Faith of Others

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And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and when they had made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “My son, your sins are forgiven.”
~ Mark 2:4-5

Our own faith can move Jesus’s heart to heal and forgive the sins of our loved ones. Sounds pretty much the same in principle as Infant Baptism. And this is why the Church teaches that it is permissible.

In Infant Baptism, the child who is unable to make his/her own choice, is brought to Christ through the Church because of their parents’ faith. The idea that the child’s lack of reason invalidates Infant Baptism is a very late heresy that stemmed only in the 1500s, primarily by the Anabaptists.

This group basically challenged the Church and said: “No, all the fathers and saints for the past 1500 years are wrong. We know better.”

This pride of theirs caused a disunity in the theological mind of the church, and their error trickles down to many denominations today.

Today, I pause to reflect on my own mission in inspiring others to know Christ more. Have my actions been radiating the love of Christ to others? Have I been a good herald of the Gospel through my actions? Who are the paralytics in our lives that need to be carried up and brought to Christ by our own hands?

 

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Noel Ethan Tan

Noel Ethan Tan

Noel is a Singaporean working as a rehabilitation counsellor at ACC(S) Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centre. He is currently doing a part-time Masters Program in Counselling and Guidance at NTU, Singapore. In his church ministry, Noel is currently serving in a young adults' Catholic community called Anawim that does Bible Exegesis. Noel is also pursuing a Certificate in Theology at the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore. His favorite Bible verse is 1 Peter 3:15 — “In your hearts, reverence Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to make a defense to any who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it with gentleness and reverence.”

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