So not this weekend (because it's Easter) but next weekend the baby is getting baptized. This makes me think about the controversy surrounding infant baptism. My hubby has been baptized twice as a result of this. He was first baptized as a Catholic infant and then later as a teenager in the Baptist church. In the Catholic church, we recognize all baptism except those by Jehovah's witnesses and Mormons because they don't baptize in the trinity.
From what I understand in some Protestant churches you can have your infants baptized. Like Episcopalians baptize their children. Other Protestant's don't which adds to the confusing questions of "Are you saved?" "How long have you been saved?" and "Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior?" or alternatively "Have you accepted Jesus into your heart?" When I answer that I have been saved and give the date as one month after my birth, people give me a double take. Then I explain that I am Catholic as was baptized as an infant.
Then the controversy ensues. "Catholics aren't saved if they are baptized as infants. How can infants accept Jesus? They don't understand." This angers me because I don't remember a time in my life when I didn't know Jesus. And although infants are learning, they know more than we give them credit for. My son is 2 months and he knows the difference between Mom and Dad. I do believe that infants know who God is.
And what's worse to me is that people have to be baptized twice because infant baptism isn't recognized. So a person who grew up knowing Jesus converts and has to then accept Jesus and be "born again" for the second time. It doesn't make sense to me.
I don't understand why babies can't know Jesus. And I don't understand why babies are denied God's grace. I guess that I just don't understand. It's Easter; it just seems wrong.