(1250) Born with a fallen human nature and tainted by original sin, children also have need of the new birth in Baptism to be freed from the power of darkness and brought into the realm of the freedom of the children of God, to which all men are called. The sheer gratuitousness of the grace of salvation is particularly manifest in infant Baptism. The Church and the parents would deny a child the priceless grace of becoming a child of God were they not to confer Baptism shortly after birth. (Page 350)
It is true that all are born with a sin nature, but nowhere does the Bible indicate that a baby is accountable for sin to whom the Holy Spirit has not convicted. God is a fare and righteous God, and He will secure those who are too young and has not convicted them of sin. God is not a barbarian. He is Holy, righteous and just.
Also, no where in Scripture will you find infants being baptized, or this practice even eluded to -- NOT ONE TIME. I stated earlier that I would prove that water baptism is in view when the Catholic Church refers to baptism. This catechism claims that one becomes save, or a child of God by being baptized. It refers to water baptism. A baby cannot believe! Baptism is a picture of the Gospel, the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Christ.
Just like in the Old Testament, the sacrificial lamb was a picture of the one true sacrifice that would come, the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. Baptism is a retelling of the Gospel. When one dies, they do not lay him on the ground and sprinkle him with dirt, they dig a grave and cover him completely. Sprinkling was never practiced by the early church fathers, and can nowhere be found in the Bible. Baptism means to be immersed. The Bible warns about perverting the Gospel, and this would also include picturing the Gospel in any form, even baptism.
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