Asked by Anonymous at 12:04 PM on Sep. 20, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs
Sure there are several reasons, but mainly because baptism is more than symbolic, it actually does something:
Baptism washes away original sin (and actual sin for adults). Original sin is the idea that "in" Adam all have sinned and parallels the doctrine of redemption that "in" Christ all are saved (see Rom 5:12-19). As the Bible says "Surely I was born sinful, a sinner when my mother conceived me." (Psm 51:5) Adam is the representative of the flesh. Christ is the representative of the Spirit. When we are born physically, born into the flesh, we are in Adam. When we are baptized—when we are born again, when we are born of the Spirit—we are in Christ.
Answer by eringobrough at 4:51 PM on Sep. 20, 2009
As a Catholic I believe (as many Catholics do) that you don't have to consciously choose baptism in order to receive its grace. We are all born into original sin and baptism washes that away. So of course I would want that for my child... right?
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