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cyberman
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 12:54 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

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If a parent has been baptised and become physicaly and mentaly clean, why does a child of that parent need to be baptised, flesh of flesh and all that?

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Baptism is how you join the church. Why shouldn't children be admitted?
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cyberman wrote:
bnabernard wrote:
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If a parent has been baptised and become physicaly and mentaly clean, why does a child of that parent need to be baptised, flesh of flesh and all that?

bernard (hug)


Baptism is how you join the church. Why shouldn't children be admitted?


If you are referring to baptism of babies, no reason at all, since they are not aware of what is happening.

If you are referring to children regularly joining in church services, I think a very good reason for not allowing it is that they may well be deceived into thinking that all the supernatural stuff is fact rather than belief ... and I don't think that is a good way to educate a child.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Leonard James wrote:
cyberman wrote:
bnabernard wrote:
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If a parent has been baptised and become physicaly and mentaly clean, why does a child of that parent need to be baptised, flesh of flesh and all that?

bernard (hug)


Baptism is how you join the church. Why shouldn't children be admitted?


If you are referring to baptism of babies, no reason at all, since they are not aware of what is happening.

That seems to me to be the perfect reason why children shouldn't be baptised.
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Leonard James
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shaker wrote:
Leonard James wrote:
cyberman wrote:
bnabernard wrote:
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If a parent has been baptised and become physicaly and mentaly clean, why does a child of that parent need to be baptised, flesh of flesh and all that?

bernard (hug)


Baptism is how you join the church. Why shouldn't children be admitted?


If you are referring to baptism of babies, no reason at all, since they are not aware of what is happening.

That seems to me to be the perfect reason why children shouldn't be baptised.

Why, Stebe? As it doesn't make the slightest difference to them and they are not aware of what it means, but it pleases the parents, why not?

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