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no people it's says in acts 2:38 Repent and be baptized EVERY ONE OF YOU in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost for the promises give it to you and to your children and to those that are after off. to me it's sounds like he's commanding us

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Good scriptural answer! (I always figure that what God says about it trumps what all sorts of people's opinions are here on ask).
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to ask god into your heart

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But why does a child have to do so?
Why doesn't god simply accept all his children from the start?
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Q 1:why not
Q 2:Because he has to know you want him in your heart
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How does forcing a child into baptism, ensure that the child wants him in their heart?
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i didnt say it did
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Okay.
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Im just saying that it should be the child's choice wether or not to do so...i got to choose and i was 8.
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I see.
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the child should understand first before he is baptized
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the purpose of baptism in the catholic church is the disolvement of the original sin committed by the parents of the child.

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Now, why is it considered a sin, to do what one must to keep their species alive?
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I also forgot to add that is also an everlasting promise between the child and God that he will renounce the doings of evil. Yes, Adam and Eve were meant to populate the earth, but it is a sin because they commited the first sin and that sin got passed to their children and their children's children. Until Jesus came and started to baptise everyone with the spirit. That is, according to Catholic Religion.
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That's silly.
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baptize means to dip or to be submerged and fully wet
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Faith and religion just like culture is not silly. You should really respect what others believe if you want others to respect what you believe. If you choose not to believe in that that is completely fine, no one here is asking you to believe in it, but respect is demanded, specially in such a delicate matter as religion. I think it is you who is silly, for a lack of a stronger word, by not respecting human nature in the least minimum.
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I just find it odd that you would assume a child carries the responsibility of their parent's actions.
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And I was using the word 'silly' because I thought it was a non-offensive way of saying "I find that peculiar".
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that's what God did talk to him it's just truth Bro
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no need to get all offensive about it
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you guys are right. Sorry. I guess I was having a bad day. My bad.
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It's a ceremony that a new child of Christ does by dunking his/her head or pouring water over it representing the act of washing his/her sins away. Becoming reborn anew person.

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But, what sin does a new born baby have?
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We are born into sin so no one is saved unless they are born again
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What do you mean "born into sin"?
You mean that a new born baby, who has done absolutely nothing, is considered unworthy of god?
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no that's not what that means we are born into sin Cuz of man's ways even tho the baby is born into sin that baby is innocent Cuz he knows not so intell he understands what sin is and knows what he is doing as he grows so when he says we are born into sin everyone have sin not no man is perfect but Jesus
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It is symbolic of dieing to sin, and being born again a new being. That is where the term born again comes from.

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But, the child has just been born.
There is no need to erase an already blank board.
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I am sorry I forgot to mention that you must be of an age of accountability, infant baptism is a Catholic thing for making money, no where in the Bible does it condone infant baptisim.
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Interesting.
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in a Catholic Church they sprinkle your head when baptism pacifically means to be fully wet to dip to be submerged under water
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is a public declaration of the private dedication you made to God To do his will

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But, it doesn't really mean anything if it is before the child can decide what he/she is going to do with their life.
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You're absolutely right. That is why those who doget baptized should do so when they are old enough and have neough mental maturity to know what it means.Acts 8:12: “When they believed Philip . . . they proceeded to be baptized, both men and women.”

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I see.
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Hi W.A The point of baptism is to show your dedication to God, however, the actual act of getting baptized should be secondary to your inward expression to God. For ex, its like the courtship of a couple. The "getting married" is the act or event, but the engagement is the inner expression to one another. Typically, people don't just get married , they first commit to each other. Similar with baptism, a person should not just decide to walk to a body of water and get baptized, first they need to pray to God ask him to accept them. But Acts 2:37-41 tells us that we should repent and get baptized in Jesus name in order for our sins to be forgiven. Please refer to this link for more details.
http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2002243?q=baptism&p=par

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It is an individual public profession of personal faith in Jesus Christ and surrender to Him. This is why it is so important that a person be old enough to understand what is happening and to be able to make such a commitment to Christ. It is an outward sign of an inward decision.

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Well, God says in Romans 6: 3-4 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

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amen!
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