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« Topic Start: May 09, 2007, 11:11:34 pm »


Note About This ThreadIn the "When Others Pray For You" thread, Oaksworn said this:

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This is something that I've been wondering about for a couple of years.  If you are baptised as a baby, as most are, is the oath binding?  The individual so baptised is incapable of voicing their consent or understanding what it means.  Christianity/Catholicism holds that this rite, if I remember correctly, is to wash the sin from the individual and thereby adopt them into their faith and then into their Heaven when the individual dies.  What happens when a baptised individual walks away from Christianity as many pagans have?  Is the oath broken or is there more to it?

I'm splitting this off into a separate discussion because I feel like there's a lot of discussion to be had and either it or the original topic may get lost in the other thread if we try to do both in one place. 

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What happens when a baptised individual walks away from Christianity as many pagans have?  Is the oath broken or is there more to it?

I never made that oath.  My parents took that choice away from me.  But even still, I look at it as being blessed by the element of Water, and me being a pisces, that doesn't bother me.  My parents thought they were doing the right thing, but I don't believe that making an oath to raise someone to be a good whatever religion their parents are.  I have no problem with a blessing: asking whatever deity for protection over their child to be healthy and happy... but I do have a problem with making an oath for an infant to later follow in life. 

In my belief system all gods are the same god and all goddesses are the same goddess, so to me it's not that big a deal even in that I was a confirmed Christian of the Methodist tradition when I was in the 7th grade.  I don't think I knew enough to make that decision then and I was under the pressure of my parents and teachers because that is what all of the rest of the 7th graders did.  It wasn't until I was out of my parents' household that I finally had the freedom to explore my own ideas of spirituality.
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