It seems to me that this is a difficulty created by the doctrines of necessity of baptism, age of…
Justin Watkins

Every parent shepherds their children in the way of life they have come to decide is right, correct, or good. This is understandable and completely unavoidable. It is every parent’s right to indoctrinate their children with the beliefs that they hold. But ‘age of accountability’ baptism is more reflective of the parent’s desires than of the child’s, and we must remember and accept this.
By no means would I expect anyone to fully understand the entire set of choices and their consequences before the decision is made. This is not possible and no one makes decisions this way. But we should try to attain a reasonable level of awareness around an issue, and when the issue involves covenants with God I would hope and expect the bar for understanding to be higher then what an eight year old is capable of.
The crux of my problem is in the way we talk about this baptism issue. It’s all couched in terms that imply personal choice. A choice which, as I stated, I don’t think these eight year olds are capable of making. But we hand children this choice, with its commandments and covenants, and then hold them accountable for it saying, “Remember, you already made this choice and thus are duty bound to honor it.” You cannot be bound by a covenant when you are incapable of understanding what the details of the covenant are or what it requires. Legally, we recognize that some decisions are beyond this stage of development. I think we need to make a decision about the nature of baptism.
If we say it is needed to confer the Holy Ghost so we can make proper faith based decisions, then I am all for it. If we want to think of this as an essential ordinance which is necessary for salvation, then we should shift closer to Christianity or just call it a ritualistic induction to the church and passageway to adulthood. Like the Jewish bar mitzvah and Buddhist shinbyu.
But if we are going to call it a choice with binding conditions, then we should push it back a dozen years until metacognition has kicked in and we are more capable of understanding what the choice means.

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