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'Baptising Babies is pointless', do you agree? Give reasons for your answer showing that you have thought about more than one point of view.

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'Baptising Babies is pointless', do you agree? Give reasons for your answer showing that you have thought about more than one point of view. Some people believe baptising babies is pointless, however, others believe it is an important and meaningful ceremony for the infant who is starting their life. They believe this new beginning should be blessed by God. They maintain that Jesus always welcomed children and blessed them, rebuking those who wanted to make them go away. He saw children as an example of what Christians should be like. (Mark 10 13-17) The church should also welcome children and infant baptism is a good way of showing this. Some people believe that unbaptised babies do not go to heaven, so being baptised as soon as possible is important. ...read more.

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However, when an adult is baptised they have already missed out many years of being a member of the Christian community. The bible teaches that repentance comes before baptism. Peter in Acts 2:38 tells us that, "Each one of you must turn away from his sins and be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ." However it is impossible for a baby to repent so is baby baptism pointless? Some people feel it is better to leave Baptism until later in life when they are old enough to understand. Children may be influenced by their parent's faith when they are young and their belief in God can be reinforced and acknowledged by the church itself. One of the first things Jesus did before beginning to preach the word of God was to ask John the Baptist to baptise him (Mark 1:9). ...read more.

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In adult baptism the candidate can understand that he/she is becoming a member of the body of which Christ is the head. Whereas in infant baptism parents and godparents say the vows and accept Jesus for the child. But how can someone else accept Jesus for you? It is a personal relationship between you and God, and no one can commit you but yourself. In conclusion, I accept that both adult and baby baptisms have the same purpose, to become true followers of God. In regard to the statement that unbaptised people don't go to heaven I disagree. According to the bible, God loves everyone and surely he wouldn't turn his back on anyone if they weren't baptised. 412 words Mark Rodgers S1A Religion Coursework Baptism Page 7 Final Draft ...read more.

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