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Cast Your Vote:

    • We have/will baptize(d) -- Votes: 20
    • No, we have/will christen(ed) -- Votes: 2
    • No, we haven't/won't baptize(d) -- Votes: 40
    • Other religious ceremony, yes -- Votes: 5
    • Other -- Votes: 1
user banned 3 kids; Los Angeles, California 54034 posts
13th Jun '13

We have not and would not. We're atheist. this has caused a bit of strife with my catholic mother who insisted we give them "the benefit of the doubt".:roll: In that case, I haven't the time to baptize them into every religion "just in case". If that's something they come into on their own accord as adults, well, there isn't much I can do about it.

Samantha Lembo TTC since Jul 2012; 1 child; Bradenton, Florida 751 posts
13th Jun '13

IDK what to vote b/c this is a whole big thing for us right now. I want to and my family is freaking out about it, but SO keeps telling me no. He was raised Baptist, so they do Baptism and Communion together at an older age, whereas I was raised Catholic. We have Baptism for babies, where the parents and godparents vow to raise the child in the Catholic Church, First Communion when they are 8, I think, and Confirmation at 14, where we make the decision and vow to continue to live the Catholic faith for the duration of our lives. It was only recently that I learned that other denominations viewed Baptism as a Confirmation of sorts. Every step is clearly separate for us. Neither of us is practicing right now. SO doesn't make any attempt at finding a church down here and I'd like to go back to my church, but he doesn't want DS to be Catholic. I feel like since SO doesn't care enough to attend services that I should just go where I want and take DS with me... :/

user banned 3 kids; Los Angeles, California 54034 posts
13th Jun '13

Also- I was baptized as a baby and it means precisely zero to me. So...not sure what the point would even be even if we were religious.

Interrobang!? 6 kids; Ontario 1176 posts
13th Jun '13

We've had ours Baptized. DH and I aren't religious, we're actually both quite strong atheists. But his family and most of my family expect it and we're not opposed to raising our kids with knowledge of the Catholic faith and the customs we carry on from it, despite not being religious.



Also, we figured since we don't believe anyway, what harm is it going to do to throw a little water on a kid's head and have some prayers said over them? Especially since it makes our families happy.

user banned 1 child; Nunya, CA, United States 6369 posts
13th Jun '13

I dedicated my son. He will grow up in a church of my choosing and will be baptized when he is old enough to understand what it is and why he is doing it.

Leah+2 2 kids; Texas 5797 posts
13th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting **Blessed Insanity **:</b>" our thinking on it is this. Faith is a personal journey, not something that can be forced upon anyone. ... [snip!] ... your commitment. not something a child can do, or should do, as they are born free of sin. So would not need that atonement. "</blockquote>




I agree with all of this.... lol. What religion are you? I think I have such a problem with "formed" churches because I haven't found one that I believe EVERYTHING they do.

**Blessed_Insanity** 7 kids; Wyoming 18896 posts
13th Jun '13
Quoting Leah+1.5:" <blockquote><b>Quoting **Blessed Insanity **:</b>" our thinking on it is this. Faith ... [snip!] ... are you? I think I have such a problem with "formed" churches because I haven't found one that I believe EVERYTHING they do."


I am LDS. I am convert lol. I searched for awhile as a child till I found this faith. And everything in its doctrine clicked with what I believed prior to finding it. Only down side, is that my family is very against my faith lol. They are sort of like you in the regards they are against organized religion. Which made it hard as a child growing up knowing what you believed in was true, but feeling like a disappointment to your family because of what you believed.

Leah+2 2 kids; Texas 5797 posts
13th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting **Blessed Insanity **:</b>" I am LDS. I am convert lol. I searched for awhile as a child till I found this faith. And everything ... [snip!] ... up knowing what you believed in was true, but feeling like a disappointment to your family because of what you believed. "</blockquote>




I wouldn't say I'm against it, I just haven't found the right one for me. If that makes sense. And I honestly don't know if I'll ever find one where I believe what they do 100%. It's kinda daunting to go into a church search with that feeling :( which is why it's been..... 6 ish years since I went to a church. I've been doing my own walk and everything but sometimes I feel alone because the church community is nice to have.

**Blessed_Insanity** 7 kids; Wyoming 18896 posts
13th Jun '13
Quoting Leah+1.5:" <blockquote><b>Quoting **Blessed Insanity **:</b>" I am LDS. I am convert lol. I ... [snip!] ... a church. I've been doing my own walk and everything but sometimes I feel alone because the church community is nice to have."


I totally get what you mean. Church family is so nice to have there is a sense of comfort having ppl of similar standards to be around..I was very happy when I started taking the lessons from the Missionaries and learning more about what the church taught and believed in.

Mama J♡ Due February 24 (boy); 3 kids; Arizona 3116 posts
14th Jun '13

All three of my children are baptized catholics!, They are growing up in a church of my choosing.

FroggysMommy 1 child; Golden, Colorado 27014 posts
status 14th Jun '13
Quoting [JadeLee]:" Nope, I will not. I am not religious and if they want to join a church in the future they can always ... [snip!] ... any being would send a child to hell if they were not. And if that were the case I would not want my child subjected to that."


This. Just as if God would condemn someone for not being baptized and need that to be "saved," or would condemn someone for being gay... dude, I don't want my child in that "Heaven" nor do I want to be there.

TheNuge 1 child; Pennsylvania 23052 posts
14th Jun '13
Quoting S & S *11weeks*:" Just wondering. Have you baptized your kids or will you baptize your kids? I've been baptized, but I'm ... [snip!] ... in dedicating a baby to one religion without their consent, but to each their own! My cousin is getting her newborn baptized."


I wish. I'm Christian and my husband is Jewish. We haven't figured religion out yet.
I think it's important to raise children in a faith community so I'm pro-baptism.

Minion Due September 30 (girl); 2 kids; ., GA, United States 21532 posts
14th Jun '13

I'm Wiccan, so I definitely will not be baptizing any of my babies. Lol!
We do have a Wiccaning Ceremony to welcome babies/children into the faith, but it's not mandatory and I don't even know if I will do that. SO is Christian so I don't think he would be down for that, lol!

user banned 2 kids; Silly, Belgium 6539 posts
14th Jun '13

We don't have baptism or a baptism equivalent in my religion. So no. What we do is sacrifice a sheep for the sake of the baby, give the meat in charity, shave the head and weigh it and give the weight in silver in charity. Other religious traditions include doing the call to prayer in newborn's ears so it's the first thing they hear, the father chewing a small piece of date and smearing a bit of the juice in the baby's cheek, circumcision and throwing a small party to announce the birth and distribute the aforementioned sheep meat.