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Featured Infant Baptism

Discussion in 'Denomination Specific Theology' started by Baileyscave, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. Albion

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    I agree, but with no follow-up from our inquirer, I suppose it was inevitable. Maybe that just says we did a good job of answering her question.
     
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  4. TKA_TN

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    "This promise is for you and your children..." is what Peter says right after that.
     
  5. TKA_TN

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    You're right. To the OP, this is a great post to look at. Sorry I have taken part in the debate.
     
  6. Albion

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    The only reason that instances are recorded in the New Testament of followers of Christ speaking to adult converts about being baptized is because, when the whole world is to be evangelized, OF COURSE they would go first to adults! Wouldn't you? You wouldn't expect them to cruise schoolyards trying to convince children, would you???? But when it says that "whole households" were baptized, as the NT says, it means children, too.

    In fact, it is ludicrous to assume (which advocates of "believers baptism" often do) either that 1) there were no children in the households of people of that place and time OR that 2) the parents would join a new religion and insist that their own children be excluded from it.
     
  7. PoppyB

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    I have three grown up children. They were all Christened/'baptised' as babies. None of them have yet chosen to follow Jesus.
     
  8. PoppyB

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    Quite right, when my children accept Jesus I will encourage them to be baptised.
     
  9. JacksBratt

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    I understand what you are saying.. but, what good did the baptism do? Does it have any lasting effect?
     
  10. PoppyB

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    No it didn't. Because they didn't make the choice. I wasn't a Christian then and I did it because it was what people did. Not based on a relationship with Jesus. That is why I am so strongly against infant 'baptism'. Many people who have been through that 'baptism' as infants are then under the false impression that it was a true baptism but it isn't. We can only truly be baptised after we make the choice to follow Jesus, whatever certain churches say. In the end God's authority overrules that of the church.
     
  11. Albion

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    And that proves what about them as people who received God's sacrament in infancy?

    There are all sorts of people who leave the church in later life, or OTOH grow in grace instead...or just about any other scenario you can mention.

    Baptism is important and beneficial; that doesn't mean it guarantees a certain outcome--not anymore than receiving a 'Believers Baptism' as a teenager or adult does.
     
  12. Baileyscave

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    I am still here! Reading all the replies, and they have given me a lot of food for thought. I admit, I am ALL OVER THE PLACE! One moment to the next with how I feel about this. One regard, I see how baptism as infants is in the Bible (OT), but that it does not guarantee nor the same as a believers baptism. I inquired about another local, huge church about a dedication service. I have also thought about the local Presbyterian church (The Lutheran Montessori churches suggested by an earlier poster are unfortunately over a 45 minute drive from my house). I am also thinking of what everyone is saying how infant baptism is no guarantee my daughter will become and accept Christ growing up. I do want the best church environment for that, however I am really torn between something traditional, versus a more contemporary church that will speak more on her level growing up. Definitely do not want to create a lot of controversy by saying that, but I do realize kids need something that will speak to their level and feed them spiritually, as well as us as parents. I have a lot of important decisions to make!
     
  13. Baileyscave

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    By the way, thank you to everyone who has replied thus far. I am sharing these posts with my husband and all of the posters are giving us very important food for thought. Thank you very blessing us with a response, and even challenging us and why/how we believe, asking ourselves what is important at this point...
     
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  14. PoppyB

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    It's not supposed to prove anything. They are all lovely people who in spite of being 'baptised' as infants have not had much to do with church because when they were little I wasn't a Christian. And now that I am I wouldn't do it. As a Christian I would want my babies to be blessed and prayed over and then choose to come to Jesus and then be baptised by their own choice.
     
  15. Albion

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    Okay. I guess I just don't follow the logic there. There seems to be a firm decision against (although for no particular reason) giving ones children the benefit of the sacrament, not an absence of a preference one way or the other.
     
  16. Servant of Yeshua

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    I do feel very badly that it sounds like a debate. What you asked is exactly what I was wondering since none of my 3 kids were baptised as infants. Believe me I do want the best for the person's baby who asked the question. I pray right now that the child would come to know and love the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind and strength from a very early age and that they would never depart from it and live the most blessed spirit filled life for Christ.

    But, before a decision is made, I think it is very healthy to make certain that we are not doing just doing man made rituals just to satisfy a relative, tradition or out of a fear or concern that we cannot trust God to save those who die prior to coming to the age of decision, or that we are trying to find a 100% certain way to save our children for them, instead of allowing them to come to their own love for Christ and accepting His call to them.

    Many who are baptised just could care less about the Lord as children and adults, but then feel they are "good to go" because of their infant baptism. You can tell a tree by its fruit. Infant baptism does not seem to bear fruit.

    So my concern is that If infant baptism is the only way a child would get grace from our good God, then I am truly concerned about all those aborted babies and those that are born and die young. Did God knit them in the womb to perish? Why does infant baptism not seem to have any notable bearing on whether that child seems to have a grace filled life. "As a child, Hitler was baptized into the Catholic Church. He was an altar boy, and at one point he even wanted to become a priest. But as history would later show, a church member and a Christian are two different things." ( taken from Ray Comfort, the author of Hitler, God & the Bible. ). I am not saying this in itself is a reason not to have an infant baptism (because of course he is the extreme), but that it is certainly not a cure all for the human condition of sin. But yet baptism in the scripture is supposed to signify a "re-birth". That one is born again as Jesus described in John 3:5.

    This is certainly is a confusing topic and I guess God knows in your heart your motivation. That is the great thing about God. He knows our heart and our inner-most desire. I truly believe that if infant baptism were something that God needed us to do for our children, that it would have been clearer since the scriptures do say that there is to be only 1 baptism. Peace to you all as you pray for wisdom from the Lord who gives generously to all those who ask.
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  17. PoppyB

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    It's quite a decision to make and I pray you will find your answer. God will guide you.

    I became a Christian when my son was a baby, and although we had a brilliant church where he was baptised and another brilliant church where his dad and I were baptised, which had a wonderful children's ministry, he is still not a Christian. You can teach you babies about Jesus but you can't make them love him. That has to be their own decision.
     
  18. PoppyB

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    I don't count infant 'baptism' as a sacrament. To me it is pointless. And the logic was that it guarantees nothing.
     
  19. Albion

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    If you say "many," I guess we cannot second-guess it since who knows how many "many" is or which people that includes? ;)

    However, I strenuously disagree with the idea that baptizing a child doesn't bear fruit. While that is possible--just as it is with people who wait until they are teens or adults, remember--I know all sort of people who felt special growing up knowing that they were the children of God and part of the church that their parents took them to and taught them about. To say to them that they aren't eligible, etc. does not seem a good way to insure that the faith will seem personal and/or meaningful to them!

    And that is to say nothing about the grace imparted by the sacrament.
     
  20. JacksBratt

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    Thank you for that information... that is one of my arguments against the false hope or false security of "infant baptism"..... It may make the parent sleep better but only because the Priest tells them it does anything.

    The child will still grow up and follow their roads.
     
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