Infant Baptism - Is it Biblical?
Some Bible verses that back up the Tradition of Infant Baptism:

“Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom
of God.”  (John 3:5)

“Peter (said) to them, "Repent and be baptized,  
every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness
of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the holy Spirit. For the promise is made to you  and to your
children
and to all those far off, whomever the Lord our God will call.”  (Acts 2:38-39)

"One of them, a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth, from the city of Thyatira, a worshiper of God,
listened, and the Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what Paul was saying.  After she and her
household
had been baptized, she offered us an invitation, "If you consider me a believer in the Lord, come and stay at my
home," and she prevailed on us.  (Act 16:14-15)

"And they said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus and you and your household will be saved." So they spoke the word of
the Lord to him and to everyone in his house. He took them in at that hour of the night and bathed their wounds;
then he and all his family were baptized at once." (Acts 16:31-33)

“He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”  (Mark 16:16)
                               
“but Jesus said, "Let the
children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of
heaven.” (Matt. 19:14)

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of
the holy Spirit”  (Matt 28:19)

“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were
buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the
Father, we too might walk in newness of life” (Rom. 6:3-4  )

“When Jesus returned to Capernaum ... They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. Unable to get
near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof above him. After they had broken through, they let down
the mat on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "
Child, your sins are
forgiven.”  (Mk 2:1-5)

“For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam
all die, so
also in Christ shall all be made alive.”  (1 Cor 15:21-22)  
"All" would include infants.

"I baptized the household of Stephanas also; beyond that I do not know whether I baptized anyone else." (1Cor 1:
16)

“But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man's trespass, much more have the grace
of God and the free gift in the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like
the effect of that one man's sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift
following many trespasses brings justification.” (Rom 5:15-16  )

“To the woman he said, "I will greatly multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children, yet
your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”  (Gen 3:16)

"True, I was born guilty, a sinner, even as my mother conceived me."  (Psalms 51:5)

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you;” (Jeremiah 1:5)  
This
verse also shows that life begins at conception.

“And you he made alive, when you were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following
the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of
disobedience. Among these we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of body and mind,
and so we were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.  But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great
love with which he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ
(by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with him, and made us sit with him in the heavenly places in
Christ Jesus,” (Eph 2:1-6)  
This passage shows the effect that original sin has on mankind.  Baptism
removes this sin which we all inherit from Adam.

Some non-catholic churches believe that full water immersion is the only valid way to baptize.  While full
immersion is the fullest expression of baptism it is not the only valid way to baptize.  The Didache, which
is an early church writing, gives an insight to the baptism practices of the early church.  

The Didache:

CHAPTER 7

7:1 But concerning baptism, thus baptize ye: having first recited all these precepts, baptize in the name of the
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, in running water;
7:2 but if thou hast not running water, baptize in some other water, and if thou canst not baptize in cold, in warm
water;
7:3 but if thou hast neither, pour water three times on the head, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of
the Holy Spirit.
7:4 But before the baptism, let him who baptizeth and him who is baptized fast previously, and any others who may
be able. And thou shalt command him who is baptized to fast one or two days before.

One last point to consider: Nowhere does the Bible state that infants shouldn't be baptized so at the very least
Catholic's (and other Christians) are not going against scripture by baptizing infants. Also, baptizing an infant would
do no harm and since the tradition does not go against scripture so why not "play it safe" and baptize infants.
The Catholic Church as well as most Protestant Churches teach that infants must
be baptized to remove the stain of original sin  from their souls. The sacrament of
Baptism confers on us the gift of sanctifying grace while taking away original sin
as well as any personal sin.  Baptism also impresses the Christian character on
the soul and makes it able to receive the other sacraments. Baptism also makes
us members of Christ's Church.  

Sadly, many Protestants churches do not baptize infants due to their belief that
infants are not yet aware of sin or their faith and therefore do not need to be
baptized.  Many of these same churches even believe that baptism is only a
symbolic gesture or ordinance and is not necessary.  These beliefs however
overlook the great effect that original sin has on our salvation.  As the scripture
says: "unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of
God."  

The practice of baptizing infants dates back to the second century and quite
possibly back to the beginning of the apostolic preaching when whole
households, including infants, were baptized. It should be noted that the
sacrament of Baptism is the ordinary way in which original sin is removed from
our souls.
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