On Baptism And Burial

On Baptism And Burial

ALLOW me to express my disappointment and dismay on the incident of a two-month-old baby buried outside a cemetery of Uukwandongo, Ongandjera, in the northern part of our country.

Reason being that this baby was not baptised by the time of her death. This was aired on the NBC Open File Programme of Tuesday night, February 13, 2006.It is indeed a very disturbing experience to a mother as well as to many other Christians, and I feel empathy for this young mother.This issue will not bring emotional healing and peace in her life.I believe that I am not the only Christian who is disturbed by this issue.It is true that we need to have rules and regulations to keep orders in any organisation; the same thing applies to the House of the Lord which is the church.But if it comes to Christianity, things should be done according to God’s way and not according to our own ways.I want to pose a question to some of our Christian leaders whether our church rules and regulations are really based on the word of God? Are they in the interest of Gods’ issues? As far as I am concerned, I don’t remember coming across a verse in the Bible impeding un-baptised babies or adults not to be buried with the baptised ones because they are sinners or for whatsoever reasons.Neither did I ever hear of it being preached in churches.Are some of the churches really trying to gather the lost sons/daughter or are they trying to prevent them from returning to the kingdom of God? What does baptism mean by the way? Does it mean that if a person was baptised when he/she was a baby, it will give him/her access to be buried where other “baptised” are buried? Yes, the Bible says that we should not judge one another (Luke 6:38 & Mathew 7:1-2), but if we really look at this closely, we do it almost every day, not even realising it.That is why we have to ask for daily forgiveness of known and unknown sins.In many cases we have our own deceased loved ones who were not living their lives according to God’s will, doing all sorts of things that contradict the word, we can name them.Just because they were baptised when small, did this gave them a guarantee/right to be buried amongst other “baptised” deceased and in fact out of church even, though I don’t have anything against it (being buried our church).Because being buried out of church or not is not what is going to save your life, not at all.So why differentiate between the two people? Are we not judging then though we claim God must be the judge? A few years ago there was another incident in the North, where a young deceased woman was prohibited from being buried in a church graveyard because she was from the so-called “oshiveva” churches.Whatever it means.Where are we going to? Children of Israel (God) wake up! Being a Pastor or a Christian leader can be very challenging.Of course I believe that by the grace and mercy of the Lord we are able to do it through His heavenly given wisdom.Provided we are hearing His voice and obeying His word and not what the flesh is prescribing to us.If possible, I want to urge the Council of Churches to intervene in cases like this one, and for them to revise their rules and regulations to be in line with the word of God.Thank you for considering my concern.Christian Via e-mail Note: Name and address provided – EdTourists’ Praise For Namibians AFTER many visits to Namibia from England and having driven thousands of kilometres on all types of road, my wife and I had our first motor accident on the morning of Monday 5th February.We were travelling on the B1 from Keetmanshoop to Windhoek in our Landrover when, about 130 km before Mariental, a tyre blew, the car rolled twice and we were fortunate to escape serious injury.The purpose of this letter is to thank everyone who helped us after the accident.First on the scene was a lady from Oranjemund, closely followed by a family from Windhoek and many more.All our belongings were collected and put back in the wrecked car, we were looked after and a breakdown service from Mariental was called.We could not have been better attended.In less than two hours, Pieter Hamilton from Mariental had arrived, loaded our wrecked car onto his trailer and he then drove us to Windhoek where he unloaded it at East End Motors.Gunter Klein of East End Motors took us to the Hotel Pension Uhland, who had made up a room for us, and then to the Eros Medi-Clinic where our injuries received first-class attention.The next day we contacted Mutual & Federal, our insurers, who dealt with our claim immediately and sympathetically, while other friends contacted Air Namibia who, due to our injuries, gave us a free upgrade for our return flight to London.We cannot thank all these people and organisations enough.The only sour note was when we tried to report the accident to the Windhoek Police, who, after we had stood in line for ever, just said “You must go back to Mariental”! Chris & Liz Card EnglandThis was aired on the NBC Open File Programme of Tuesday night, February 13, 2006.It is indeed a very disturbing experience to a mother as well as to many other Christians, and I feel empathy for this young mother.This issue will not bring emotional healing and peace in her life.I believe that I am not the only Christian who is disturbed by this issue.It is true that we need to have rules and regulations to keep orders in any organisation; the same thing applies to the House of the Lord which is the church.But if it comes to Christianity, things should be done according to God’s way and not according to our own ways.I want to pose a question to some of our Christian leaders whether our church rules and regulations are really based on the word of God? Are they in the interest of Gods’ issues? As far as I am concerned, I don’t remember coming across a verse in the Bible impeding un-baptised babies or adults not to be buried with the baptised ones because they are sinners or for whatsoever reasons.Neither did I ever hear of it being preached in churches.Are some of the churches really trying to gather the lost sons/daughter or are they trying to prevent them from returning to the kingdom of God? What does baptism mean by the way? Does it mean that if a person was baptised when he/she was a baby, it will give him/her access to be buried where other “baptised” are buried? Yes, the Bible says that we should not judge one another (Luke 6:38 & Mathew 7:1-2), but if we really look at this closely, we do it almost every day, not even realising it.That is why we have to ask for daily forgiveness of known and unknown sins.In many cases we have our own deceased loved ones who were not living their lives according to God’s will, doing all sorts of things that contradict the word, we can name them.Just because they were baptised when small, did this gave them a guarantee/right to be buried amongst other “baptised” deceased and in fact out of church even, though I don’t have anything against it (being buried our church).Because being buried out of church or not is not what is going to save your life, not at all.So why differentiate between the two people? Are we not judging then though we claim God must be the judge? A few years ago there was another incident in the North, where a young deceased woman was prohibited from being buried in a church graveyard because she was from the so-called “oshiveva” churches.Whatever it means.Where are we going to? Children of Israel (God) wake up! Being a Pastor or a Christian leader can be very challenging.Of course I believe that by the grace and mercy of the Lord we are able to do it through His heavenly given wisdom.Provided we are hearing His voice and obeying His word and not what the flesh is prescribing to us.If possible, I want to urge the Council of Churches to intervene in cases like this one, and for them to revise their rules and regulations to be in line with the word of God.Thank you for considering my concern.Christian Via e-mail Note: Name and address provided – EdTourists’ Praise For Namibians AFTER many visits to Namibia from England and having driven thousands of kilometres on all types of road, my wife and I had o
ur first motor accident on the morning of Monday 5th February.We were travelling on the B1 from Keetmanshoop to Windhoek in our Landrover when, about 130 km before Mariental, a tyre blew, the car rolled twice and we were fortunate to escape serious injury.The purpose of this letter is to thank everyone who helped us after the accident.First on the scene was a lady from Oranjemund, closely followed by a family from Windhoek and many more.All our belongings were collected and put back in the wrecked car, we were looked after and a breakdown service from Mariental was called.We could not have been better attended.In less than two hours, Pieter Hamilton from Mariental had arrived, loaded our wrecked car onto his trailer and he then drove us to Windhoek where he unloaded it at East End Motors.Gunter Klein of East End Motors took us to the Hotel Pension Uhland, who had made up a room for us, and then to the Eros Medi-Clinic where our injuries received first-class attention.The next day we contacted Mutual & Federal, our insurers, who dealt with our claim immediately and sympathetically, while other friends contacted Air Namibia who, due to our injuries, gave us a free upgrade for our return flight to London.We cannot thank all these people and organisations enough.The only sour note was when we tried to report the accident to the Windhoek Police, who, after we had stood in line for ever, just said “You must go back to Mariental”! Chris & Liz Card England

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