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Are God-Parents Scriptural

Does anyone know if there are any scriptual references in the Bible about being a god-parent? What are your opinions on this?

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Basically,godparents promise to be spiritual mentors.Much like Elijah and Elisha,Paul and Timothy,etc..I believe RCC may have made it part of the baptismal(and later other sacraments)ceremony.It is a lovely tradition,and my godparents were basically like aunts and uncles to me.It is a shame people no longer seem to take it as seriously an honor as it should be.
---Judith on 10/25/07


Did you really mean to say "hymnals" are unscriptural Jack? (Matt. 26:39, Mk. 14:26, Eph. 5:19, Col. 3:16)
---Leon on 10/14/07


I have no idea what the role of a God-parent is in any other country but in the U.K. it has nothing to do with looking after children if parents die. Here they promise to help bring up the child in the Christian faith. This is supposed to be 'as well as' not 'instead of' the real parents. In reality this rarely happens as most do not take their vows seriously.
---RitaH on 10/12/07


Kady: "Godparents are meant to be spiritual guides/mentors..."

True that!!! :)
---Leon on 10/12/07


Godparents are meant to be spiritual guides/mentors, not legal guardians should anything happen to the parents, that's something completely different. That's not to say that the same couple couldn't be both, but a godparent is not a legal formality, as a guardian is. I believe it is a Catholic tradition, but wouldn't quote myself on that.
---kady on 10/12/07




Jack is right. The reason Christians used sponsors was that prior to Constantine, Christianity was not acceptable and often persecuted. New converts needed to be vouched for by a sponsor to ensure that a spy did not enter their ranks. All services were done in secret. The Mass was even said in the catecombs of the dead under Rome - Christian artwork depicts the symbolic elements of the Mass on the walls.
---lorra8574 on 10/11/07


I wonder if Eli, the priest, could've been considered the godfather of the Prophet Samuel? Could King David be thought of as being Mephibosheth's (son of Jonathan, grandson of King Saul) godfather? What can be said about the Prophet Elijah's relationship to Elisha? Also, could the apostle Paul have been considered Timothy's godfather?
---Leon on 10/11/07


I don't think there is particular instruction about god parents but there's certainly nothng wrong with making sure that your children are taken care of by trustworthy people in the case of the death of parents.
---john on 10/11/07


Godparents are about as scriptural as tv sets, radios, revivals, computers, hymnals, and other things dear to pop-evangelicals.

Properly they are called Sponsors in Baptism. Anciently, they vouched for the faith and reformed life and work of Christ in the life of a candidate for baptism.
---Jack on 10/11/07


Splaa ... Before you make such fatuous statements, why do you not do some research and find out what god-parents do? Find out what they promise.
---alan_of_UK on 10/11/07




Splaa ... Why do you not do some research and find out what god-parents do? Find out what they promise.
---alan_of_UK on 10/11/07


I haven't read it anywhere but I would guess that it's roots are RCC. I have known people who had God parents and have no idea where they are as adults. I suppose the purpose is to take custody of a child if anything happend to the parents. I will tell you this,any God parent whoul have a huge fight if they tried to take a grandchild of MINE.:)
---splaa6685 on 10/11/07


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