To deny original sin is to deny sin exists at all, to me. Without that original sin, we would not be the wretched creatures we are here on Earth.
Death was not the only punishment given to Adam and Eve, if one thinks that they obviously have not read Genesis where God tells them the punishments they will endure in life til death.
If there was no original sin, Jesus would not have had to die for us.
Just because original sin exists, does not mean all babies that die unbaptized go to hell. From my understanding, the purpose of baptism is not only to wash them of original sin but to give them the gift of the Holy Spirit to watch over them in life. There’s no way to know for sure who goes to Heaven or Hell, but then again there is no way to know anything after life so arguing that point is silly as there’s no way anyone can give a definite answer, as we are not God.
Acts 16:15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying: If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.
Acts 16:33 And he, taking them the same hour of the night, washed their stripes, and himself was baptized, and all his house immediately.
In those verses is says these people and their household, their entire family, was baptized. This happens often in the Gospels. I find it hard to believe there was no infants in those families. If they were not baptized, why wouldn’t it be said they were an exception?
Tradition is another big reason infant baptism is performed. If you believe in Catholic teaching and apostolic succession then it is known that infant baptism has always been done…as far back as to the time of the apostles. If I am wrong about this, as it is possible I’m no scholar, then please let me know when this Tradition began. If you are Catholic then you must believe and know that the Bible is not the only place we find God’s Word.
I have never seen a verse in the Bible that says one must make a vocal admission of belief before they can be baptized. If this teaching exists in the Bible, please let me know where.