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When were you baptised?

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When were you baptised?

  • As a baby

    Votes: 26 16.1%
  • As a teenager

    Votes: 37 23.0%
  • As an adult

    Votes: 48 29.8%
  • Both as a baby and later in life (teen or adult)...is that allowed?

    Votes: 38 23.6%
  • I was never baptised

    Votes: 12 7.5%

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I was baptized in the ocean at Pirates Cove during the 'Jesus Movement' in Southern California at 17 in 1972.

Just me and 1500 or so of my closest friends...

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Baptised of His holy fire of refinement and sin cleansing. Not yet of water in front of my church. Yet anyway :)
 
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I was baptised as a baby but I was then confirmed at the age of 14/15 which is basically a second baptism because it's when you make the 'adult' decision for yourself to actually be a part of the church.
 
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I was baptised as a baby but I was then confirmed at the age of 14/15 which is basically a second baptism because it's when you make the 'adult' decision for yourself to actually be a part of the church.
Are there are any scriptures that instruct infant baptism or adult confirmation?

Or are these ceremonies man-made religious rituals?
 
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I wouldn't know, I haven't searched for any. I assume they are man-made though seeing as religion itself and the majority of religious rituals are man-made. Baptism is baptism, regardless of the age - confirmation is still technically a baptism. I'm not quite sure what point you are making though.
 
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Are there are any scriptures that instruct infant baptism or adult confirmation?

Or are these ceremonies man-made religious rituals?
Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who went down and prayed for them, that they might receive the holy Spirit, for it had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them and they received the holy Spirit. - Acts 14:17
 
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IMHO, infant baptism is not Biblical. In every case in the Bible when someone is baptized, they are born again first.

Some denominations believe that infant baptism washes away original sin. However, that is their tradition and not from the bible. I was Christened when I was a baby, but was baptized by immersion after I was born again. IMHO, again, baptism by immersion is the Biblical way.
"And he took them that very hour of the night and washed their wounds, and immediately he was baptized, he and all his household." - Acts 16:33

He and his family - which would include children, no?
 
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I was baptized as a baby. I grew up as a Christian and have dedicated myself to Jesus Christ as my savior. I was confirmed as an adult.

Confirmation is seen by many as a completion of baptism for some Christians. As I pointed out in scripture, people were baptized and then there was a laying on of hands. This was done by later groups by a bishop (seen as the successors of the apostles). As Christianity spread, it was harder for bishops to baptize individuals every time one took place. So, the bishops delayed the laying on of hands, traveling to remote areas once in a while to 'confirm'. Today, Catholics, Anglicans, Methodists, Lutherans and others continue this practice.
 
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Physical baptism? Id like to think I've already shown a devotion to Jesus to others in my church and friends and family, the physical baptism will occur though when it is time. Probably when I drop a lot of my weight; that way it won't be so dangerous for me.
 
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Physical baptism? Id like to think I've already shown a devotion to Jesus to others in my church and friends and family, the physical baptism will occur though when it is time. Probably when I drop a lot of my weight; that way it won't be so dangerous for me.

I once sprinkled a woman who has cancer and only a few days to live. I told her is was a symbol of a symbol, that her desire to follow Jesus in the nearest way possible to emersion, which was sprinkling her with saying in the name fo the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, I sprinkle you in place of full emersion. She died in peace. My deacons never knew, I am sure they would never have agreed for me to do it. I believe I did as Jesus wanted me to do. I have never done it again, but would do it again is so required such as your weight conditions. Blessings friend.
 
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I think it is a shame that the deacons would have looked down on you for that. In fact, I refuse to be a part of any church that places tradition over what God may will for his children. I will not judge them though as that is simply not for me to do. But the thank God that He sent the Holy Spirit to guide us in His will.
 
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I think it is a shame that the deacons would have looked down on you for that. In fact, I refuse to be a part of any church that places tradition over what God may will for his children. I will not judge them though as that is simply not for me to do. But the thank God that He sent the Holy Spirit to guide us in His will.
It's not so much traditions but rather examples that Jesus gave us that we follow. I do not agree sprinkling is a right way, but in her situation it was the only way, one which is NOT Biblical. I believe as I said it was a symbol of a symbol. WE should stay with the example Christ set for us. Do you understand better now?
 
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Infant baptism has some value. Prayers are said, blessings are made, at least the parents are going to the church (and hopefully they'll remain or continue to attend). There are "god parents" who are supposed to look out for the spiritual well-being of the child.

But it is not real baptism. 1 Peter 3:21 says water baptism involves an answer of a good conscience:

1 Peter 3:21 "The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) "

The word conscience means "with knowledge". A baby does not have the ability to answer, or understand or have the required knowledge to be baptized.
 
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Infant baptism has some value. Prayers are said, blessings are made, at least the parents are going to the church (and hopefully they'll remain or continue to attend). There are "god parents" who are supposed to look out for the spiritual well-being of the child.

