“The Catholic Church believes that when Adam sinned (Genesis chapter 3) his trespass caused a reign of death that ruled over all men. That view is correct (Romans 5:17). The Christian churches do not believe God would hold blameless men accountable Adam’s sin, therefore they do not believe Adam’s trespass caused death to reign over anyone. That is why the Christian churches refuse to teach that little babies must be baptized to take away Adam’s sin. That view is absolutely reasonable, true, and correct. How can both views be valid?”
How can both views be valid? That is the central question that author Jim Taylor answers in his book “The Power of the Cross Unveiled and Revealed in Jesus Christ” in an in depth study of the Book of Romans 5:12-21.
Having myself been raised in the Catholic Church and now attending a Christian Church, I understand the push and pull of both arguments; how can an innocent child be held accountable for the sin of one man versus how can an infant baptism remove the stain of original sin when an infant cannot comprehend the magnitude of the decision made for them, they not having spoken the words of faith in asking for forgiveness from God our Heavenly Father. In this book the author walks step by step through this scripture to thoughtfully provide evidence where both schools of thought are valid – that death through sin was brought into this world through one man (Adam) and was forever removed from this world through the righteousness and redemptive work of Jesus Christ on the Cross.
This book would be a good read and study for those that struggle with the two schools of thought.
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