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To: Cronos
Here is the proof for you sola scriptura types from the bible

This is an improper use of the term sola scriptura. As one of them 'types' myself, that isn't the issue here.

729 posted on 03/21/2010 9:54:59 PM PDT by xone
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To: xone; Ken4TA
Actually, I beg to differ -- Ken said that Infant Baptism was wrong scripturally and historically. If you take the term sola scriptura (which I don't), even then, Ken is incorrect -- Scripture does not say baptism to be restricted to adults.

If you take history and tradition, even then you read about Tertullian in his writing On Baptism where he says "happy is our sacrament of water, in that, by washing away the sins of our early blindness we are set free and into the eternal life" or Clement where he says that "For thus he wishes us to be converted and to become children acknowledging him who is truly our father, regenerated by water; and this is a different beginnging than that of creation" --> both these indicate that Baptism is a SACRAMENT, not just a symbol (which I beleive Presbyterians and Baptists believe that is it just a symbol -- corrections to that statement are welcome).

Secondly, did the Early Church practise infant baptism? YES -- I've posted repeatedly words of Origen
"The Church received from the Apostles the tradition of giving Baptism even to infants. For the Apostles, to whom were committed the secrets of divine mysteries, knew that there is in everyone the innate stains of sin, which must be washed away through water and the Spirit"
and St. Cyprian
"In respect to the case of infants, which you say ought not to be baptised within the second or third day after birth, and that hte law of ncient circumcision be regarded, so that you think that one who is just born should not be baptised and sanctified within the eighth day,we all thought very differently in our council. For in this course which you thought was to be taken, no one agreed; but we all rather judge that the mercy and grace of God is not to be refused to any one born of man.. we ought to shrink from hindering an infant, who being lately born, has not sinned, except in that, being born after the flesh accrding to Adam, he has ontracted teh contagion of the ancient death as its earliest birth, who approaches the more easily on this very account to the reception of the forgiveness of sins -- that to him are remitted, not his own sincs, but the sins of another (Adam)"
So scripturally, traditionally and historically there is no case to deny infants baptism. On the contrary, one finds scriptural proof of baptism as the New Testament's circumcision where entire households are baptised and one finds historical proof of it being practised by the early Christians.
736 posted on 03/22/2010 1:12:21 AM PDT by Cronos (Origen(200AD)"The Church received from theApostles the tradition of giving Baptism even to infants")
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