That’s not suprising, that no one could give you an answer; was your family only doing it for appereances? I think that was the only reason I was baptized! My parents were non practicing, so I dodged alot of that stuff.
Why’d they do it? Tradition, appearances, and a sense of obligation I suppose. My parents were no more than moderately religious, my mother had me attended church and took me there only until I was old enough to walk myself, then she stopped attending. My father didn’t attend on Sundays, the only thing he ever said about religion was that he like to attend the midnight Christmas mass because it was so beautiful, a sentiment that I always liked.
Occam. - 24 August 2011 11:20 PM
I didn’t even know it had happened until my mother happened to mention it after I was an adult.
... Oh, and I guess a way to get unbaptized would be to urinate in the “holy” water.
Oh those skeletons in the closet. The Holy Water is so dirty with everyone sticking their fingers in the water to bless themselves, I don’t think anyone would notice what you did.
I don’t know. Depends on how you look at it. My minister great uncle baptized me in a river at my mother’s request when I was 14. My grandparents were Church of God and my great uncle a Free Methodist minister, who always united as one family church at such things. My great uncle told me that the world would look different after he baptized me, which I really didn’t want in the first place, but had no choice and I sure as hell didn’t want the world to look different. I wanted it to stay the same. So he dunks me “In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” in the river. The world looked the same, thank goodness, and all I got was swimmer’s ear.
So depending on how you look at it, depending on what Xian sect you grew up in, the answer is no, because I didn’t want it or request it OR the answer is yes, despite the fact I didn’t want it. Some Xians say the very fact that it was not a voluntary baptism makes it null and void, and I was not baptized. Others call it a baptism. Y’all decide, because I really don’t care. It has no meaning to me now.
Hm, interesting. My wife recently applied for a job as a teacher at a Catholic school, and not that she was only asked to show her baptism certificate (or whatever it’s called), but they also want a reference letter from her priest, who obviously doesn’t exist. I have a friend who’s a priest but I am not sure how he would feel about lying.
You’re right there is nothing magical about baptismal water. There comes a time for anyone born into a Christian family, it’s called “the age of accountability”.
They have to make a decision whether or not they want to be a Christian.