Re: I Feel My Life is Over
Posted: 06 Dec 2016, 14:35
I'm pretty much in this same spot. That's part of the "orthoprax" me. I don't really view baptism as necessary, but I do believe it is an expression of faith or desire to show one's willingness to follow Christ if they so choose. I think it's very personal and could be done without any express authority (priesthood or otherwise). I did at one time delay my youngest son's baptism, and I actually feel bad about that - but I didn't know/believe then what I know/believe now. My greatest faith crisis regret is not participating in some of the rites of passage involving my children - it's something you can't undo. Had I participated with the attitude that it's all just symbolic to the individual receiving it anyway I would have no such regrets.Roadrunner wrote:This is exactly the philosophy I've adopted. It's sort of a twist on Pascal's wager. I don't believe much beyond God and Christ but at this point but by actively serving I'm hoping I can "do more good than harm" to my family and the people in my ward.Roy wrote: What is the harm of laying my hands on my son's head and welcoming him to a "club" of men that he can hopefully look up to? If we are all staring annihilation in the face then what really matters? In my estimation what matters are the relationships that we build with each other.
That being said my wife know the extent to which I (don't) believe and every once in a while when I'm tired or grumpy I remind her and it brings nothing but tears and sadness. We are on a lonely trail in this life and so are our spouses.