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INFANT BAPTISM

TODAY'S CATECHISM

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WE BEGIN OUR CATECHISM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT,

AMEN


TOPIC: INFANT BAPTISM

=> INTRODUCTION

=> INFANT BAPTISM

=> PROTESTANTS' VIEW

=> REASONS FOR INFANT BAPTISM

=> BIBLE REFRENCES TO INFANT BAPTISM

=> CONCLUSION

=> REFERENCE


INTRODUCTION

Infant baptism (according to wikipedia) is

the practice of baptising infants or young

children.


In theological discussions, the practice is

sometimes referred to as paedobaptism, or

pedobaptism, from the Greek pais meaning

"child".


This can be contrasted with what is called "

believer's baptism" (or credobaptism, from

the Latin word credo meaning "I believe"),

which is the religious practice of baptising

only individuals who personally confess faith

in Jesus, therefore excluding underage

children.


Opposition to infant baptism is

termed catabaptism.


INFANT BAPTISM

Infant baptism-is a mystery to those who do not have the clear understanding of the Word Baptism.


A simple meaning of the word BAPTISM is INITIATION ( adoption, admission, possessed or acquired something to function). In the old testament you would have been hearing about circumcision on the eight day which was a sign of spiritual cleansing of the new born from inherited impurity.


In the olden days if you are not circumcised, you are not counted as Jew or not illegible to partake in the worship of Yahweh.


In the new testament circumcision has been replaced with baptism. Baptism is a sacrament, because it is an "instrument instituted by Jesus Christ to impact Grace to it's recipients.


So infants are traditionally baptised on the eighteth day, recalling the biblical injunction to circumcision on the day.


PROTESTANTS' VIEW

The Catholic church is often been criticized

by protestants of the practice of baptizing

infants. According to them, baptism is for

adults and older children, because it is to be

administered only after one has undergone

a “born again” experience.

That is, after one has “accepted Jesus Christ

as his personal Lord and Saviour.”


Although the above objection might be clear

in scripture (Cf. Acts 2:28, 41; 8:16),

However, since the New Testament era &

based on the same scripture, the Catholic

Church has always understood baptism

differently, teaching that it is a sacrament

which accomplishes several things.


The first of which is the remission of sin,

both original sin and actual sin - only

original sin in the case of infants and young

children, since they are incapable of actual

sin; and both original and actual sin in the

case of older persons.


REASONS FOR INFANT BAPTISM

1. From Peter's Sermon On Baptism, he

explained what happens at baptism when

he said, “Repent, and be baptized every one

of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the

forgiveness of your sins; (...)” (Acts 2:38).


The phrase "Everyone of You" in the above

text means he (Peter) did not restrict this

teaching to Only adults.


This even becomes clear when he (Peter)

added, “For the promise is to you and to

your CHILDREN and to all that are far off,

EVERY ONE whom the Lord our God calls to

him” (Acts 2:39).


Now from the above text if baptism is

connected with salvation then it must be for

ALL since salvation is a universal

phenomenon.


2. Baptism Replaces Circumcision

Furthermore, Paul notes that baptism has

replaced circumcision (Col. 2:11–12).


In that passage, he refers to baptism as “the

circumcision of Christ” and “the

circumcision made without hands.”


If Paul meant to exclude infants, he would

not have chosen circumcision as a parallel

for baptism.


Since the time of Abraham right to the

present, Jews have circumcised infants and

brought them into the Covenant on the

eighth day after birth, based on the faith of

the parents, just as we do now in Christian

Baptism.

The pattern is the same.


BIBLE REFERENCES TO INFANT BAPTISM


But one might ask, does the Bible ever say

that infants can be baptized?


The indications are clear.


In the New Testament we read that Lydia

was converted by Paul’s preaching and that

“She was baptized, with her

household” (Acts 16:15).


Also, in his greetings to the Corinthians, Paul

recalled that, “I did baptize also the

household of Stephanas” (1 Cor. 1:16).


In all these cases, 'whole households' were

baptized. Therefore, the children must have

been baptized as well.


Again, according to Scripture, Baptism is the

an essential prerequisite for entering into

the Kingdom of Heaven. "(...) Amen, amen, I

say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of

God without being born of water and

Spirit" (John 3:3-5).

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Now if Jesus says also that the Kingdom of

God belongs to infants and children, it

would make no sense if He then withheld

the gift of Baptism that would give them

entrance to this very Kingdom.


CONCLUSION


St Gregory of Nazianz summarizes the

answer for us perfectly in his "Oration on

Holy Baptism".

"Do you have an infant child? Allow sin no

opportunity; rather, let the infant be

sanctified from childhood. From his most

tender age let him be consecrated by the

Spirit."


Let Bible be the basement for our responses.........!!!!!!!


Infant baptisms is a mystery to those who do not have the clear understanding of the Word Baptism.


A simple meaning of the word BAPTISM is INITIATION ( adoption, admission, possessed or acquired something to function). In the old testament you would have been hearing about circumcision on the eight day which was a sign of spiritual cleansing of the new born from inherited impurity.


In the olden days if you are not circumcised, you are not counted as Jew or not illegible to partake in the worship of Yahweh.


In the new testament circumcision has been replaced with baptism. Baptism is a sacrament, because it is an "instrument instituted by Jesus Christ to impact Grace to it's recipients.


So infants are traditionally baptised on the eightieth day, recalling the biblical injunction to circumcision on the day.


READ THE FOLLOWING BIBLE PASSAGES.


Baptism is of spiritual mandate to every soul irrespective of the age if the soul must be cleansed of original sin and being impacted of grace, David said l was conceived of sin from my mother's womb and born of sin (Psalm 51:5 GNB) so with this how can we exempt children from congenital sin?


The will of God is to save every soul and Baptism is one of the first mandatory instrument instituted by Jesus Christ to make heaven. In John 3:5 Jesus replied Nicodemus " I am telling you the truth," "No one can enter ,the kingdom of God without being born of water and the spirit.


In Mark 16:16 Jesus said, " Whoever believes and is baptised Will be saved; Whoever does not believe Will be condemned ( a clear affirmative command of salvative requirement).


In Acts 2:39 For God's promise was made to you and your Children,and to all who are far away,all whom the Lord our God call to himself.


In Acts 16:29-33 "The jailer's entire house hold was baptised (that means included children).


In 1Cor 10:1-4 " 2,all the Israelites were Baptised as followers of Moses ( 'all' means,no one was left out).


So some one should read the above passages and digest it.

Catholic Church is not doing anything on their own but according to Christ's command.


REFERENCES


Osei-Bonsu, J. (2011). Catholic Beliefs &

Practices.Takoradi:

Franciscan Publishing.

Osborne, G. (2011). "Why does the Catholic

Church baptize babies?" The B.C. Catholic

press.


We have come to a conclusion on the topic INFANT BAPTISM.

Thanks for your participation, support and contributions. May the God in his infinite mercy continue to be bless and grant you more understanding of his words; in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen


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