Infant Baptism?

I would like to make a question about the children's baptism in the catholic church. Why do the Catholics believe that if their children died without being baptized they would go to hell? It seems so strange to me... In my opinion this is really unfair to the child, because they impose the religion, without letting them take any decision about what they want for their lives, and what way the want to follow.... I really would like to understand this subject. I'll be really pleased if you answer my question.

God bless you,
Roberta

 It is obvious that the doctrine of original sin, the teaching that newborn children are sinful and need to be baptized, has done much harm to especially parents of stillborn babies. They could not be buried in the sacred soil of a catholic churchyard and very often the parents did not even know where the church put their little babies. This teaching is not biblical. The Bible says that human sin is universal--we all sin. All persons without exception are under sin's dominion ( Rom. 3:9-23). How did this come about? The Bible has no philosophical argument as such concerning sin's origin. God is in no way responsible for sin. Satan introduced sin when he beguiled Eve, but the Bible does not teach that sin had its origin with him either. Sin's origin is to be found in humanity's rebellious nature. Since Adam and Eve rebelled against the clear command of God, sin has infected humanity like a dread malignancy. Sin also is viewed as a lack of fellowship with God. The ideal life is one of fellowship with God. Anything which disturbs or distorts this fellowship is sin. The New Testament view of sin is somewhat more subjective than objective. Jesus taught quite forcefully that sin is a condition of the heart. Several church groups practice the baptism of infants. This necessarily moves away from immersion to sprinkling as the mode. They have tried to justify infant baptism on the basis of the baptism of households (Acts 11:14; 16:33; 18:8), by connecting Christian baptism with Jewish baptism of Gentile converts which may have included baptism of children, and by interpreting Christ's saying in Mark 10:4 as indicating an invitation to bring young children or infants into the church. In the New Testament baptism is for believers (Acts 2:38 ; 8:12 -13,36-38; Eph. 4:5). Water apart from personal commitment to Christ makes no difference in the life of anyone. In the New Testament baptism occurs when a person trusts Christ as Lord and Savior and obeys the command to be submerged in water and raised from it as a picture of the salvation experience that has occurred. Baptism comes after conviction of sin, repentance of sin, confession of Christ as Lord and Savior. To be baptized is to preach a personal testimony through the symbol of baptism. Baptism testifies that "ye are washed ... ye are sanctified ... ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God" (1 Cor. 6:11 ).

 

 

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