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Why Baptize Babies

Why do people baptize there babies? Yes,The bible says too be saved and baptized.but thats when your old anough to understand. Their too small to understand whats happening.

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sophia. * I don't understand "original sin". I don't blame children for their parents' sin. Sin requires action.*

The Apostle wrote that sin enter into the world through Adam. In order words, our corrupt nature is due to Adam. This is what we called "original sin" (the sin of our first parents).

There is a difference between "personal" sins [the ones you commit] and original sin [the ones you inherit because of Adam and Eve].
---Ramon on 12/11/07


#2 All are born sinful. Infants are sinful by nature. Psalm 51:5, "Behold, I [David] was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me." Original sin simply means our nature are corrupt and bound to do wicked.

God is not responsible for anything. He gave our first parents free-will.

Babies are baptize, not because they committed any sins, but because they have original sin as Saint John Chrysostom wrote. Baptism washes away all traces of sin.
---Ramon on 12/11/07


Whisper *And still not a one of you has found any scripture saying to ''BAPTIZE YOUR BABY''*

NT texts has been given that allude to baptism of babies.

And its not like you gave any Scriptures that forbid baptism of infants anyway.
---Ramon on 12/11/07


Jesus cleanses us...we have not much to do about it ..Just get Baptized!
Ezekiel 36
25 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean, I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you, I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.
---lisa on 12/11/07


"Original Sin" and "Fallen, sinful nature" are very similar terms. It depends on which Church you attend. Children are in no way held responsible for their parents' sins. When the Bible says that "the sins of the father are passed on, even to the third and fourth generation", it means that they sometimes suffer consequences, including the fact that sinful behavior is often times a learned behavior.
---Greyrider on 12/11/07




I don't understand "original sin". I don't blame children for their parents' sin. Sin requires action. It may also require a knowledge of right and wrong. If there is any sin by the parent, or if the Creator made us automatically with "original sin" then doesn't this mean that God is to blame for our "original sin", because obviously a newborn would not be to blame. Or perhaps "original sin" is proof of a previous life(like a spirit life or reincarnation).
---sophia on 12/11/07


"He who has ears to hear, let him hear"
Babies receive the Holy Spirit in baptism just like anyone else. It's all part of parents trying to lead their children into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ so that through that relationship they will find salvation. It begins the lifelong process of salvation. If you believe salvation is a "moment in time" experience, then baptizing babies will never make sense to you.
---Greyrider on 12/11/07


I don't see what difference this makes one way or another, as all babies go to heaven if the die anyway, And still not a one of you has found any scripture saying to ''BAPTIZE YOUR BABY''
---Whisper on 12/11/07


Lutherans baptise their babies too. I was baptised when I was only 3 months old, and my grand babies the same thing.
When the kid gets to be about 14 they will get 'confirmed' in which they will re-confirm their baptismal vows out loud in front of the church.
When they're babies the God parents speak for them and promise that they'll bring the baby up in line with God and the church.
---sue on 12/10/07


". . . infants require the same benefits of the Mediator, in order that, being washed by the sacrament and charity of the faithful, and thereby incorporated into the body of Christ, which is the Church, they may be reconciled to God. . .and delivered, and redeemed, and enlightened. But from what, if not from . .sin? . . .they do not commit any sin in the tender age of infancy by their actual transgression, original sin only is left."
Augustine,On forgiveness of sin and baptism,39[26](A.D 412)
---Ramon on 12/10/07




"But with respect to trine immersion in baptism, no truer answer can be given than what you have yourself felt to be right, namely that, where there is one faith, a diversity of usage does no harm to holy Church. Now we, in immersing thrice, signify the sacraments of the three days' sepulture, so that, when the infant is a third time lifted out of the water, the resurrection after a space of three days may be expressed."
Gregory the Great[regn A.D. 590-604],To Leander,Epistle 43(A.D. 591)
---Ramon on 12/10/07


#3 "For this reason, moreover, the Church received from the apostles the tradition of baptizing infants too."
Origen, Homily on Romans, V:9(A.D. 244),in JER,65

Christ welcomes all to His family, and through faith and baptism, we are adopted in His family of Holiness.

Luke 18:15 Jesus says, "Let the children come to me." The people brought infants to Jesus that he might touch them. This demonstrates that the receipt of grace is not dependent upon the age of reason.
---Ramon on 12/10/07


thanks!Donna!
I was baptized as a baby...and as you know our baptismal promises are renewed all throughout the year.
even through confirmation and first communion etc..
I am thankful to Jesus for this!
God Bless you and thanks for the bible verse!
---lisa on 12/10/07


#4 "Have you an infant child? Do not let sin get any opportunity, but let him be sanctified from his childhood, from his very tenderest age let him be consecrated by the Spirit. Fearest thou the Seal on account of the weakness of nature?" Gregory Nazianzen, Oration on Holy Baptism, 40:17 (A.D 381).

