So, for a while now, I've been really wanting to dig into Catholicism and study it and now, I finally really have hte chance and the time. I may just post my scattered thoughts here, or I may go in to detail, depending on the subject, my new knowledge, and my mood...So, today, here's the things i've realized/discovered. Apparently, no where in the Bible does it teach sola fida, or faith alone. And as for the baptism of infants, I am copying from the book Rome Sweet Home by Scott and Kimberly Hahn
"Studying the covenant made one thing clear. For two thousand years, from the time of Abraham to the coming of Christ, God showed his people that he wanted their babies to be in covenant with Him. The way to do it was simple: give them the sign of the covenant.
Of course, back in the Old Testament, the sign of entering God's covenant was circumcision; whereas Christ changed it to baptism in the New Testament. But nowhere did I find Christ announcing that, from now on, babies were to be kept out of the covenant.
In fact, I found him saying practically the opposite: "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven" (Mt 19:14)
I also found the apostles imitating him. For example, at Pentecost, when Peter finished his first sermon, he called everyone to embrace Christ by entering into the New Covenant: "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you <EM>and to your children..." (Acts 2:38-39)
In other words, God still wanted children in the covenant with him. And since the NT gave only baptism as the sign for entering the New Covenant, why should the babies of believers not be baptized? No wonder, as I discovered in my study, the Church practiced infant baptism from the beginning."
Aside from this, God spoke to me tongiht about something else. He reminded me that I am not to be boastful and proud, living for fame and fortune, rather living for him. I've always wanted the "extraordinary" but God doesn't always call us to that kind of life. It was a VERY humbling realization.
June 1, 2006 09:58 AM PDT
read the verses around it. 13 says the people brought them to have his hands on them and pray. 15 says "after laying his hands on them he departed from there"
May 31, 2006 12:26 PM PDT
Hold on, Matt. 19:14 doesn't say he laid hands on them at all.. that's an assumption... which you'd probably say the same about what I claimed, but idk.. I have to look at it more. But, the whole thing makes total sense to me.
May 31, 2006 11:44 AM PDT
That doesn't make any sense. Every time someone was baptized they had come to a belief in Jesus as the Christ. Matt. 19:14 Jesus didnt' even have the children baptized he just layed his hands on them and prayed for them. The new covenant was a faith in Jesus Christ. Baptizing a baby doesn't bring about faith. Children get saved all the time and get baptised but you never baptize a child and it brings salvation. The bible doesn't teach that at all.
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