Infant baptism, also known as christening or paedobaptism, is still a popular culture among many Christian denominations. Some celebrities also follow this culture like pop star Celine Dion whose 4 month old twins were baptised in early March this year.
Growing up I was told that I was a member of a religion which I’ll call X. Because that religion had been chosen for me I felt it was a label that I had to wear the same as my name. I felt a kinship with the other kids who at school announced that they were from the same religion, our mothers wore the same church uniforms and sang the same songs.
Even though I was a young ‘member’ of that religion I was out of touch with the fundamental doctrines. Being told that I was baptised in that religion did not make sense to me as I was not actually there when that baptism occurred.
I’m not against parents training their children to be religious. I think religious parents have every right to raise their children in which ever way they want. I have a problem with parents making a dedication, through baptism, for an infant child. In my view such a major step as baptism should be made at a time when a child is aware of issues of faith not at a time when the child’s mind is blank.
It’s only fair that a child be given a choice as to whether he or she wants to be a member of that particular religion. Ironically Jesus was baptised at the mature age of 30. Because I was baptised young in adulthood I made a conscious decision to choose a Christian denomination of my choice and so did my siblings.
In my view every child should be baptised at a time when they are able to make that choice for themselves. Choosing a religion is a very personal matter which should only be made to mature minds.
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