Retarded Persons Baptized?

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  1. Michael Wrenn

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    I wonder how Baptists would feel about baptizing retarded persons--that is, those who cant articulate faith in Christ? If such persons are retarded to the degree that they could never decide for or against Christ, won't they go to heaven when they die, and wouldn't it thus be permissible to baptize them?
     
  2. Joseph_Botwinick

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    Michael,

    I am moving this thread to Baptist Theology as it seems to fit better there.

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  3. Brian

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    This baptist feels that if the person is that mentally incompetent then the person in question is like the youngest of childeren who haven't reached an age (mentally) of accountability. So as such should not be baptized. In fact fi they can't articulate a belief in God or Christ as Savior wouldn't it make a mockery of baptism?
     
  4. Michael Wrenn

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    Since they are innocent and always will be and can thus never reach an age odf accountability, and since when they die they will be go to heaven like all infants who die, why would it be a mockery to baptize them? Wouldn't it instead be a representation of the love, mercy, and grace of God?
     
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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Since they are innocent and always will be and can thus never reach an age odf accountability, and since when they die they will be go to heaven like all infants who die, why would it be a mockery to baptize them? Wouldn't it instead be a representation of the love, mercy, and grace of God? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    No it would not be an act of love. It would be like trying to play God. I agree that person will go to heaven, but that is God's call. We are not to baptize someone unless they profess Christ and if he cannot profess that Christ is the Son of God, then we are not to baptize them. Mike alot of your beliefs are way out there, my friend.

    God speed.
     
  6. Michael Wrenn

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    Maybe so, but I'd rather be compassionate than right.
     
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    Michael,

    Do you not think you can be both? Do you really think you have to baptize a mentally handicapped person to be "Compassionate"? Or are you proposing to do so in order for you to feel better about yourself and have a warm fuzzy moment?

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