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HAS THE CHURCH THE RIGHT TO BAPTISE YOUR CHILD?
 
Baptism, despite the common view, is not based on parental consent.  It is not a favour to the parents.  It is two people inviting the Church to baptise but it is up to the Church.  It is all based on the Church’s consent to baptise the child.  It is clear nobody has the right to force a religion or an individual minister to perform a baptism.  Christianity holds that Jesus alone is the real baptiser and as he is judge a right arises to refuse baptism to a child that will not be brought up to serve him or which will be brought up in heresy such as abortion or infanticide being morally good or that Muhammad is wiser than Christ.  The minister of baptism has to cooperate with Christ and refuse or postpone baptism where it is necessary to do so.  If Christ is dead and if Christianity is a false religion then baptism is nothing special - its just a sprinkle.  It may be nothing in itself but that does not mean it cannot be used to put you in a system that may adversely impact on your life.  If you become Muslim you have to in some way at least in your heart reject your baptism and be glad that you are now in the true religion.

The lesson from all this is that baptism is not and cannot be the parents business.  It is their business to suggest baptism but that is all.  The misperceptions around baptism lead to people saying nothing while children are enrolled in religion without any regard for real spirituality or concern if the religion is true or false or man-made or whatever.  If parents treated baptism as not being about a social experience or even a party they would not need correcting.

Baptism is regarded as bigger sacrament than marriage.  For that reason it is absurd to imagine anybody having the right to decide to have their baby baptised.  

Religion needs to claim to be inspired and guided and set up by God.  Otherwise it is just pseudo religion and superstition.  Man has no right to lay down religious laws for anybody.  Religion thrives best on the kind of people we have in our society - people who lack concern for whether a religion is true or not.  The Muslim and Catholic religions cannot both be from God or authorised by him. Or both might be preaching religions of man and man has no right to order anybody to do anything on religious grounds - only God can have that right and even that is debatable. If man has no right to dictate he has less right if he thinks he can dictate for God if God has no such right!  God has no needs and rights are based on needs so God has no right to judge us and is failing to love the sinner and hate the sin if he judges us.  He is just being arrogant and spiteful and hypocritical.  For these reasons parents need to think more about  baptism from a religious and spiritual perspective and worry more about why a baby should not be baptised on spiritual or religious grounds!

 

The Church says that the intention to be baptised validly is essential. Without it, the baptism is just an empty rite with no power. But what about babies that are baptised - they can't have the intention? The Church says they show a desire and intention to be baptised through their parents and godparents who desire and intend it for them. This is obvious nonsense.
 
The Church says that when you are born in a country you become a citizen of that country and under obligation to obey its laws. It says the state has the right to enrol you as if you consented by being born in that country. But the state has to enrol you. You do not have to be enrolled in any religion - and especially when you are only a baby! The Church would have to say that babies have to be enrolled by baptism into the Church for baptism is so essential and important. The implication is that it is just for God to make the baby suffer for not being baptised! That is vindictive. To marry your child to such a god is like forcing somebody into an abusive marriage. In such marriages, the abusive partner has to do a lot of good in order to control his or her spouse and to make her or him feel guilty if she or he stands up for herself or himself. The claim that the Church has the right to make members of babies implies that the Church is of absolute importance - even more important than the state. The Church certainly teaches that all states should collapse rather than the Church. To devote your child to religion by having it baptised is dedicating that child to an anti-humanitarian stance and to fundamentalism.
 
The state does not enrol you because your parents or somebody else decides for you that you are going to be a citizen. The Church cannot then use the state as a justification for putting obligations on a child that it doesn't consent to.

Catholicism lists plenty of sins that drag you to Hell but worries little about keeping anybody out of Hell.  Rather it worries a lot about getting babies baptised.  That is just a hangover from the days when the Church was even more political than it is now.  It is about getting "citizens".