Many Protestants say our Infant Baptism is not enough and that it is invalid.
They say one must be “Born Again” to be truly Baptised.
If you ask them what Born Again means, they will tell you it is the Intellectual Conformance to the Gospel.
For them it is a mere mental/intellectual process that flows from Man to God.
But what is BORN AGAIN according to the Bible?
Book of John tells us how a Child of God is Born(Born Again):
“To be a child of God has nothing to do with human parents. Children of God are not born because of human choice or because a husband wants them to be born. They are born because of what God does.–John 1:13
Being Born-Again too is not a process that flows from man to GOD, but from GOD to man.
Again Romans 9 says:
“Not only that, but Rebekah’s children had one and the same father, our father Isaac. Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad—in order that God’s purpose in election might stand: 12not by works but by him who calls —she was told,”The older will serve the younger.” 13Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”
4What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! For he says to Moses,
“I will have mercy on whom I have mercy,
and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”
6It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.”
For us Orthodox Christians, being Born Again is not an intellectual process, but a Spiritual Process that flows from God to Man and not vice versa.
Intellectual weakness of a baby should not be a reason to Deny Christ to him/her.
For Jesus Christ Himself said: “Let the little ones come to me”(Matthew 19:14).
In John 15:16, Jesus says “You did not choose Me, but I chose you…
A very wise early father of the Church had this advise for doubting intellects:
Saint Gregory of Nazianz:
“Do you have an infant child? Allow sin no opportunity; rather, let the infant be sanctified from childhood.
From his most tender age let him be consecrated by the Spirit.
Do you fear the seal [of baptism] because of the weakness of nature? Oh, what a pusillanimous mother and of how little faith!”
(Oration on Holy Baptism 40:7 [A.D. 388]).