More on Infant Baptism

Q: For Adults only … or for babies too?

A: The simple fact is … the Bible provides only a very sketchy account of things … since it was never intended to be a complete narrative.

You can spend all the time you want trying to prove a point from it, but the fact is, the authentic Church routinely baptized people of all ages, from the very beginning, and it still does, simply because it is the logical thing to do, since God desires all to be saved and to come to the knowledge of his truth.

The sooner … the better … since the time for salvation is … now.

God has never experienced any difficulties communicating with the souls he creates and indwells … no matter what their age.

Jer 1:4 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying:
Jer 1:5 Before I formed thee in the bowels of thy mother, I knew thee: and before thou camest forth out of the womb, I sanctified thee, and made thee a prophet unto the nations.

John’s baptism was merely a symbolic baptism of repentance … a “dress rehearsal” for the real thing … while Christian baptism is authentic and powerful, according to God’s grace, and the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Jews were very familiar and comfortable with ritual washing, since it was routinely required before eating, before entering the temple, etc..

Recent archeological evidence indicates that John would pour water over the heads of the faithful (typically using a sea shell) when the Jordan was running too swiftly, or when the weather was otherwise unsuitable.

Circumcision … not baptism … was the way infants were always inducted into the ranks of the “Chosen People” since it was required under the law.

Baptism was John’s innovation and mission, but it was never required under the law.

St. Paul draws a parallel between circumcision and infant baptism, which is completely logical and perfectly natural for the offspring of Jewish Christian converts.

Infant baptism, as practiced in the Catholic Church, remains the strongest example of salvation with no works at all, courtesy of the grace and power of God, and his faithful and obedient Church.

Even babies are fully capable of receiving gifts. Baptism, and all that goes with it, is the greatest gift of all.

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