Jesus The Human Infant
Jesus The Human Infant!
The Bible says that Jesus was without sin (Hebrews 2:14, 17; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 John 3:5). How could He have been without sin if babies “inherit” the guilt of Adam’s sin and if Jesus was indeed a real “human being” (not just the outward appearance of a human) and the true blood offspring (descendant) of David who was also a descendant of Adam (both who were sinners)?
If a baby is guilty of sin, what happens if it dies before it is baptized, or if its parents refuse to baptize it?
If babies were guilty of sin, if one dies without baptism, then wouldn’t it follow that he is eternally lost? Almost no one will accept this conclusion, yet to deny the conclusion is to admit that babies really are not guilty of sin.
Furthermore, if baptism is essential to salvation, if a baby is a sinner, then its salvation from sin must depend entirely on the actions of others. It must rely entirely on its parents to choose to baptize it. It has no choice in the matter, and cannot possibly influence its own destiny. This contradicts all the scriptures quoted showing that salvation is a matter of individual choice (2 Corinthians 5:10; etc.).
Since salvation is a matter of individual choice, and since a baby cannot choose or express a choice to be baptized, we can conclude that a baby is not lost to begin with. Therefore it does not need baptism. Acts 10:47 and John 3:5 refer to “men” (adults) not children; “Can any man forbid water” and “except a man is born of the water”. There is no indication that these words were ever intended to be applied to a newborn child (nor are there any examples of such) but this was written to men and women who had a level of “understanding” and comprehension, not infants.