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Is there any example of children being baptised in the bible?

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:07 PM on Apr. 24, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Nope!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:08 PM on Apr. 24, 2010

  • nope but they do get dedicated to god,now thats alll over the bible.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:34 PM on Apr. 24, 2010

  • Is there any example of children being refused baptism in the bible?


    Nope!


    Luke 18:15–16 Let the children come to me...for to such belongs the kingdom of God
    Acts 2:38–39 Repent, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children
    Acts 16:33; 1 Cor. 1:16 whole households were baptized - which included all children even infants and servants, it doesnt' say anywhere to exclude infants

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:59 PM on Apr. 24, 2010

  • Baptism is the Christian equivalent of circumcision, and when was circumcision done????? The 8th day of life.

    Infant Baptism was accepted and practiced in the early church (whole households being baptised) and the first controversy didn't arise until the 3rd century when they debated whether or not to wait until the 8th dy after birth.

    Quotes from the early church
    Origen: "The Church received from the apostles the tradition of giving baptism even to infants. The apostles, to whom were committed the secrets of the divine sacraments, knew there are in everyone innate strains of [original] sin, which must be washed away through water and the Spirit" (Commentaries on Romans 5:9 [A.D. 248]).
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:08 PM on Apr. 24, 2010

  • Cyprian of Carthage
    "As to what pertains to the case of infants: You [Fidus] said that they ought not to be baptized within the second or third day after their birth, that the old law of circumcision must be taken into consideration, and that you did not think that one should be baptized and sanctified within the eighth day after his birth. In our council it seemed to us far otherwise. No one agreed to the course which you thought should be taken. Rather, we all judge that the mercy and grace of God ought to be denied to no man born" (Letters 64:2 [A.D. 253]).
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:08 PM on Apr. 24, 2010

  • There are examples of entire families being baptized, it doesn't say whole families EXCEPT children. So while there aren't any explicit examples of children themselves being Baptized there's nothing that says they can't or shouldn't be. The Bible does say to repent AND be Baptized, but it doesn't say in that order and there just simply aren't restrictions on it, no matter how many times some people insist on it, you just won't find it :-)
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:22 PM on Apr. 24, 2010

  • In Matthew 28:19 He says, "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit . . .." Before He ascended, the Lord of the Church commanded us to baptize "all nations," a phrase the Church has always understood to mean "everyone." Matthew 25:31-32 also uses the phrase "all nations" in this way. All nations are to be baptized, regardless of race, color, sex, age, class, or education. Jesus makes no exceptions. He doesn't say, "Baptize all nations except . . .." Everyone is to be baptized, including infants.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:40 PM on Apr. 24, 2010

  • It is true that there is no example in Scripture of a baby being baptized. However, to conclude from this that babies are not to be baptized is absurd. Neither are there any specific examples of the elderly being baptized, or teenagers, or little children. Instead we read about men (Acts 2:41; 8:35) women (Acts 16:14-15), and entire households being baptized (Acts 10:24,47-48; 16:14-15; 16:30-33; 1 Co. 1:16). The authors of the New Testament documents didn't feel compelled to give examples of every age group or category being baptized. Why should they have? Certainly they understood that "all nations" is all-inclusive.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:40 PM on Apr. 24, 2010


  • St. Paul teaches us that in the New Testament baptism has replaced circumcision. "In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism . . ." (Col. 2:11-12).

    Given this fact, it would have been natural for first century Jewish believers to baptize infants, since they were accustomed to circumcise their male children at eight days old. It is also logical that if God regarded eight day old male babies as members of His covenant people through circumcision, He will also regard newborn babies to be members of His kingdom through baptism, the "circumcision made without hands."
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:42 PM on Apr. 24, 2010

  • The fathers of the Church's first centuries speak of infant baptism as a universal custom. The Fathers is what we now call Pastors who led the Church after the death of the apostles. When we examine the writings of Irenaeus (d. 202), Tertullian (d. 240), Origen (d. 254), Cyprian (d. 258), and Augustine (d. 430), we see that they all spoke of infant baptism as accepted custom (though Tertullian disagreed with it).
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:45 PM on Apr. 24, 2010

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