|Infant Baptism [message #11642]
||Mon, 06 July 2015 11:04
Registered: April 2008
Location: Birmingham, AL
Yesterday I was talking with a young woman who recently moved near me, I had thought to myself that she 'carried herself' like a Christian (joyful, friendly, modest,), so I had the opportunity to spend some time with her here in the business center(computer room). I asked her if she was a Christian and she responded that she was, so I asked if and where she 'went to church' and she named one of the local Presbyterian churches. I asked if she'd ever attended The Baptist church I go to and she said yes, but they wouldn't let her join so she went to the Presbyterian church. I asked why they wouldn't let her join, and she said that they wanted her to be baptized and she'd already been baptized as a child. |
Come to find out she'd been brought up in the Luthren church and still held to the belief that infant baptism was Biblical and correct. So I asked her but why go to a Presbyterian church and she said they believed that also. (I just had to research that because I must have forgotten.) Something came up that interrupted our conversation so I'm looking for the opportunity to talk more with her.
I had forgotten just how many of the 'denominations' believe in infant baptism/christening. I knew the Roman Catholics did and maybe a few more but as I started looking into it the majority of 'Christian' denominations baptize babies. There are several scriptures they use as Biblical examples to back up the practice...the mention in Acts where people were baptized, ...'and their households'... implying to them that that meant everyone in the house including the children.(Acts 2:39 and Acts16:14-15&33, I Corinthians. 1:16} I didn't have a chance to ask what about the example Jesus gave of Himself or how can a infant child "repent and be baptized".
Anyway, I hadn't really thought that much about infant baptism in quite a while and it was an eye opener to see just how many adhere to that practice.
[Updated on: Mon, 06 July 2015 11:15]
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