Baptism

@aln1216 (207)
United States
July 2, 2007 4:24pm CST
Should we Baptise our children at a young age or wait till there old enough to decide on there own?
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@luvcatzzz (208)
• United States
2 Jul 07
my opinion is that you can DEDICATE the baby and parents to God... but that baptism is something that one must decide for oneself... i know each branch of organized religion thinks differently about this, but that's just my opinion...
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@aln1216 (207)
• United States
2 Jul 07
yes i agree that it should be left up to the child as they get older they need to find out what works for them as to bliving in god
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• United States
2 Jul 07
I personally think that a blessing if fine. However, I feel that religion is a very personal and committed decision that should not be taken lightly. I think that one should be old enough to decide what's right for that person.
@aln1216 (207)
• United States
2 Jul 07
yes it is one of the decisions that sould not be taken i think if baptised as a baby you comit that child to something they may not like i was baptised as a baby but also now religion intregs me so i visit other churches
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• United States
3 Jul 07
That is a GREAT thing to do---its often VERY interesting to me to read about or participate with other religions. I, myself, am Pagan however, I have allowed my children to attend many different churches and sample many religions, just so they can understand before making a commitment.
@aln1216 (207)
• United States
5 Jul 07
well i agree with that anyone should sample different religions to see what works for them
@ryanphil01 (4186)
• Philippines
2 Jul 07
it depends on what religion or faith you believe in. personally, it would be more meaningful if we allow our kids to be baptized when they are old enough to understand the significance of baptism. it's very important that the kids should undergo indoctrination as to the teachings of God, salvation through the Lord, following God's commandments, and many more. baptism is a personal choice, i think and accepting the Lord as your Saviour is again a personal decision and supposedly not influenced by the parents.
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@aln1216 (207)
• United States
2 Jul 07
very true in bouth cases it all come down to a childs choice and decision but it should be consider very well understood and versed in which they chose
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@Inky261 (2524)
• Germany
2 Jul 07
Let me tell you first that my parents had me baptised when I was a year old. The story goes that I screemed very loud in the church "no"! I was baptised anyhow and I like it, I like the religion that I was brought up with. Somewhen along the line I got married to an atheist. We could not agree on getting our child baptised. So she was to decide for herself when old enough. When she was old enough she decided for herself on a non Christian faith. I am very sad about it.
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@aln1216 (207)
• United States
2 Jul 07
yes i was baptised a week after birth thats what our religion rules were then but i think it din't hurt my children were also but i alway explaned to them that they had a choice later in life and that as long as they belived in god and flowwed his comandment it would matter which religion they were Sorry to hear aout your sorrows of the chice yor child made i would also feel that way if i was in that situation Pray for Her As i will
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@sodapop (977)
• United States
4 Jul 07
In my religion we baptise babies as soon as possible. In my religion, baptism is done to have God watch over the child until it is old enough to chose it's own religion. If it chooses ours, then they go through 2 years of conformation in junior high, and then we leave it up to them if they want to be a confirmed member of our church. At lease this way, they know all about our religion and can make a dicission.
@aln1216 (207)
• United States
4 Jul 07
well i n our church we do the same as to baptism but then in fist or 2nd grade we have First communion and then in 7-8 grade have conformation it seem to be a requirement but also i Give my children the choice if they want to stay in it or go to a what they prefer religion
@sodapop (977)
• United States
4 Jul 07
Your right...my kids are so old, I forgot, we do have first communion classes for our 5th graders. You have to finish all the classes before you can receive communion. Then conformation is 7-8 grade.
@aln1216 (207)
• United States
5 Jul 07
yes it seems to have changed sence i went through it years ago have to say i mar first communion at least 50 years ago
@182680 (59)
• Netherlands
5 Jul 07
My opinion (also from my religion) is that children must be baptised a few days after they are born. We believe that baptising has come in the place of circumcision. And that is for young children. I know that there are more opinions, but this is mine. When the child id old enough (around 18-19 years)he can say yes to God, we are calling this confession (I do not know the excact word in english)
@aln1216 (207)
• United States
5 Jul 07
yes ours to they want them baptised as soon as possible i can see that as well as first communion and actually in ours befor you can do first communion you do a first confession heck whats a 6-7 year oold have to confess
• United States
3 Jul 07
wait we cannot make even our children christians this has to be a personal desision! we can dedicate them but to baptise before the age of reason is both unecesary and useless. as someone once said God has no grandchildren we become a child of god because we personaly choose to not because it is what our parents desire !
@aln1216 (207)
• United States
3 Jul 07
Yes this is true we do because or parent chose but we still can change that as we get older the understanding of it should be first before the decision and it is a personal choice for each of us
• United States
3 Jul 07
I believe a that every person has to make a personal choice to be baptized. My children were dedicated but we are waiting until they understand and make the decision to be baptized themselves. Some children will understand and make the choice earlier than others, some children may never make that choice. I believe that baptism is a public profession of faith in Christ. I know that there are different denominations that have different views, so this is just my personal opinion.
@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
2 Jul 07
I guess it depends on the person's religion and their beliefs. As for me I waited and let my kids decide what religion and when and or if they would be baptized. 2 of my 3 chose to be baptized the same religion as I am and the the other one was baptized a different religion.
@aln1216 (207)
• United States
2 Jul 07
well thats the best thing as long as they belive and follow gods laws what difrence would it make what religion they are Worsip is between you and God as you see him