posted on Jun, 11 2014 @ 03:14 AM
a reply to: seabhac-rua
Your point of view is shared by millions and millions.
I baptized twice. Once at age 12 on Mother's Day and then my 2nd son was born on Mother's Day when I was 21. I thought that was interesting poetry
and quite pretty. I baptized again a few years ago in a different church. The day I baptized the lottery numbers came up my oldest son's birthday. I
belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and they believe that baptism only comes with accountability. That means you don't need to
baptize before the age of eight because babies are sinless. The law generally supports the beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
The reason I say this is because if you and your girlfriend have to go to family court regarding custody, you can use a spiritual pursuit as a means
to gain the upper hand. If you agreed (such as through a baptism) to raise your child through a certain faith you could use that belief to gain
custody of your child. I agree. It's better not to baptize babies because at the age of eight, your child should have some idea of God and a sense of
self enough to form personal beliefs. Around age eight would be when your child with your girlfriend (not married, right?) would also be able to have
an opinion about which parent he should reside with.
Here's the ugly about baptism if that's not enough to make you cringe a little:
My oldest son never baptized and I didn't baptize him as an infant at his father's request. I was fine with his atheistic view of the world.
HOWEVER, I was pregnant with my son at 15 which is rape by law in the state of Michigan. It was never prosecuted. Instead, the state paid me to tell
my story to other teens in a way that it wasn't rape, it was my accountability (once again, a very Mormon perception). I didn't even know it was
rape. I'm a little bummed because I did investigate adoption and that probably would have been the selling point to make me do it and have a much
better life for my son today. Not that I'm a bad mother. I was just young raising him. My son's grandfather was a college student who married a
fourteen year old girl when he got her pregnant to evade legal consequences. That was rape that was never prosecuted. My 1st husband admitted to child
pornography to law enforcement and it was never prosecuted (I still have the police report. Sorry, Michigan). So when I baptized a few years ago into
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints I wanted both my children to attend. It was a very big deal to me. My oldest son was on probation at
the time and he was not allowed to attend by his probation officer. I cried and screamed at her. I'm not proud of that today, but I was really hurt.
All I wanted to know was that I might have eternity with my son that was in dire trouble and struggling with the state. I wanted him to know that I
loved God and how I express that in an appropriate way. That evening the lottery numbers came up my son's birthday. I even watched them draw the
balls, which I never do. I do not play. The numbers pulled were 9911. He was born on 9/11. I think that I have eternity with my son who struggled
right along side me for many years as I was being punished by the state. I think that my Mother's Day baby is a good sign from God that he knows that
when I chose to baptize at the age of twelve on Mother's Day that was my I Love You to Him and He said I Love You right back. I DO believe the
lottery numbers are fixed. I DO believe the State of Michigan is in the wrong and that someone saw what happened to me. I DO believe that God IS and
that He is with me 100% and one day I will be in Heaven. Baptizing is an I Love You to God. I DON'T believe my son is akin to a terrorist. I believe
we have been subject to terrorist type attacks, my little family. I DO believe the United States is capable of oppression and abuse as evidenced by
the minimum wage pay I received for speaking publicly about my rape when I should have been sitting in my own classroom receiving my own education. Or
as evidenced by the lack of prosecution in the case of my 1st husband for child pornography. My youngest son was baptized in the Reformed Church as an
infant and his father, the one who has addictions to child pornography tried to take my rights away by saying he belonged in that church because
that's where we baptized him. People will use baptisms to abuse you in your faith but a person with faith should always be true to GOD. That's me.