I agree with atheists?

I was shocked this afternoon to find that I agree with some atheists!

A group of atheists in Italy have sued to ban baptisms.  At first I thought, “these guys are crazy.”  On what grounds would they want to ban baptism?

 I read the news article a little further and found that they were not seeking to ban all baptisms, just the baptism of infants and children.

I found myself somewhat in agreement, though not for the same reasons.  They say that it infringes upon the right to free religion for parents to have their infant or child baptized.  I say it infringes on God’s law — a much higher domain.

Now, to be clear, I certainly don’t think that this is a matter for temporal courts to decide.  There should be no law telling parents what “religious” activities they should be involved in, and what activities are suitable for children.

However, I would say that it is silly for parents to have their infants baptized, in light of what the Bible says.  The Bible very clearly gives us baptism as an ordinance for professing believers, not infants or children incapable of understanding the Gospel.  It is wicked to have a man in a dress sprinkle water on a child, then let that child grow up believing that they are a part of the Church and have been baptized because of that ceremony.

Not until someone has sought and obtained the absolution of their sins through the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross should they ever be considered as a candidate for baptism.  Before that point, it is just meaningless ceremony.

 So, I do agree with these atheists that baptism of infants and children is a bad thing.  I do not agree with their reason for it being bad, and I certainly do not agree with their solution.

Here’s the news article:  Atheists abandon attempt to ban baptisms

One Response to “I agree with atheists?”

  1. Pollux Says:

    “A group of atheists in Italy have sued to ban baptisms = FAKE

    “The UAAR association never proposed “such lawsuit” demanding Christian baptisms of children be banned. This is an enormous nonsense for an association how promotes freedom and individual rights.
    Only the legal effects of Catholic-Christian baptisms have been under discussion: the fact that a foreign country, the Holy See, states that Catholic baptised people are “sudditi e sottomessi” (”subject and subdued”) to it.
    This medieval pretence is reflected in the Italian legislature through the pacts made by Vatican with fascist govern in 1930s (later only slightly modified in 1980s) and through the presence of Vatican politic sycophants such as Mr. Gianfranco Amato.
    Be aware, yes. And - perhaps - is better to visit the UAAR site
    http://www.uaar.it/news/2008/08/18/disinformazione-cristiana-su-uaar-sbattezzo/
    before blogging false news (I’m sorry, the only avaible site language is Italian).