Should I baptize my baby?

Q. I am the mother of a new baby and want to make sure that I do the right thing for my child. My parents want me to have my child baptized, but I don't find any such teaching in the Bible. What should I do?

You have correctly observed that there is no record in the New Testament of a child being baptized.

Jesus said:
Mark 16:16
"He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.

Baptism is an act of faith. To be baptized a person must have personal faith FIRST. Baptism must also be preceded by repentance.

Acts. 2:38
38* Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Repentance requires the ability to think about one's condition and enough awareness and maturity to understand what it means to "turn away" from sin and accept God's Word as the direction for our lives. One MUST have both faith and repentence before being baptized.

Because a newborn child cannot have faith, in a biblical sense, and he cannot repent (because he has never sinned and there is no such Biblical teaching as "original sin") he has no need of baptism "for the forgiveness of sins." Baptizing a baby would serve no purpose. If you want to do the right thing for your child, take him to church, every Sunday. Attend worship services and Bible classes with him. Let him grow physically, mentally and spiritually. When he is old enough to understand the meaning of repentance he can decide for himself if he needs to be baptized.

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