about it, but he obviously is offering you his educated answer based upon the stance of his church as well as his study of both Scripture and past experiences with other parents and their children.
     
  5. hu1tz

    hu1tz New Member

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    they believe that infant baptism replaced circumsicion. so its an act of faith for the parents, rather than the child. and the child will later come to realize what was done on his behalf
     
  6. Albion

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    It is believed that baptism marks one as a member of Christs church, forgives sin (or reassures the recipient of God's forgiveness), and imparts grace from the Holy Spirit. Because Scripture indicates also that infants or young children were baptized, these all explain why it is done in the churches that most Christians belong to.
     
  7. PloverWing

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    One analogy might be with other kinds of education that parents give their children. When my children were young, we tried to expose them to a wide range of learning experiences. They took dance lessons, piano lessons, martial arts lessons. We gave them dolls, building toys, board games, dress-up items, books. We talked to them about nature and cooking and math and things in the news. In other words, we gave them opportunities to experience a wide range of aspects of life. As they got older, they selected some of these areas to specialize in, and also made some substitutions (viola instead of piano, gymnastics instead of dance). But they wouldn't have known what there is in life to choose from if we hadn't exposed them to a range of options.

    So, with religious education, I recommend that you include them in the practice of your faith. Take them to church, tell them about your beliefs, and let them see how you practice your faith at home. Maybe, as adults, they'll choose the same faith as yours, or maybe they'll choose something different; but they'll have a vocabulary and a set of religious experiences that can serve as a beginning point for their adult choices.
     
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