January 10, 2006 11:44 AM PST
"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 and to your children" (Acts 2:38–39).
The apostolic Church baptized whole "households" (Acts 16:33; 1 Cor. 1:16), a term encompassing children and infants as well as servants. While these texts do not specifically mention—nor exclude—infants, the very use of the term "households" indicates an understanding of the family as a unit. Even one believing parent in a household makes the children and even the unbelieving spouse "holy" (1 Cor. 7:14).
January 9, 2006 01:01 PM PST
Yeah they are both outward expressions of the covenant with God. Circumsion also separated the Jews from everyone else, setting themselves apart from the other nations around them. And when you are a baby that little surgery will be forgotten quickly, as eviedence in the OT story of the men getting circumsised becaues they stopped following the convenant laws, it is a very painful ordeal haha. It's a part of the body that is seen daily so it is a good place to have a covenant reiminder haha.
Everyone who got Baptised in the bible was coming to faith so there is no way baptising a baby does anything and that's clear in scripture. The baby won't even know they were unless told by parents so obviously a profession of faith was not made. All it does it get the baby wet, no salvation occurs, no washing away of sins. If that child grows up and dies without accepting Jesus then it won't be in heaven no matter if it was baptised as a child or not. Jesus wasn't even baptised as a child so it means nothing to the child or God unless they are dedicating the child which is a totally different thing. Sorry you probably don't care but i've looked this stuff up in the bible before so i figured I say it.
January 7, 2006 05:01 PM PST
Circumcision nowadays is a medical procedure, because it is more sanitary, and has nothing to do with religion. (except the few that don't get it done)
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