Original sin.


I wasn’t sure on where exactlly to post this specific topic but… when a child is born they are born with original sin, i want to know how that original sin came about. And how can a parent lead there child towards God as an infant, and why is baptism so important in this process? And what happens if a baby dies, and hasn’t been baptized yet, or dies with original sin, do they go to hell? thanks for the help!


Original Sin

397 Man, tempted by the devil, let his trust in his Creator die in his heart and, abusing his freedom, disobeyed God’s command. This is what man’s first sin consisted of.278 All subsequent sin would be disobedience toward God and lack of trust in his goodness. 398 In that sin man *preferred *himself to God and by that very act scorned him. He chose himself over and against God, against the requirements of his creaturely status and therefore against his own good. Constituted in a state of holiness, man was destined to be fully “divinized” by God in glory. Seduced by the devil, he wanted to “be like God”, but “without God, before God, and not in accordance with God”.279


1213 Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua),4 and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word."5

**Unbaptised Babies

1261 As regards children who have died without Baptism

, the Church can only entrust them to the mercy of God, as she does in her funeral rites for them. Indeed, the great mercy of God who desires that all men should be saved, and Jesus’ tenderness toward children which caused him to say: "Let the children come to me, do not hinder them,"63 allow us to hope that there is a way of salvation for children who have died without Baptism. All the more urgent is the Church’s call not to prevent little children coming to Christ through the gift of holy Baptism.

Hope that helps!


Infant Baptism
Early Teachings of Infant Baptism (Fathers*)
Baptismal Grace (Fathers*) Born Again in Baptism (Fathers*)
Trinitarian_Baptism (Fathers*)
Necessity of Baptism (Fathers*)

These might also help a great deal.


No-one knows.

Unfortunately the majority of Catholics will now tell you that they go strait to heaven; this however cannot be justified by the fathers of the Church.

This theory is more speculative than that of Limbo.


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