Skip to comments.I baptize thee in the name of...whatever
Posted on 04/13/2006 10:39:54 PM PDT by sionnsar
From an article on the decline in the number of baptisms in USA Today.
There are now baptism-style ceremonies where God is never mentioned by parents seeking to initiate their children into a world of all faiths, says Ema Drouillard of San Francisco, who runs the website Ceremonyway.com.
She conducted such an event for Kirsten and Farnum Alston of Marin County, Calif., for their baby, Greer, in 1998. "We just wanted a larger spirit to guide our daughter, but we didn't want to get specific. I wanted all her bases covered," says Kirsten Alston. The couple grew up Presbyterian, but now "we just do Christianity L-I-T-E" for Greer, who "believes in angels and fairies, leprechauns and Santa Claus."
Marin County; where else?
Baptism-style ceremonies where God is never mentioned. Whats the big deal? Ive had to sit through plenty of church services where God is barely mentioned. I once suggested taking down the silly cross from over the altar and putting up a big mirror so we could see whom we were actually worshipping. (Sorry - thats too snarky for Holy Week. Mea maxima culpa.)
Even if I were not Christian and just wanted a larger spirit to guide my daughter, I think Id at least have some interest in just what kind of spirit I was invoking. I am always amazed at the unspoken assumption that most spiritual people seem to adopt unawares namely, the assumption that all spirits are somehow equivalent. Just because you are in touch with the spiritual, why do you assume that that the spirit youre in touch with is actually good?
I also have a question. If you just do Christianity L-I-T-E," do you wind up finding salvation L-I-T-E? Lite religion is like lite beer less filling, tastes bad. Why bother? Hundreds of thousands of mainline American Protestants have asked that question, come up empty, and either switched to the real thing or just quit drinking entirely.
***I embrace all religious paths, cultures and races.***
Someone is going to have a rude awakening one day.
Marin County photo from today. Caption away.
Ping to read later
This is pathetic.
...San Francisco...believes in ...fairies
True, as they say, "by inspection". No problem believing in fairies there.
**"We just wanted a larger spirit to guide our daughter, but we didn't want to get specific.***
Here is one! (Micaiah's vision) I Kings 22:22.. I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his (Ahab's)prophets.
What better spirit guide can you ask for?
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