CHILDREN AND ORIGINAL SIN? by steve finnell
Some theologians believe that all men are born with the guilt of Adam's sin. They believe all men are guilty of original sin and therefore are totally depraved at birth. They believe infants need to be forgiven for Adam's sin.
1. There no mention of original sin in Scripture.
2. There no Scripture that speaks of baptizing infants to wash away the guilt of Adam's sin.
3. There is no Biblical reference of any infant nor of any adult being guilty of inherited sin.
JESUS AND CHILDREN
Matthew 18:2-3 And Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, 3 and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.(NKJV)
Was Jesus saying you have to be totally depraved like theses little children to enter the kingdom of heaven?
Jesus was not baptizing infants and little children for the forgiveness of original sin.
John the Baptists was baptizing adults for the forgiveness of sins, after they repented. Infants and little children have no sin for which they need to repent. Even adults cannot repent for the sin of Adam and Eve.
There were no denominational churches baptizing infants and little children while Jesus walked the earth, yet Jesus said become as little children to enter the kingdom of heaven.
Original sin inherited from Adam is a doctrine invented by men.
Men are guilty of the sin they themselves commit.
Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (NKJV)
Men are sinners because they sin, not because Adam sinned.
James 2:9-11 but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by law as transgressors......(NKJV)
When men transgress God's law they are guilty of sin. What law do infants break by being born? Infants are not transgressors of God's law. Infants are not sinners nor are they guilty of Adam's transgression.
1 John 3:4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. (NKJV)
Sin is committed. Sin is not inherited.
James 1:14-15 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. (NKJV)
Are infants tempted in their mothers womb and sin before they are born? Of course not. Sin is committed by those capable of understanding right from wrong. Sin is committed by those who understand they are sinning against God.
John 8:34 Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.(NKJV)
Jesus did not say children are a slave to sin because they are guilty of original sin.
Jesus did not say you need to be baptized as infants so original sin can be washed away.
If men spend eternity in hell it will be because of unrepentant, unforgiven sins they have committed.
Not one person will go to hell because of the sin Adam committed.
The doctrine of original sin and the total depravity of man is man-made doctrine.