First of all, I want to express my appreciation concerning to a post authored by the Catholic priest Abraham Arganiosa in his own blog. A post that explains the “biblical” foundation of the Catholic practice about infant baptism. I’m very grateful because for so many years of arguing against Catholic beliefs, I never been told about how they will defend this kind of baptism by biblical views like what Mr. Arganiosa did. But I also felt a little disappointment because since he’s challenging his critics to show a specific verse stating that infants must not be baptized, he himself failed to show the specific verse stating that infants should be baptized. What he tried to show are the verses which he thinks fit to the doctrine of infant baptism. But actually, the said verses reject the traditional Catholic baptism rather than to validate it. He quoted the story of Peter’s mission to the house of Cornelius and the conversion of the house of Lydia, and later declared that “baptism is never limited to adults and those of the age of reason”. This declaration is unbiblical and the stories he had cited never support infant baptism. The book of Acts clarified that the candidates for baptism after Peter’s preaching are those who heard the words and then speak with tongues. (Acts 10: 44,46). Obviously they are not babies. They are people who have the capacity to understand what they heard and speak about it. In the house of Lydia, we’re not sure if there are infant members. Household means family, but not all family have babies. Meanwhile, the statement that “baptism is never limited to adults and those of the age of reason” was truly against the Bible. The Bible itself set some requirements before being baptized and children are not qualified with these requisites, thus baptism is not for them.
The Roman Catholic Church believes that the soul of an unbaptized child will descend into a place called limbo, the realm which said to be the suffering place of all unbaptized infants who suffered the consequences of the original sin. Hence, Catholic priests called their members to let their newly born child be baptized in order to be secured from the realm of limbo if sudden death came. All they have to do is to arrange the date of baptism with the parish priests and pay the baptism fee allotted by the local church administrator. This belief which the Catholic Church upheld for hundreds of years, has no biblical foundation. The baptism of infants, as well as the teaching about the limbo are not supported even by a single verse from the Holy Scriptures. In fact, Christ, who said that we should obey what is righteous, was never baptized during his childhood days. And nowhere in the Bible we can find a single child baptized by the Church. Much more the payment for the baptism ceremony; it was a clear violation of the biblical command that the things which we freely received, we shall freely give.
“Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. “(Matthew 10:8)
We’re not sure how was the Catholic Church arrived into such insulting kind
of ceremony, but we are very much sure that this belief has no biblical supports; formulated just to make money out of religion.
Baptism is a manifestation of one’ s faith toward the gospel, a simple way of showing one’s acceptance of the teachings that he heard. Christ said;
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matthew 28:19,20)
How can a child receive teachings and have faith in it before being baptized if he don’t have the enough ability to understand the teachings and accept it by faith. How can he be baptized if he don’t even understand what faith is? The Bible clearly says;
“For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.” (Hebrews 5:13)
Faith is righteousness and the only requirement for baptism. Philip, when he was asked by an Ethiopian eunuch for baptism, the only thing he required is this;
“If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” (Acts 8:36)
Can we ask the baby to believe with all his heart? Of course not! And since the Catholic Church can’t require the baby of his faith, they instead ask the parents for payments. This has been the biggest lie ever formulated in the field of religion. Little children are not part of the commandment of baptism. Baptism is a call from God to wash away sins. And we all know that a child is an innocent regarding sin or righteousness. The apostle said;
“And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” (Acts 22:16)
How can an innocent child wash away sins? Sin, by definition, is the transgression of the law. How can a child wash away sins if he can’t even understand what the law is? Or what is good and bad? Thus parents should not worry about the destiny of their deceased children. They should not worry about the alleged sufferings of unbaptized children in limbo because there is no such thing! In fact, the present pope of Rome, Benedict XVI, denied the existence of limbo. After so many years of believing in this kind of absurd teaching and spending money for the purpose of saving the souls of infants from limbo, the papacy finally admitted that there is no such place!
See! How the Catholic Church burdened us for so many years with this invention, and how they fooled their own members by believing in a false hope. What was written in the words of God is that sons should not suffer the sins of their parents or parents should suffer the sins of their children.
The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. (Ezekiel 18:20)
The words of Christ are clear, that whatsoever happen to a child, the kingdom of God belongs to them.
But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 19:14)
Following Her Footstep?
Protestants are following the same absurdity. They following the same invented track for the sake of their own purpose. Many Protestant denominations are baptizing children who don’t have enough ability to embrace the gospel. We have been told about the “goal” that these Protestant denominations required to their pastors. These ministers were assigned by their superiors with a specific number of converts showing how effective they are. Their performance and promotion are depending upon the number of converts they can win after their crusades. Hence, Protestant pastors baptized even those children who didn’t even understand what they are saying on the pulpit just to reach their “goal”. Consequently, the converted child leaves the church and the baptism ends in vain, for the child was not truly baptized to the gospel which he never understood while sitting in the indoctrination session. Their presence was due to those enjoyable activities promised by the pastor.