"We do baptize infants, although they are not guilty of any [personal] sins." John Chrysostom, Ad Neophytos (A.D. 388).

The kingdom of God belongs to children also (Mark 10:14)
---Ramon on 12/10/07


wivv and mima are biblically right on! There is no saving ingredient in Baptism. Baptism is symbolic of a spiritual transformation called salvation, that has taken place in a person's life. Baptism is an ordinance and the Lord's command given to the CHURCH/THE BODY OF CHRIST which consists of born again, washed by the blood of Christ, forgiven and heaven bound believers ONLY! (NOT A DENOMINATION)!It is a picture and public testimony and identification of you with Christ's death, burial and resurrection.
---FDH on 12/10/07


Jesus commanded all to be baptized, and none to be excluded. The only thing man offers or can impart in baptism is his whole undone self obeying the command, God is the one who does all the supernatural converting and sanctifying, not the undone clay of man nor clay of infant nor clay of woman. Please read Ezekiel 36:23-28, I Corinthians 7:14.
---Eloy on 12/10/07


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There's nothing wrong with baptizing babies, even so when the baptized infant grows up and understands better whom Jesus is, then they again may desire baptism to settle their own conscience. Personally i myself was baptized 3 times: Sprinkled as a baby, immersed as an adult in the Trinity, and immersed again as an adult in the formal Name of Jesus.
---Eloy on 12/10/07


There's nothing to the contrary excluding infants in scripture, but actually reads that all the households were baptized, including infants. The great commission instructs us that ALL should be baptized, again God's grace is for all the family. Matthew 28:19, Luke 3:21. I know certain religions deny baptism and communion to people, but Jesus spoke sharply against that. Please read Matthew 23:13, Luke 18:15-17.
---Eloy on 12/10/07


In the Bible whole families and children were baptized on the same day. Baptism originally is a family affair which is all-inclusive, after the family heard the gospel message, customarily the whole family got baptized. Please read Acts 2:38-41, 16:15,32,33, Luke 18:15-17.
---Eloy on 12/10/07


shirley and others-

All are born in a state of sinfulness, whether or not they have commit a sin or even have knowledge of sin. This is called "Original Sin" which is a Bible and Early Church teaching.

Psalm 51:5, "Behold, I [David] was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me."

David knew he was born in sin. He was sinful at birth. Baptism, through the calling on the name of Christ, washing away all traces of sin.
---Ramon on 12/10/07


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#2. You are right Donna that the Blood of Christ wash away sin, but through Baptism, in the name of Christ, all traces of sin are wash away. We are "reborn" through Baptism and join God's Holy Church/Family.

"And in what way are we saved? Plainly because we were regenerate through the grace given in our baptism."
Basil,On the Spirit,10:26(A.D. 375),in NPNF2,VIII:17.

Many Churches baptize infants. It's a long Tradition of the Church, and some NT texts allude to it.
---Ramon on 12/10/07


Donna - Here's your answer.
Ezekiel 36
25 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean, I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you, I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.
---Greyrider on 12/10/07


I recently found out the reason why Catholics baptize their babies. My friend said it was because it washes away their sins. I then asked her, "where does it say in the bible that water washes away sins?" I explained to her that only the Blood of Jesus can wash away our sins. She said that made sense to her too but she'll keep baptizing her babies anyway. At least we had a good discussion about it and now she knows the truth. She can choose to do what she wants with the truth.
---Donna on 12/10/07


WWhisper ... there is biblicql reference to baptising the whole household
---alan_of_UK on 12/10/07


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Acts 2:38-39 38 Then Peter said to them, Repent, and let EVERY ONE OF YOU be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you AND TO YOUR CHILDREN, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.

Peter believed in baptizing babies.
---Greyrider on 12/10/07


Acts 16:31-33 31 So they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household. 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and ALL HIS FAMILY WERE BAPTIZED.

