I find reading Karl Dahfred’s posts on Gospel work and its implications in Thai culture informative and thought-provoking, particularly when I think about how the issues raised translate back into western culture.
Here he deals with why a decision to be a Christian could be considered okay, but submitting to baptism would not.
That is because baptism is understood as being more significant and binding than a personal decision.
The objection was not uncommon. I recently received an email from an American college professor requesting advice for a Thai student of his who had recently become a Christian. The student’s Buddhist mother back in Thailand was greatly upset about her son’s decision. But she would be okay with his new faith under one condition. He didn’t get baptized.
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