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What does the Bible say about infant baptism?


There is a great deal of misunderstanding about baptism among the many Christian faiths. Although the Bible presents a muddled message on baptism, this is not the cause of this phenomenon. The Bible is unequivocal on what baptism is, who it is for, and what it does in terms of meaning and purpose. Only believers who had placed their confidence in Christ were baptized in the Bible, and this was done as a public demonstration of their faith and affiliation with Christ (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-4). After coming to believe in Christ, water baptism by immersion is a step of obedience. An act of confidence in Christ, a declaration of surrender to Him, and a connection with His death, burial, and resurrection are all expressed in the act of baptism.


In light of this, child baptism does not appear to be a Biblical practice. An infant is incapable of placing his or her trust in Christ. An infant is unable to make a conscious decision to follow Christ's commands. An child is incapable of comprehending the significance of water baptism. Infants are not baptized in the Bible, according to the text. Child baptism is the root of the sprinkling and pouring procedures of baptism, which were developed since it is inappropriate and harmful to submerge an infant in water. Even the method of child baptism does not accord with the teachings of the Bible. When it comes to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, how can pouring or sprinkling serve as a visual representation?


Many Christians who practice child baptism do so because they believe that infant baptism is the new covenant counterpart of circumcision, which they believe is true. As circumcision connected a Hebrew to the Abrahamic and Mosaic covenants, baptism connected a person to the New Covenant of salvation via Jesus Christ, according to this viewpoint. This is an unbiblical point of view. Baptism is never mentioned in the New Testament as a New Covenant substitute for circumcision, which was the practice under the Old Covenant. Baptism is not mentioned once in the New Testament as a sign of the New Testament Covenant. It is only through faith in Jesus Christ that a person is able to benefit from the blessings of the New Covenant (1 Corinthians 11:25; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Hebrews 9:15).


Baptism does not save a person from their sins. Regardless of whether you were baptized by immersion, pouring, or sprinkling, baptism (regardless of the technique) is pointless and useless if you have not first placed your trust in Christ for salvation. In water baptism by immersion, a person publicly professes their faith in Christ and their identify with Him. It is an act of obedience that must be taken after redemption. Neither the biblical definition of baptism nor the biblical technique of baptism are compatible with infant baptization. The dedication of a child to Christ is totally legitimate for Christian parents who wish to commit their kid to the Lord Jesus Christ. While babies are dedicated to the Lord when they are born, when they grow up, they will still be required to personally choose to believe in Jesus Christ in order to be saved by the grace of God.