Paul believed in baptizing babies.
---Greyrider on 12/10/07


Well,I have no idea why they would baptize a baby.It seems to be a tradition in some churchs.I have no idea where their churchs got this idea.You are not accountable for your sins until you are old enough to realize what a sin is or isn't.IMHO
---shirley on 12/9/07


I do not see it written anywhere in the Bible to baptize babies, They are not old enough to understand one way or another what is happening.
---Whisper on 12/9/07


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They are baptized for the same reasons as adults, because of the command and promise of God. The promise is given to ALL who recieve it. Baptizim is not our work but Gods promise. If we misunderstand it to be our work then we will never understand it. How awful it would be to deny our children the blessing and comfort of Holy Baptism. LCMS
---emtp on 12/9/07


baptize for small aged childern to enable them to be christian to be salvaged by the sacrifice of our lord jesus christ all the glory for him,immagine if this child died befor baptism then he will not be saved,and by early baptism we are helping him to approach the doctrine early
---maad on 12/9/07


God's instruction is for ALL to be baptized to be a part of God's family, he did not say, only adults or only those who understand. He said All, that's all inclusive. We are not to lean upon our own understanding or analysis, for as the heavens are higher then the earth so are his ways higher than our ways. God gave the promise of blessing to Abraham AND to all of his children, it's not just for Abraham or the adults who understand.
---Eloy on 12/9/07


* These groups are of the opinion that if the baby is baptized, it will go to heaven if it dies- even in later years.*

Not all Churches who practice Baby Baptism believe this.
---Ramon on 12/8/07


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The reason why the Roman Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church, and other Churches baptize infants is because of Original Sin (i.e., the sin of our first parents) which is passed down to all generation, and in turn, all are born in a state of sinfulness.

Psalm 51:5, "Behold, I [David] was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me."

Baptism is the washing away of sins. Infant circumcision was the sign of Old Covenant. Baptism is the sign of the New Covenant.
---Ramon on 12/8/07


The concept of infant baptism predates the 2nd Century, so it can thereby be considered a long tradition of the Christian Church.

Most, if not all, Churches who practice infant baptism does not state the infant baptism guarantees the child salvation.

"And they shall baptise the little children first. And if they can answer for themselves, let them answer. But if they cannot, let their parents answer or someone from their family." Hippolytus of Rome, Apostolic Tradition,21(A.D. 215)
---Ramon on 12/8/07


I agree with WIVV. As a child I considered myself a Christian because I had been baptised as a baby and we went to church. I was told that those things made me a Christian. I even considered school friends, who went to different churches where they baptised adults, to not be Christians because they had not been baptised as I had. I considered myself to be so much better than they were. Well, Well, what a lot I had to learn when I was eventually saved in my teens!!
---RitaH on 12/8/07


"Baptizing babies is the 'doctrine' of some denomiations - but it's a mistake. These groups are of the opinion that if the baby is baptized, it will go to heaven if it dies- even in later years"
Not all infant baptising churches believe that unbaptised babies go to hell.
My own church baptises infants, but more and more we have a dedication, which I believe is better.
---alan_of_UK on 12/8/07


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My baptism was not a mistake...nor was it wrong. And I was baptized as a baby.
I have faith accept Jesus, believe Jesus is our Savior and Lord God.
I am not wrong...please don't judge the hearts of fellow Christians!
---lisa on 12/8/07


Romans 6:3-9 > We have been "baptized into His death" (v. 3).
And through this baptism into His death we were "buried with Him" (v. 4).
I understand, that since the baptism into His death would come BEFORE burial, this "baptism into death " (v. 4) can not mean burial in water, but means dying to sin with Jesus on the cross. So, I can see the baptism with believing can mean repentance which brings baptism into Christ's death > not what you'd expect of an infant (o:
---Bill_bila5659 on 12/7/07


Regretably what WIVV has been stating is heresy. Baptism of infants has been normative Christian practice since the First Century. When a head of house hold was baptized all members of the house hold were baptized irrespective of age or volume of water used.
---notlaw99 on 12/7/07


Bcos they havent the light of God yet..they are just following the catholic's tradition .. just as other denominations do, they follow the teachings of man..
---pammy on 12/7/07


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Since baptism doesn't affect one's salvation one way or another (Christ saved the whole human race, Rom.5:18), it doesn't matter who gets baptized, or at what age.
---InimicusStultitiae on 12/7/07


Infant baptism has to do with an attempt by the churches to keep their people in fear. And the teaching that salvation comes with baptism is definitely anti-bible and therefore of Satan!!! Baptism is to be entered into after salvation has taken place. In every instance in the Bible this pattern(order) was followed.
---mima on 12/7/07


Baptizing babies is the 'doctrine' of some denomiations - but it's a mistake. These groups are of the opinion that if the baby is baptized, it will go to heaven if it dies- even in later years. What is legitimate is to dedicate babies. In the case of baby dedication, it's the parents to who publically saying they will bring that baby up to honor the Lord. It's has nothing to do with the baby's salvation, as a baby or later. That is a personal decision of each person.
---wivv on 12/7/07


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