Resenting our Baptism of your Dead

February 5, 2004 | one comment
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Claudia Bushman brought up the touchy subject of our baptisms for other people’s dead. Most don’t understand that we don’t view the baptism as efficacious until the deceased person assents to it, but most would object anyway. This age doesn’t welcome us making bold to act like we have truth and authority.

Apparently, we’re not the only unwelcome ones. Here’s a link responding to an atheist who resents the Catholic doctrine that baptism leaves an indelible mark on the baptized.

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One Response to Resenting our Baptism of your Dead

  1. greg.org on February 8, 2004 at 5:04 pm

    I had exactly this discussion, in re baptisms performed in the names of those killed in the Holocaust, a couple of weeks ago in New York. I actually found that everyone there accepted:
    1) the idea that every single person would have a chance to choose to believe in Christ or not, and
    2) proxy baptisms were meaningless unless the person chose to accept it.

    Everyone seemed satisfied that their people (everyone there was Jewish or married to a Jew, or me) would be able to reject the baptisms for themselves.

    Plus, one woman noted, it was a great way to boost your membership numbers. I said yeah, but it doesn’t help your attendance percentages.

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