43. Baptism

If a child is baptized by a priest who looks upon the rite merely as one of the observances belonging to his office, the ceremonial is absolutely meaningless, doing neither good nor harm.

On the other hand when a person arrived at maturity is baptized, it depends upon the strength of his desire and the purity of his soul, how much of the spiritual gift he can assimilate.

In the case of a child, it is only the priest who, according to the strength and purity of his faith, can give the child a certain spiritual blessing as well as protection against evil influences.

Baptism is not a rite that every priest, ordained by the church, can effectually perform. Spiritual Light can only be transmitted by one who has affinity to the Light. The authority to baptize cannot be acquired by study nor by the sanction of the Church which ordained the priest. It has nothing whatever to do with mundane customs. It is a gift from above, and he who possesses it, has a Divine Call.

There are not many such, for if there be not corresponding conditions in the soul of the man, the connection with spiritual light is impossible. Where the spiritual basis is insecure or inclines in a contrary direction, the Divine Light cannot penetrate, for this proceeding, like all else, is strictly subject to spiritual laws.

Men thus inspired and gifted can really transmit spiritual strength, so that this rite really has the value that it expresses symbolically. In spite of this it is preferable only to baptize those who themselves are conscious of its inner meaning, and who have an ardent desire to be baptized. Thus, the rite of baptism should only be celebrated under the following conditions: the maturity of the candidate, his uninfluenced ardent desire for baptism, and a man inspired from on high to baptize. All the Christian Churches recognise that John the Baptist was such an inspired man of God. His most embittered adversaries were the Scribes and Pharisees, who held themselves called upon to judge and condemn him. The Israelites at that time
were the people called by God. This is an undeniable fact. In their midst, the Son of God was to begin his ministration on earth. In the fulfilment of this promise their call came to an end. A new Israel must now arise to fulfil the Promise. But the Israelites of John the Baptist's time were the chosen of God, thus their priests should have been those inspired to baptize. In spite of this, however, John the Baptist had to come as the only one Divinely called, to baptize the Son of God in his earthly vessel at the beginning of his ministration on earth. This clearly shows that if a man is ordained to an office by man, his call has nothing to do with Divine ordinance. Only those who have a Divine call, can effectively officiate in God's name, as in baptism. John the Baptist, the inspired man of God, who was rejected by the High Priest of the chosen people, called his adversaries vipers. He refused them the right of coming to him. Neither did these same priests recognise the Son of God Himself. They pursued him ceaselessly, seeking to destroy him, because he was their superior and, therefore, a constant offence to them.

If Christ were to come again at the present time in a new form, he would meet with the same animosity and rejection, and that also would be the fate of one sent by Him, an envoy. Indeed the more likely today because people think they are more "advanced".

Not only in the case of John the Baptist but in many others we have the proof that unless he has the vocation, no ecclesiastical ordinances or instalments in office by authority which is but temporal, can ever endow a man with the special and necessary qualification to perform spiritual rites. Looked at from an unprejudiced point of view, baptism by Church dignitaries is but the enrolment of the child in a particular religious community, which it later on ratifies in the rite of confirmation, which means that it can further profit by the usages of these communities. The priest only acts as the accredited servant of the Church, but God and the Church are not one and the same thing.