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My husband's former church asked us to have our son "dedicated" our church"Catholic" will baptize a child. What is the difference? If a child is dedicated will they be baptized later?

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Asked by Anonymous at 7:56 PM on May. 10, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • im a baptist, ive seen these dedications. the baptist dedication ceremony is just you presenting your baby in front of the congregation saying he is a child of god. you are dedicating him to the lord. and the congregation and you are dedicating themselves to the well-being and raising of this child. they are agreeing to be a helping hand in her growing up. you are dedicating to always raising your child in the way of the lord. catholic churches are much different however. unlike baptists churches they believe that when a baby dies they are stuck in limbo. unless you get them baptized then they are not. my personal opinion is, i do not think god sends babies to hell or limbo or whatever. they are innocent and pure and not to be punished. i believe when they kno the difference is when they can make the decision for themselves. i had an issue with my mother in law about this. she was horrified that i wouldnt get my son baptized.

    Answer by sstokes86 at 8:05 PM on May. 10, 2010

  • catholic churches are much different however. unlike baptists churches they believe that when a baby dies they are stuck in limbo

    This isnt what Catholics believe but thanks for the other information

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:08 PM on May. 10, 2010

  • (cont) husband and i agree that our son can make this decision for himself when he is old enough to kno wjhat it means to be baptized. but we will help him along in taking him to church and teaching him about god. my mother in law wasnt happy about our decion. she wouldnt take him to get pictures done because we didnt do this. that was her gift to her first grandson. and hes been treated differently ever since. but hes our baby not hers and well raise him how we want. do what feels right for you and your baby. either way hell have a community around him that loves him from being a member of the church. and he will kno god.

    Answer by sstokes86 at 8:09 PM on May. 10, 2010

  • sorry i got it wrong...

    Answer by sstokes86 at 8:10 PM on May. 10, 2010

  • I can't say for sure but it sounds like your former church does not believe in infant baptism and this is their way of dedicating your child to God in the way they believe. They may baptise them again, but the Catholic church believes in one baptism. So you need to decide what you want for your child and what you and your dh believe and follow that.


    Answer by RyansMom001 at 8:44 PM on May. 10, 2010

  • The difference between baptism and a dedication is that one is a sacrament (an outward sign given to us by Christ as a means of experiencing His grace) and one is ritual of parents dedicating their child to God. Those denominations who perform infant baptism generally view baptism as something God does for us (not something we do for God). Those who dedicate infants generally view baptism something a person does after they've choosen to accept Christ. So basically it comes down to a different understanding of what baptism is. The article "Infant Baptism" explains the concept from the Catholic point of view.


    Answer by eringobrough at 10:08 PM on May. 10, 2010

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