What does your baptism mean to you now?

by GiftsinMen 59 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • The Marvster
    The Marvster

    oops didn't answer the question...

    to me my baptism was a lie, my own lie to myself, and to the congregation.... but also belief in a lie by the WBTS which I happened to belief... it means nothing to me now...

  • Village Idiot
    Village Idiot
    I thought I was going to be transformed somehow. Nothing radical or ecstatic but I thought I'd feel a change of some kind. I didn't.
  • ThinkerBelle
    My baptism was me going through a motion that was expected. I wasn't spiritually ready, that's for sure. I didn't feel or think any different afterwards. I just got tired of people asking me when.....because obviously if you are born-in and an elder's kid, you should be baptized by 13.
  • sparrowdown

    My baptism isn't worth the paper it's.......hang on a minute there was no paper.

    That means they have never had any hold on me...doh, why didn't I figure this out sooner.

  • Bonsai
    I thought I had baptized myself to "the God of Love", but the elders recently admonished me that my baptism is a lawful contract to an Organization. So..... I guess my baptism isn't what I thought it was, and consequently, doesn't mean anything.
  • Wasanelder Once
    Wasanelder Once
    I equate my baptism with a childish desire to find approval with man and deity. Now I could care what either think. Ergo my baptism was a child's game I really thought meant something but in the long run was just another rite of passage in this life. Unfortunately we were robbed of most others, bday's etc. It means no more than one of life's sillier moments.
  • LongHairGal

    Sorry to say, but my Catholic infant baptism is more valid to me, because I feel I was deceived about the Jehovah's Witness religion. I feel like a victim of bait and switch.

    By the way, this was the 70s before the talk about "Organization ".

    I was simply interested in end-time prophecy and I was given the impression JWs had "special knowledge" and had no clergy and everybody was equal. Instead, I found myself in a high-control group fending off users and being surrounded by phony judgmental people. It really does a number on your mind!

    Bottom line: I would never have joined JWs if I knew the real nature of it all. Unfortunately, this took time to reveal itself.

    Even though I am sorry about all the broken dreams and the few kind people I met, I could not continue in this charade.


    What does your baptism mean to you now?

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  • smiddy

    To answer the O.P.`s question , sweet F.A. and that was in 1960 .


  • Half banana
    Half banana

    I imagined that serving God was the best thing to do and I also imagined that JWs had “the truth.” It was the required ritual for joining the club...and so I did it.

    I have always been essentially irreverent, so I should have dived into the baptismal pool as was my notion at the time. I just wish now that I had been more irreverent and skeptical. That’s the problem with religion...it is no fun...people take idiotic beliefs seriously. I agree with Dawkins that people who hold unsupportable religious dogma should be mocked for it...had I been mocked for doing so; it would have saved me years of heartache.

    GIM: for me my baptism is forgotten and meaningless but this is not to condemn those who feel otherwise...we all have our private myths and milestones.

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