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Patrick Loomis Jr. wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am a baptized Catholic by birth. I understand we believe in infant Baptism but that there are a lot of people that will interpret the Words of God differently than we do . . . to one degree or the other.

I have read the Bible and a lot about grown men and woman being baptized and some talk of entire families which could be interpreted children but no specific talk of children being baptized.

  • Do children really need to be baptized at birth? or
  • Should they wait until they are old enough to understand what the whole meaning of being baptized in [his/her] faith truly means?
  • For someone who may not be a Catholic but only a Christian Christ follower, how do we drive the need to be baptized home at birth?
  • Where can we find the proper teaching on this topic, rather than following an abc set of guidelines?

Let me close by saying that my Faith is and will always be with God. I trust in Him and have rededicated my life to Him and Christ.

God Bless you all . . . that you will be able to acquire the answer to the questions I have asked.

May God keep you in the Palms of His Hand.

Your friend in Christ,

Pat

 

  { If infant Baptism is needed, where can we find the sources, and how do we persuade others? }

Mike replied:

Hi Pat,

This is a common question; it's even in our searchable knowledge base.

There are a lot of quick answers there, so give it a try.

I searched the knowledge base for you and found these web postings that should answer your question:

Let me give you my personal take on your questions.

You said:

  • Do children really need to be baptized at birth? or
  • Should they wait until they are old enough to understand what the whole meaning of being baptized in [his/her] faith truly means?

Yes! Children do need to be baptism immediately after birth. Remember Jesus told us:

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.

John 3:5

The parent’s faith stands in for the child and is ingrained into the child as they grow from infant, to the age of reason: age 7; to around age 16, when they are confirmed and make that decision for themselves at Confirmation.

You said:

  • For someone who may not be a Catholic but only a Christian Christ follower, how do we drive the need to be baptized home at birth?
  • Where can we find the proper teaching on this topic, rather than following an abc set of guidelines?

We drive the need home by:

  1. telling them what Jesus told us in John 3:5!, and
  2. showing them what the very first Christians believed. They lived from 100 A.D. to 850 A.D.

If anyone, minister or otherwise, says the normative means for becoming part of the body of Christ is not water Baptism, they will have to account for this at their particular judgment.

Those abc set of guidelines are from the Lord Himself. This last question sounds like it is coming from a Protestant that does not believe in Oral Tradition. We do believe in Oral Tradition. Check my Scripture Passages pages:

You should ask them why they don’t believe in Oral Tradition. That said, don’t accept complaints about bad behavior in our Church unless they can show you a Protestant congregation that does not have bad behavior : )

I hope this helps,

Mike

Pat replied:

Good Day Mike,

First let me apologize. I did not do my due searching but I am extremely appreciative of what you found — great information.

I thank-you and others if they assisted in answering any portion of my questions.

I will be forwarding your e-mail to my daughter. She will be delighted to read this information.
It might just be the nudge she and her husband need to start attending Mass again.

Thank-you again! and God Bless you all.

— Pat

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