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Tuesday, January 31st 2006

9:03 PM

Lost, Blog Comments and Baptism

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We are big fans of the TV show Lost and were all quite pleased with the turn that the story took last week, which ultimately resulted in the baptism of Aaron, the baby who was born on the island.

Dr. Veith posted about this on Cranach several days ago, and the comments have been really interesting. I hadn't checked them since Sunday and the discussion has been very active since then, largely becoming a discussion of infant baptism. There are a number of excellent comments, but I was particularly struck by the last couple of paragraphs of a comment by Pastor Cwirla:

For a Lutheran, Holy Baptism applied to an infant perfectly depicts the central article of the justification of a sinner by God's grace (undeserved kindness) through faith (trust in the promise of salvation in Christ) for Christ's sake.

As for "infant faith," Luther refused to speculate on things he could not know. Who can really know what an infant trusts? Baptism gives the person, whether infant or adult, something tangible to trust. It's nice to know that Christ died to save the world. It's even better to know in Baptism that He died "for you." The words "for you" require all hearts to believe.

I'll even dare to speak personally. (Yes, Lutherans have personal testimonials too!). I was baptized when I was five weeks old, was nurtured in the Liturgy, catechized by my parents and pastor, etc. As a result, I do not have a single conscious moment in my life when I did not know and trust Jesus Christ as my Savior. That's why I can't relate to "Amazing Grace" when it sings "I once was lost but now I'm found." I have to believe from the Scriptures that I once was lost, but I have no such memory or experience. I've always been found in Jesus.

This really resonated with me. When I was active in Young Life as a teen people were always trying to convince me that I *had* to have "decided" at some point. That there was *no way* that I'd always believed. ( Or alternately, that I wasn't truly saved.)

Anyway, it will be interesting to see where Lost takes this story.


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Posted by Jane Casey:

I missed that comment about Christ's baptism. I'm going to have to go take a look at it. (I love my DVR!)
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Baptism is not a work of ours; we certainly can't trust in any works of ours! Rather baptism is the work of the Holy Spirit. We're not the actor, God is.
Thursday, February 9th 2006 @ 6:20 AM

Posted by Mama Bear June:

Hi, found my way here via Jennifer's blog Sob'ah My Soul. We, too, are huge Lost fans and yes, Bean, I was also taken aback by the comment about the baptism of Jesus. Something like "it washed away His sins"????? :o But, you certainly can't count on the major networks to get much right when it comes to Christianity! :P

I must say I strongly disagree with the writer who said "Baptism gives a person something tangible to trust." We are to trust in Jesus, not in any "works" we have done. I was brought up in the Lutheran church, spent years in rebellion and was saved at 30yo. Now I'm more comfortable in a Baptist or Reformed Presbyterian church. God is still teaching me day by day. :)
Thursday, February 9th 2006 @ 12:26 AM

Posted by Bean:

I enjoyed the last new episode of LOST very much... but I was rather shocked at the comment made about the baptizm of Christ. :o

Did you catch it?? What is your opinion on it?
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