I want to be Baptized…
Sumanth says: on September 6, 2012 at 2:36 pm
Hi, I am Sumanth, 24, from a Hindu Brahmin family. It’s been two years since I came to love Jesus as my Lord, and I WANT TO GET BAPTIZED and commit my life to Him (of my own free will). Going forward, I would prefer to marry a Christian because I would like to spiritually grow together. I would like my kids to know Jesus (but they are free to choose). My parents have always encouraged me in matters of faith and will stand by my decision.
I would like to know what difficulties may arise if I get baptized -
1. Can I get baptized and still legally be a Hindu? I am proud of my Hindu roots and ancestry
2. What all possible problems can there be in marriage?
Will a Christian family be willing to give their daughter’s hand?
3. I am the only son – how do I perform my parents’ last rites? Do I bury them or cremate them? If I do Hindu Shraddh according to my parents’ wishes, I will have to bow to Hindu Gods, Priests, etc as part of the ceremony (note – I deeply respect Hinduism) …, but will God forgive me and other Christians understand my dilemma?
I want to go ahead and get baptized, but want to know what challenges may arise.
You already love Jesus and trust him and follow him, so why you have to get baptized? What that ‘labeling’ has to do with your faith? Do you feel you will get any new benefit from baptizing, that you are not getting right now?
You have to understand that Christians and Muslims are proselytizing religions, and they will not rest till the whole world is converted to their own faiths. This labeling will help them for their vote power (view Gurumaa). After being a Christian, they will want you to be a member of their church and pay them hefty money so they could go and convert others.
Baptism is a legal document and after that you are no more a Hindu. Those priests will tell you that you could continue being a Hindu for a little while but ultimately they will not tolerate a Hindu any more (read Bible on Hindus?)
Like your parents who encouraged you to be a free spirited, why you want to get locked in to one practice? There are 36000 Christian denominations, have you explored at least a few? Why will you not explore those other churches and their type of Baptism; may be it is better for you. Have you read Koran? It is a beautiful message about one god; you must read it and talk to Muslim scholars before Baptizing. You should also read great messages of Lord Buddha; that is why many Western Christians are now converting to Buddhism. You should also read writings of Swami Vivekananda. Don’t take a hasty decision till you explored all other religions and options.
Follow Jesus not the church! Read great messages Jesus gave in chapters Matthew, Mark and Luke of the Bible. Don’t believe the hearsay (by Peter, Paul, Moses and your priest) in other chapters of the Bible.
- Jesus was not dogmatic and never asked any one to be baptized.
- He believed in freedom and was not exclusivist like today’s churches.
- He first time included all gentiles to the God’s kingdom.
- He also included all non-circumcised people, that LORD God said to Abrahim not to (Genesis 17:11).
- Jesus said it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath (Matthew 12:12). The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath (Mark 2:27). Apparently Jesus was interested in your karma, not dogmas.
- Further, Moses’ 2nd Commandment states LORD God is Jealous and He will punish if you pray to other gods (Exodus 20:4-5). Jesus changed this 2nd commandment to “love thy neighbors” (Matthew 22:39); further, he added, “There is no commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:31), how beautiful!!
- In general, the LORD God loved animal burned offering and animal sacrifices. To that Jesus clarified that “…to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is more than all the Whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” (Mark 12:33)
- Jesus focused more on being a good person rather than criticizing “other” gods or following dogmas blindly. Such loving message will certainly bring peace and harmony amongst Hindu-Christian-Muslim-Sikh and others.
- Jesus believed in love, not in jealously. If Jesus was in India today, probably he would not tell you not to bow to Krishna.
So, go ahead and have photos of Jesus and Krishna next to each other in your home and bow to both! If these ladies in this photo could happily do it, what is stopping you from it? Don’t follow the church and be baptized; instead believe in freedom.
Look, today the West is tired of churches. Churchgoers are dramatically reduced in Europe, why? Americans are writing “Do not follow Church, follow Jesus.” Even many Americans today are going one-step forward saying “We are all Hindus now!” As said before, many Americans are converting to Buddhism from Christianity. The World is going crazy for Hindu-Yoga. If the West is tired of Christian rigid rules, why are you going in the wrong direction?
Christian church crusaders have killed more number of people than all other religious groups combined (including Islam!). Read all atrocities churches have committed in Goa. Killing millions innocent people is not sin, but a child just born is carrying sin?
Sin, sin, sin. Your church will tell you that you are carrying the “original sin” and it can be removed only by baptism. The Adam may have committed sin with Eve, but tell them that you don’t believe in the biblical science; meaning 1) believe in Darwins’ law of evaluation, 2) don’t believe that the earth is the center of universe, 3) don’t believe that the earth was created in 2+4 days and 4) further believe Galileo was impressed by your churches for telling truth. Just tell them that you are pure and don’t need a baptism to remove any sin.
We hope you are a logical person. Do you believe that Mahatma Gandhiji will go to hell because he was not baptized? He respected Jesus and is that not enough? Is it not your karma, but a baptism label important for the God? A rapist and murder, who later baptized will go to heaven, while Gandhiji will go to hell? We hope you have brain to think critically.
You mentioned that “I will have to bow to Hindu Gods,… but will God forgive me”? This is a major problem with Abrahamic faiths. They are telling you that there is only one god and that is mine, like little kids, my Barbie doll is better than yours. Very silly. They will tell you that Hindus are idol-worshippers when their catholic churches are full of idols. Why (any) God will care if you bow to someone or something? God is not narrow minded? Why bowing to someone is a bigger sin than that of rapists, murders, robbers, and very mean spirited?
Please read Gandhi’s autobiography and it will wake you up. Gandhiji once said, “Your religion is like your mother. Just because your mother is less attractive than your friend’s mother you can’t abandon your mother and adopt a new one.”
The day you will get baptized, Gandhiji will cry because you abandon your own birth mother. You stated you are “proud of my Hindu roots and ancestry” but the day you gets baptized, your Hindu Brahmin ancestors are going to curse you and your parents. Your parents are absolutely God’s people who are allowing you to be a free spirited, why will you not learn good things from them and want to get stuck in church’s dogmas?
DO NOT GET trapped in a corner, you are a free spirited man and remain that way. Trust and believe in Jesus, Krishna, Allah, your parents and good friends. You have NOTHING TO GAIN by baptizing, except after baptism you will be locked into their fold. Remain Dharmic. Go tell them that you want to take 5 more years to read about all other religions and then will make a decision. Believe us, they will get frustrated and annoyed at you because you are delaying the conversion.
Give them this site location and ask them to reply here. They are all about the vote power and your money, think, think, think. They are out to divide India, they are out to add poison between Hindus, Muslims and Jesus lovers. We hope you are not a weak minded, best wishes.-Admin
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