A Conversation for Believer's Baptism - Getting Wet in the Name of Christianity
Uncle Ghengis Started conversation Dec 10, 2002
I take it that you've been 'dunked' !?
Proper 'sheep dip' method and all ?
R2D2 Posted Dec 11, 2002
As a child, and following a small number of Sunday School changes to find one that suited me, I was told about Baptism. Apparently it took place in a pool below the main pulpit in the chapel. The thirteen or so year olds were dunked in water whilst wearing a nightie or something similar. I had not been christened as a child. I was told by my mother that this was to remove sin and if a child is born of love then why would we need to remove sin? So Baptism loomed and I opted out at the earliest possible opportunity. Approaching puberty, there was no way I was going to be dunked in flimsy clothing before the rest of the chapel. And please, I had no early understanding of perversions of any kind, or any inkling that I could even suspect that of the others in the chapel. Well informed or not, it simply did not feel right at the time.
So here I am now at 40, not christened or baptised. I don't feel left out. I have always thought that my relationship with God is between me and him. I don't need to go to church, chapel or whatever to prove it. I speak to him, he speaks to me.
We have not had many conversations over the last years - what little faith I had has diminished greatly. Perhaps this is something to do with having a friend who has cancer, eating away at her daily. She has two children 5 and under, and she has been the best friend I could have hoped for over the last few years. I had a hard time and she was there for me - often possibly without realising it. Life seems unfair at the best of times. For such a wonderful person, it simply stinks now.
I believe God is within all of us as we choose and to the extent that we choose. My friend seeks him out. I wonder where she gets her faith in her current predicament.
We all seek what we need.
I have said in the past that I am an agnostic, but never that I am an aetheist. I hope that there is something better for us somewhere else.
I also hope that my friend finds the peace that she deserves. She has given life to beautiful and wonderful children. In this life, they are a proud testament. Her impending and premature loss makes me wonder if He is really there. And if so, why oh why, do you have to do this?
leesmojo Posted Feb 7, 2010
I have never been baptized either, but I have been thinking about it recently. I believe in God and have accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I haven't been baptized because it seems like every church wants you to be a member of their congregation. I'm just not real sure I want to be a member and go to church regularly. My mom died of cancer just a little less than five months before you posted this message, r2d2. I believe she is in heaven right now and perhaps knows your friend,because I'm sure she's there ,too. They are in a heck of a better place than we are, that's for sure. Hope you are still frequenting this site to read this.
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