Infant baptism

United States
January 30, 2007 9:58am CST
I don't believe in it, there is nothing to back it up in the scriptures. I don't believe anyone can decide that someone else should be baptized, I think only the person being baptized can decide that for themselves. What do you all think, does your church do it or not? If so, do you participate or not? If not, do you wish they did?
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• United States
7 Feb 07
I personally think that all infant baptism does is get the baby wet. From how I interpret the bible we get baptised as a way to show those around us that we have accepted Christ as our personal savior. The water has no saving powers or life changing qualities. Its just water. My church does infant dedications, which is where the parents bring the child to the front of the church and make a committment to raise the child in a good christian home and set a good christian example.
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• United States
8 Feb 07
Yeah I like the infant dedication thing. It makes much more sense to me. I also believe that baptism is a public proclamation of your faith and nothing more. I don't believe one has to be baptized in order to go to Heaven. And I can't find any scripture to back up infant baptism. The more I talk to people in the Methodist church, which is where we go, the more I realize that their 'infant baptism' is pretty much the same as our 'infant dedication'. They are saying the same thing. I just don't know why the baptism has to be a part of it.
@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
7 Feb 07
I agree with you completely. I was baptized a catholic when I was an infant. While that was fine for my parents, it doesn't work for me. I don't really want anything to do with the catholic religion. I think that we should all be able to decide for ourselves what religion we want and whether or not we want to be baptized. I really don't think any god would abandon a child because they were not baptized.
• United States
8 Feb 07
Right, I would have been upset if my parent's had done that to me I think. It is your job to teach your children about your beliefs but not to force them on them.