Thursday, November 18, 2004

WHEN TO BAPTIZE? At what age and under what circumstances should a young person be baptized into the Christian faith and community?

1 comment:

  1. I'm not sure if you actually wanted a response, but I'd like to comment anyways.

    Of course growing up Nazarene, infants were "dedicated" and teenagers/adults were baptized (interestingly, the manual allows for infant baptism, but I had never seen it done). However, as I have attended churches of various traditions in recent years, I have come to believe that infant baptism is a wonderful thing. It is a reminder that grace is not something we earn, but it is given to us freely, regardless of age. Also, I like the emphasis on the body of Christ being comprised of people of all ages--not just those old enough to "get it."

    As you probably know, in Orthodox Christianity, a baby receives his/her first communion immediately after baptism. They spread some mixture of body and blood on the baby's mouth, and of course they spew it out. However, such a practice reminds us that these means of grace are available to everyone, and that is a beautiful thing.


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