This URL no longer available! then I noticed this post was from 2003!
As far as baptism:
Why not? why delay?
[u:4qjx9wov]Act 16:33[/u:4qjx9wov] And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their wounds, and [b:4qjx9wov]he was baptized at once, with all his family[/b:4qjx9wov].
[u:4qjx9wov]Act 8:36[/u:4qjx9wov] And as they went along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “[b:4qjx9wov]See, here is water! What is to prevent my being baptized?[/b:4qjx9wov]
Water is essential for life.
Before we are formed in the womb God knows us Jer 1:5,
As the Hebrews welcomed their 8 day old sons into the nation of Israel.. so do we through baptism welcome our children into the body of Christ and his Church. We both are called to raise our children in the faith:
Deu 6:7 ‘and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
1Ti 4:11 Command and teach these things.
2Ti 2:2 and what you have heard from me before many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
As far as amniotic fluid, [Post by TCWITPAFOT1T315] there’s nothing pure about that!
Baptism is the ‘cleansing water’ of rebirth, by the power of the living Word.
Water is symbolic of the Holy Spirit, the rock of Horeb supplied “living water” a symbol of God’s Divine help and spirit.
The hebrews of Jesus day took baptism very seriously Jhn 1:24,25
The prophets had already described the Spirit in terms of water in their promises concerning the last days. and Jesus takes up this image – in this case not one of immersion by stepping into water but rather water being poured onto people:
Eze 39:29, Isa 44:3
Jesus is the Lord of Water exercised by His Divine power over Water.
His voice is like the sound of many waters.
Jhn 7:38- 39 “He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.'”
Now this he said about the Spirit, which those who believed in him were to receive; ..”
In the celebration of baptism, the parents, god- parents, the congregation al publicly ask for the Child to be baptized.
After baptism it is the the responsibility of the parents to assist the child to know God, whose adopted Child he/ she has become.
it is the duty of he priest to prepare families for the baptism of the Child.
My guess is that protestants outside of Lutheranism, believe Justification is granted to all who have faith, and baptism is a profession of that faith.
Whereas there are biblical instances where children have been healed by the faith of the parents or head of household Matt 15:28; Mark 8;13;