As I stated yesterday I was baptized into the Greek-Orthodox faith as a child, I have been struggling with this as of late, I know Protestants and Orthodox believers have different takes on this. So is baptism as a child right ? There are no scriptures in the Bible that refer to a child being baptized. Must you first understand and accept the gospel before you can be baptized ? Therefore a child does not understand and can not know what is happening. The following in Mark tells us to repent and believe in the gospel. Now how can a child repent and believe ? So I guess my question here is it a good idea to be baptized again ? And for those who support child baptism, can you provide scriptures as to where it is biblical. And yes I know about the traditions, I'm assuming this was also one of the traditions brought by the Orthodox Churches since it clearly not to biblical.
Mar 1:14 Now after John was delivered up, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God,
Mar 1:15 and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe in the gospel
These following scriptures describe men receiving the Holy Spirit without being baptized by just believing, and it also very clear that it states that those who believe on his name will have forgiveness of sins. So is baptism necessary to receive the Holy Spirit ? Is it necessary for salvation ? They were asked to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ later on but that was clear to show a public devotion to Christ.
Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit:
Mat 28:20 teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
Acts 10:43-48 -- "(43)'All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.'
(44)While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. (45)The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. (46)For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.
(47)Then Peter said, 'Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.' (48)So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days."
John 3:5 -- "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit."
Is this scripture actually stating to be baptized of water or physical birth ? To be born into this world and then to be born again of spirit ?