Baptism: Symbol or Requirement

Baptism, as a whole, in this day in time, is defined and practiced many ways. In the days before Christ, and even John the Baptist, baptism was a ritual practiced by many diverse people for their own reasons.
"Baptism was a rite characteristic of John the Baptist's ministry (Mark 1:4, 11:30; Luke 7:29), and was imposed upon converts from the beginning of the Christian church (Acts 2:38-41, 19:3-5). Analogies to this use of water in religious ceremonies are found in the Eleusinian Mysteries in Greece, certain Babylonian religious rituals, and Jewish priestly ordinances (Num 19:7). Just prior to the Christian era proselytes from the Gentiles qualified for membership in Israel by baptism.
John the Baptist took this ceremony and adapted it as purification for the reign of the Messiah (Luke 3:3-6). By means of this rite, the people were consecrated to receive salvation; while Jesus, in submitting himself to John's ritual, was consecrated to bestow it (Matt. 3:13-15)." (Harper's Bible Dictionary, Madeleine S. Miller and J. Lane Miller, Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1961, pg 60)

Infant Baptism
"The Bible is abundantly clear of what baptism is, who is it for, and what it accomplishes. In the Bible, only believers who had placed their faith in Christ were baptized - as a public testimony of their faith and identification with Him (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-4). Water baptism by immersion is a step of obedience after faith in Christ. It is a proclamation of faith in Christ, a statement of submission to Him, and an identification with His death, and resurrection.
With this in view, infant baptism is not a Biblical practice. An infant cannot place his or her faith in Christ. An infant cannot make a conscious decision to obey Christ. An infant cannot understand what water baptism symbolizes. The Bible does not record any infants being baptized." (

Youth Baptism
"As a child matures in his faith and it is evident that he is truly born again, the father and/or mother should be perceptive as to when he is ready to receive such teaching. The spiritual maturity level of one child differs from that of another even in the same family.
Although this is an Old Testament story, the truth is still applicable. In Nehemiah 8:1-8, we read the account of Ezra, the scribe, reading the law to the people of Israel. He read it to the men and women and all who were able to understand. From 10:28 we learn that these included their sons and daughters. See also 8:8 for the same meaning. And so it must be today. It is most important that our children understand spiritual truths, and only wise Christian parents can discern when that time comes.
In many churches, when the parents of a child make it known to the pastor that he/she is wanting to be baptized, the pastor speaks with the child to decide if he/she is ready. This is a good and wise practice. It is vitally important that a child understands that neither baptism or communion saves him/her, but rather they are steps of obedience and remembrance of what Jesus did for us in providing for our salvation (Luke 22:19). (

It is important to understand that the age of accountability is different for everyone. A child at the age of eight might not be able to understand spiritual truths just as infants are unable to understand them as well. An age requirement in order to be baptized is wrong. Every person is different in their spiritual maturity.
The museum, that is spoken of in a comment just made, has reconstructed a Christian church from the Byzantine-era. The information about the way the culture baptized at this particular era and church is not clear. However, if the Mormon church has particulars and specific facts with documentation, I'm sure everyone interested would like to see proof the LDS church has concerning youth baptisms.

"Doesn't Acts 2:38 teach that we must be baptized in order to be saved?
No. In the original Greek, Peter used the word "for" just like we use it in our everyday conversation. A child is punished for disobedience; not in order to be disobedient, but because he has been disobedient. A man arrested for stealing; not in order to steal; but because he has stolen. The same thing is true in baptism. We are baptized for the remission of sins; not to get our sins washed away, but to show that they have been washed away. A correct rendering of this passage is, "Repent all of you, and each one be baptized to declare the remission of your sins." (Answers to your Bible Questions, Charles Halff, The Christian Jew Foundation, 1972, pg 23) (italics added)


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I spent a lot of time deciding if I should write this blog or not. I'm not a great writer and I'm not going to pretend to be. I need to share what I have learned and I might not make some people happy with what I am saying. This blog is a way for me to release the thoughts and feelings that come with knowing I grew up in the wrong religion. A healing process if you will.

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Please start with the month of February 2007 and read backwards. This is the most effective way to understand, in order, why I say what I do.

Handmaidens Creed

1.I believe in God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit as one God without beginning or end.
2.I believe the Bible to be the Holy Inspired word of God with full truth and righteousness. No other writing is.
3.I believe that the work of the Lord comes first. Before any temporal thing or person.
4.I believe that grace is a gift and Christ gives that gift freely to all who believe.
5.I believe that the beauty of a woman is contained inside of her and not by what she looks like on the outside.
6.I believe that marriage is sacred and represents the Godhead on earth; two are one just as three are one.
7.I believe that love is more powerful than any other power. Remember, God is love.
8.I believe that tithing is not a part of God's new covenant, free will offerings are. And that doesn't mean just money.
9.I believe that the Aaronic, Levitical, and Melchizedek priesthoods are abolished and Christs Holy Priesthood whom Christ is the "Great High Priest" is eternal.
10.I believe that every believer is a priest in the "Priesthood of Believers".
11.I believe that when two are one, nobody is to separate the one.
12.I believe that Christ is the only way to heaven.
13.I believe that our bodies are temples, not man made buildings.
14.I believe that liars make fools out of others and the liar hates the fool.
15.I believe that all believers are in authority to preach the gospel.
16.I believe that the word 'organization' to describe Christs body is evil and has no place with God.
17.I believe the Americas are not the land of Zion and Christ will return to His origonal land-Israel in the Middle East.
18.I believe that God has set out correct ways of worshiping Him, not man.
19.I believe in holding to the truths of the Bible and not mans understanding of it.
20.I believe that the world is full of evil and Satan can easily gain control over the minds of those who do not profess Christ of the Bible to be their only Messiah.
21.I believe that Saints are those who know the real Savior, Jesus Christ, of whom the Bible speaks of; not the jesus of a cult.