(Closed) Baptism?!

posted 6 years ago in Parenting
  • poll: Did you/are you going to baptize your baby?
    Yes : (40 votes)
    40 %
    No : (49 votes)
    49 %
    Maybe : (9 votes)
    9 %
    Whaa?? : (3 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 4
    11233 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I’m Agnostic, but was baptized as a baby. I disagree with the process, because you’re forcing your decisions on your child, rather than allowing them to make a very personal decision for themselves.

    Post # 5
    10366 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @vorpalette:  This x 1000. Totally disagree with indoctrinating a child through Baptism.

    Post # 6
    330 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Hmm. I was baptised at age 8, after I requested to be baptised. I’d been attending church and Sunday school with my cousins for a couple year and I made the choice. My husband was baptised at 16, for similar reasons.

    I was raised Lutheran, where it is NOT common to do infant baptisim. It’s something you do later, 6-8 years old. But, my family was pretty relaxed. My dad never went to church (he works 6 days a week and said that Sunday, as his day off, was not going to be wasted in church when he could be outside), my brothers rarely. My mom and I went fairly regularly, although we don’t any more. Lutherans believe that we should choose to be baptised (6-8 years old, usually), given first communion (10-12), and confirmed (12-14). I don’t regret any of those decisions.

    My Mother-In-Law is Catholic, my Father-In-Law is agnostic. So Darling Husband didn’t go to church much growing up. In high school he started going more often and got involved. That’s when he decided to be baptised. Catholics do infant baptism, first communium at ~7-8 & confirmation at 17-18. We’ve already decided that our future childen will be exposed to both and allowed to choose. We may not regularly attend anymore (it can be stressful to find a community you “click” with. It’s like making new friends in a new city), but we want our future kids to have options and be aware of the possiblities.

    So, no. No infant baptism.

    Post # 7
    1123 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    From what I’ve experienced only a select few churches will baptize a baby and most of the time you have to be a member. I tried with my child but it didn’t work.

    Most churchs will have you wait until the child asks to be baptized.

    Post # 8
    11422 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I’m an evangelical Christian, and we actually do not baptize infants. Rather, we dedicate babies (based on the Old Testament example of Hannah bringing Samuel to the temple to be dedicated to the Lord.)

    Children, teens, and adults are later baptized at an age when each person has made a personal decision to commit his or her life to Christ and to follow Him through water baptism, at whatever age that may be.

    Post # 9
    5543 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Our children will be baptised into the church if or when they decide they want to. I go to a church that also does “baby Dedication” but it isn’t the same as baptism as it is mroe about the parent’s commitment to raising the child in church, not adding the baby to the church or whatever the reason behind baby baptism is. 

    Post # 10
    542 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    As a faithful Catholic, I will have my children baptised as infants.

    It’s a personal desicion like many personal decisions that you make in your child’s life. In their early years you make a lot of important decisions that shape their whole lives, before they have the ability to choose anything.

    For those of you saying “indoctrination” etc, I think it is impossible not pass on your beliefs to your child, even if those beliefs are “non-beliefs”

    Post # 11
    4354 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Another Catholic bee planning on baptising our baby as an infant.

    Post # 12
    2214 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Nope. I plan to teach my children about many different religions and let them decide for themselves which one their beliefs align with rather than making their belief align with a particular religion that I choose. And if they want to get baptised in that religion, it will be their decision.

    Post # 13
    1865 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I am a Christian and I will not be baptizing my children.  I believe in DEDICATING (something entirely different) and I would like to have a dedication ceremony.  Baptism, however, is something that is personal to their walk with Christ and I want them to make that decision for themselves.  I would/will be thrilled if they decide to take that step, but I will not force it on them. 

    I was dedicated as an infant, but I wasn’t baptized until 21, when I could make the choice and know that it was what I needed to do. 

    Post # 14
    221 posts
    Helper bee

    Me and SO are both catholic so yes we will have our children baptised. It’s a long standing tradition in my family but SO’s family doesn’t go to church so we came to the decsion together. Now in the future if they decide to not attend church or be a member that’s their choice. I have alot of cousins who were baptised as babies but don’t go to church now.

    Post # 15
    701 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    Yes, we will definitely babtize our children. My Darling Husband and I (along with our denomination) do not believe that baptism saves though.

    Post # 16
    5219 posts
    Bee Keeper

    When we have them we will not be baptizing, but we will dedicate. They can be baptized if/when they reach a point in their own personal faith to make that decision on their own.

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