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Baptism - should children be brought into the Christian faith at such a young age?

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Started: 2/28/2015 Category: Religion
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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PanadianCanda

Con

Should we baptise children. Or more significantly, should we be bringing in children into Christianity at such an age when they cant make such a decision. Is it brainwashing, is it simply bringing them to the path of God? Debate and share your views
CyberOptics

Pro

Actually , i'am against the fact that children should be brought into christian faith at such a young age. i think that first of all, religion is a hole philosophy and making a step into it means a lot of things. religions are not only just religions , they stand on historical statements that presents us today something very huge , very unique , with a special culture. i think that we should give sometime for them to choose and design their own path for the sake of the religions's reputation and all that .
Debate Round No. 1
PanadianCanda

Con

I agree with you on that front, so why exactly do children get baptized at a young age? tradition or not. you are deciding that childs religious perspective at a young age. Baptism is a physical manifestation of ones faith and devotion. yet people treat it as a formality, not a sacred rite of passage, but like a tick in the terms and agreements box of being christian. i was baptized when i was a child. And through that, i felt cheated, if not stripped, of my right to choose my own religious beliefs. and while this might not be important for some. Remember this, you are stripping the basic human right of choice from a child. Let them decide when they reach their own conclusion
CyberOptics

Pro

Religion is on the eve of its end . its simply a standard format and standard concepts that were applied to explain things that science explain now. certainly , some things remain unknown, yet we might not have en ought of knowledge to discover whats behind every secret surrounding us but religion was just used for good and bad purposes . i think that we should reasonably look from a very dark side and realize that religion and god are just too old to remain in our century. so i think that its not necessary to keep thinking about this because people are more and more forgetting religious basis and its soon going to end . and when religion will end , baptism will for sure end. so let's give it some time and look at the development of the technology that is erasing every trace of any religious statements.
Debate Round No. 2
PanadianCanda

Con

Your points are off topic and illogical, you have presented no basis on for which the notion that religion is soon ending. i find that quite ignorant. Saying that religion, that societies following a specific faith, of a higher power, that it will end is quite misleading and ill informed. the Vatican is still a powerful driving force with vast amounts of money and influence. 2.2 billion or 32% of the worlds population is Christian. please, if youre gonna debate, at the very least be more critical with stronger arguments than "religion is dying". While science has uncovered that what most of the bible teaches, especially during genesis, is false. you are forgetting the fact that they did not have the technology that we have today to understand this. they had decided to interpret the world with logical reasoning, putting it as a story. Just because the world is a sphere, that we revolve around the sun and evolution debunks Adam and Eve changes nothing. the fundamental point in which religion, or Christianity in this case, revolves under is that is there a God?
CyberOptics

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CyberOptics forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by a_janis1 2 years ago
a_janis1
The reason we do Baptism at an early age is tradition. Wayyyyyyy back when, infant mortality rate was much higher than it was today. So in order to remove original sin, babies were given baptism basically to ensure that the original sin was removed just in case there was a pre mature death. Baptism at birth is not required, rather it is followed by tradition.

Baptism also is not a contract. No one is fully initiated into the Catholic Church until Confirmation which comes later in life: usually around 8th grade or high school. So actually, by being Baptized, no child is forced into the Catholic faith. Rather, Baptism only removes original sin and opens the child to the Catholic faith. Baptism is a rite of initiation but only partial initiation. They decide for themselves whether to be fully initiated at Confirmation. Also, anyone can choose to leave the Catholic Church at any time in their life. So unlike a contract, they aren't forced into being Catholic by anyone.

Furthermore, there are other forms of Baptism. These are called Baptism by Water, Blood, and Desire. So someone who never was even Baptized by their parents in the traditional way with water can still have original sin removed.
Posted by jeschorzman 2 years ago
jeschorzman
Interesting topic, I believe that they should not for much of the same reasons. I'm a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, commonly referred to as "Mormons." Something interesting we believe is that children are not accountable for their sins until the age of 8. Which we believe is an age at which they are more aware of their choices and have the ability to choose for themselves. As a result we also believe that it is unlawful, indeed an abomination to baptise children before that age.
Posted by SkepticalDefender 2 years ago
SkepticalDefender
No they shouldn't, religion is infamous for indoctrinated young children at a young age, then they find their kid is a homosexual and beats him, tells him to burn in hell, and then proceed to throw him out into the streets for being different because the book said so
YAYYYYYYYYYY RELIGION!
Posted by Angry_Bird 2 years ago
Angry_Bird
Sorry, but a Christian would never encourage a non Christian, to get physically baptised, there's no point, Physical baptism serves as an outward manifestation of what God has done inwardly. (Spiritually)

I have two daughters, and the last thing I would suggest or encourage at this stage is to have them physically baptised, it would mean nothing to them, me, or God.
Posted by PanadianCanda 2 years ago
PanadianCanda
True, but in a sense, you have done a rite of passage, you are then deemed a christian, baptism should really be chosen by of the individual in that situation.

This is the equivalent of signing a contract by taping a pen to your hand and using it to sign, while you're asleep
Posted by Angry_Bird 2 years ago
Angry_Bird
Physical baptism had never brought anyone into Christianity.
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