One of the greatest divisions between catholicism and everyone else is the dogma of infant baptism. The catholic catechism states:
“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.” Pg. 319, #1250
Because this is an extremely important doctrine of the catholic church, let’s find out where this doctrine comes from. Is it from the Word of God or from tradition?
The catholic catechism tells us exactly when it began this practice:
“The practice of infant Baptism is an immemorial tradition of the Church. There is explicit testimony to this practice from the second century on…” Pg. 319, #1252
The catholic church admits that this is a tradition which began in the second century! So what was believed prior to that? Surely the the Scriptures have something to say. Every single account of baptism in the New Testament involved someone older, men and women, it came after salvation, and a body of water big enough for them to go down into.
~Matthew 3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
Jesus was our example – this baptism was the beginning of His ministry on earth. The rest of the verses can be found in the Book of Acts – where the record of the beginnings of the church can be found. Let’s see what the records say:
~Acts 8:37-38 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. (37) And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. (38 )
~Acts 18:8 And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized.
~Acts 16:30-33 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? (30) And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. (31) And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. (32) And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. (33)
~Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
~Acts 8:12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
What is not found in these verses? No babies and no sprinkling! What is found in these Scriptures? Men and women who were saved and then were baptized in a body of water. Do you see any record of a baby coming to the understanding of Christ’s Gospel? I don’t. One cannot repent from one’s sins if they do not understand. Babies are incapable of reasoning so how can they repent?
By the catholic church’s own admission, infant baptism is a tradition made my man in the second century. How can you not see that it contradicts the Scriptures?
~Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
~Mark 7:9 Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
Judgment will come to the catholic church in due time.