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Should I Baptise My Kids

Can I have god parents legally without baptising my children?

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All godparents do are promise to be there to help with the child's spiritual upbringing- helping them towards Jesus as they grow older. We don't baptise- it's not biblical- we dedicate. And if godparents are chosen, they stand on the platform with the parents during the ceremony, and a special charge is given them. Go ahead & choose your godparents- you don't have to baptise your kids.
---Ann5758 on 5/24/08

Certainly Jana, there are many, but the most obvious is Colossians 2:11-12

"and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead."
---lorra8574 on 6/28/07

Jana, I just double checked and the passage that I gave you was not only the clearest, it was the only one that makes the connection at all unless you also understand the purpose of Jewish circumcision and Christian Baptism, which is all that and more.
---lorra8574 on 6/28/07

lorra: where can I find this text about the Jewish equivalent to baptism is circumcision?
---jana on 6/28/07

M.A. See Mark 1:4, Luke 3:3 - these describe the Baptism of John which is a precurser to our Baptism into Christ.

Then see Colossians 2:11-13, not to be viewed without acknowledging 1 Peter 3:21-23 Baptism is a like figure to Noah's ark where we are saved by "water".

One of the purposes of Baptism is to cleanse us of our sins with the symbolic use of water.
---lorra8574 on 6/26/07

Elder, the Jewish equivalent to Christian baptism was circumcision, and Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to be circumcised at eight days, not 30 years. Jesus probably participated in numerous Jewish baptisms before being baptised by John, but this baptism was special because Jesus was elevating it to a whole new level, joining all baptised believers to Himself through this process.
---lorra8574 on 6/26/07

There is no legal basis for Godparents. This is a church related issue, not a legal issue. Legally, you name guardians for your children should something happen to you while they are minors. Godparents are a church matter. If you do not baptise your children, there is no need for Godparents.
---Madison on 6/26/07

Baptism has nothing to do with absolving sin (original or otherwise). It is an outward sign that one believes absolutely that Jesus was who He said He was and that He died for that person's sins (in their place) so that they could have eternal life with Him. It is at the point one accepts Christ that sins are forgiven, not at baptism. Anyone who does not accept Jesus in this way should not ask to be baptised.
---M.A. on 1/7/06

Alan :: Jesus advocated the baptism for the forgiveness of Sins "Go ye therefore Baptising them in the name of the Father & of the son & of the HS whose sins you shall forgive they are forgiven whose sins you shall retain they are retained." The sign of washing indicates the absolving of Sin. ITS an outward sign of inward grace.
---Emcee on 1/6/06

Then the pastor says "I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen." The candidate is then laid in the water, and brought back up again, after being completely submerged. No absolution at all takes place, just public obedience to a command of the Lord. Repent and be baptized.
---Madison on 1/6/06

Emcee: Baptism in my church has nothing to do with absolving sins. It is an ordinance of our church whereby we publicly declare our faith in Christ, and recreate the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord.

We baptize in a pool, and the candidate usually quotes a Bible verse that gives them assuarance of salvation, and then the Pastor asks if they have acceped Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.
---Madison on 1/6/06

Alan & Madison:: what actually transpires at Baptism? what is the purpose of Baptism? Do we get absolved of sins @ Baptism? If so why not Original Sin?What is the sin of our First Parents called? Did we commit this sin?
---Emcee on 1/6/06

Emcee ... I agree that the choice of godparents needs careful and prayerful consideration. But like Madison, I believe that it does not remove original sin. I also believe that it is superstition that an unbaptised infant goes to hell.
---alan8869_of_UK on 1/6/06

If infants should be Baptized why did Joseph and Mary allow Jesus to wait until His 30s to be Baptized? Don't you think that as his parents they would have done that for Him?
If an infant dies and is not baptized where does the little one go? Why is that?
---Elder on 1/6/06

Emcee: There is no place in the Bible that indicates that when an infant is baptized their original sin is removed. That is a Catholic doctrine that is rooted in the Catholic beliefs and not scriptures.

It is my understanding that no man can remove another person's sins for them by baptism, but that each individual must confess and repent and accept Christ as savior to have their sins forgiven.
---Madison on 1/5/06

Alan::You have covered all aspects of Baptism. The choice of God parents is for Spiritual Guidance. But in this day & age uncertaintity is a going fashion, & one cannot foretell the future. However the main thing that takes place is the removal of Original sin which barr is removed for admittance to heaven in the case of an infant or adult for the first time. The question of presents & other gratitous worldly items are just custom.
---Emcee on 1/5/06

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# 4 I cannot see that the term "godparents" should be used where there is no involvement of the church and no dedication or baptism, and no promise made to bring up the child to know God. Without that promise, the title "god-parent" is a lie.
---alan8869_of_UK on 1/4/06

# 3 Many Christians have their children dedicated instead of baptised, recognising that baptism is only for believers. Promises will be made by the parents and sponsors, to bring the child up to love Jesus. I do not see why those sponsors, who have made that solemn promise, should not be called "god-parents".
---alan8869_of_UK on 1/4/06

# 2 Many Christians have their children baptised, and have godparents, who will make promises to help bring up the child to love Jesus. This ceremony brings the child into the family of the church. Some believe that the baptism itself "saves" the child.
---alan8869_of_UK on 1/4/06

# 1 Many non Christians have their children "christened" with god-parents. Although they all say the words, they don't mean them, and the "god-parents" do nothing to help teach the children about Jesus. But I suppose they are extra people to give the kids presents.
---alan8869_of_UK on 1/4/06

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I take it that your children are saved? If they are babies there is no Scriptural teaching to baptize them. But if they are already saved then it is by far more Scriptural for you to baptize them than to have god parents.There is nothing legal or illegal with godparents is there? I thought it was just some church rule or personal preference.
---john on 1/4/06

Baptism is only for those who have acceptted Christ as their personal Savoir. Babies or children are dedicated but not baptised. The parents and god-parents are then challenged to raise that child or baby in a Christian manner. Be very sure of who you pick as god-parents, they will be responsible for that child should neither parent not be able to carry out their duties.
---WIVV on 1/3/06

Having god parents, and getting baptized are two separate issues. i suppose you could order in the court who the god parents are to be, you would have to check with your local courts where you live, but i've never heard of making god parents legal. As far as baptism goes, baptism is God's blessing for whole families, and every person in the house should be baptized.
---Eloy on 1/3/06

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