But it is not real baptism. 1 Peter 3:21 says water baptism involves an answer of a good conscience:

1 Peter 3:21 "The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) "

The word conscience means "with knowledge". A baby does not have the ability to answer, or understand or have the required knowledge to be baptized.
I mean no disrespect but I have some issues with some of this thinking, I won't say it is wrong, for who of us really know everything exactly: Proverbs 3:5-6
  • But it is not real baptism. 1 Peter 3:21 says water baptism involves an answer of a good conscience:
    What is real baptism?

  1. I think your saying it is water first then a good conscience toward God.
  2. Communicating via typed messages is difficult; I always prefer face to face, otherwise there is the inherit problem of "lost in translation". So, please don't let me put words in your mouth. Your saying" it is not real baptism means that some baptism work and some don't work.
  3. So when they work, you have a change in conscience, a good conscience toward God. Is this change not also synonymous to being "Born Again" and receiving the Holy Ghost in you?
  4. So when it is not real, can't be the water, because your in it, must be you didn't have a change in conscience toward God. How does that work?
  5. Here in lies the rub with me. The mind is a complicated thing, who of us is to say, at any given time that a person did this or they did that; it is their conscience not our will for them to have a good one. So, again, it appears to me that it is possible for some water baptisms not to take. What do you do, try-try again? The issue here is what if a person feels no change in there conscience or , much less, there situation of doubt...maybe they are not worthy of salvation, maybe they are not one of the chosen and that God doesn't love them. God forbid, what if they are try again and nothing happens in their mind? Bondage to untruth!

  • I have too many times in my life, seen those that are held in bondage that they are not savable: water didn't work, I keep asking for forgiveness everyday but nothing has change in my life, I can't speak in tongues and the list goes on.
  • It can and is a beautiful outward expression of your love for God but the water has nothing to do with it.
  • A baby does not have the ability to answer, or understand or have the required knowledge to be baptized. So, how are babies saved? Jesus said: Luke 18:16....how do you think that works?
 
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I mean no disrespect but I have some issues with some of this thinking, I won't say it is wrong, for who of us really know everything exactly: Proverbs 3:5-6
  • But it is not real baptism. 1 Peter 3:21 says water baptism involves an answer of a good conscience:
    What is real baptism?

  1. I think your saying it is water first then a good conscience toward God.
  2. Communicating via typed messages is difficult; I always prefer face to face, otherwise there is the inherit problem of "lost in translation". So, please don't let me put words in your mouth. Your saying" it is not real baptism means that some baptism work and some don't work.
  3. So when they work, you have a change in conscience, a good conscience toward God. Is this change not also synonymous to being "Born Again" and receiving the Holy Ghost in you?
  4. So when it is not real, can't be the water, because your in it, must be you didn't have a change in conscience toward God. How does that work?
  5. Here in lies the rub with me. The mind is a complicated thing, who of us is to say, at any given time that a person did this or they did that; it is their conscience not our will for them to have a good one. So, again, it appears to me that it is possible for some water baptisms not to take. What do you do, try-try again? The issue here is what if a person feels no change in there conscience or , much less, there situation of doubt...maybe they are not worthy of salvation, maybe they are not one of the chosen and that God doesn't love them. God forbid, what if they are try again and nothing happens in their mind? Bondage to untruth!

  • I have too many times in my life, seen those that are held in bondage that they are not savable: water didn't work, I keep asking for forgiveness everyday but nothing has change in my life, I can't speak in tongues and the list goes on.
  • It can and is a beautiful outward expression of your love for God but the water has nothing to do with it.
  • A baby does not have the ability to answer, or understand or have the required knowledge to be baptized. So, how are babies saved? Jesus said: Luke 18:16....how do you think that works?

In the Bible, repentance and water baptism normally comes before belief and receiving the Holy Spirit:

Acts 19:2-3 and asked them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" They answered, "No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit."
Acts 19:4 "
Paul said, "John's baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.""

Repentance and water baptism can come before receiving the Holy Spirit:
Acts 2:38 "Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."

In Matt 3:16 the dove (signifying the Spirit) did not come to Christ until after He was water baptized.


Jesus said that a person must be water baptized and Spirit baptized in order to enter the Kingdom of God:
John 3:5 "
Jesus answered, "Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit."

- If water has nothing to do with it, why did the early church and we today use water in baptism? Why not mud, or sand, or fruit juice or wine?
Without water Naaman would not have received healing:
2 Kings 5:14 - And (Naaman) dipped himself . . . seven times in the Jordan’

Water baptism is the way God uses so that we may receive new life.

In Acts 8:26-40 - the Eunuch wanted to be water baptized straight away after Philip preached the good news about Christ to him. This indicates that Philip was not merely saying "receive Jesus into your heart", he was teaching about the importance of water baptism also.

How are babies saved? - I will answer with a question - how do babies travel for free on airlines?



 
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