Too young to get baptized?

What is the right age for a child to understand the truth about salvation?  It is a concept that even adults can struggle with.  Recently our family was discussing in the book of Mark when John The Baptist baptized Jesus.  Our 5-year old wanted to know more about what being baptized means.  We believe in baptism by immersion so we explained to him how that is done.  He was less than thrilled to learn what it involves.  He is a worrier and frets over things at times.  Since then he has been asking questions about baptism.  He has never questioned that someday he will choose to be baptized.  We have told him he does not  need to think about it too much until he is a little older.  I do believe, however, that he has a fairly good grasp of God’s grace and forgiveness and the price Christ paid on the cross for our sins. 

On a funny note, yesterday he found his swimming goggles while we were cleaning up around the house.  He looked at them for a while and seemed to be thinking about something.    Then he said, “Mommy, when I go baptizing, can I wear my goggles?”.  It seems he felt that it would help alleviate his fears of going under the water if he could wear his goggles.  🙂

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