Asked by after-prayers-lie-cold
Hm. That still worries me… But more to the point, do they think, once the person is at the age of accountability and decision-making for their soul, they’re still saved even if they haven’t decided to be baptized? Are they saved if they outright reject Christ and don’t get baptized (confirmed)? What if they die and have never had confirmation? And most importantly, why do you have to make a decision for a baby to save its soul, and then sprinkle water on it, when it has made no conscious decision of its own? Why would that save a person? That completely destroys the covenant-oriented logic of baptism. Why is it up to you to save helpless infants from the fires of hell? Doesn’t that seem cruel that the baby has no choice, and if no Catholic is around to save it, it’ll be condemned forever in ultimate suffering?
If a baby can’t make a decision for itself, why is it condemned at all? That’s not how sin, nor condemnation, works. Didn’t Adam first have to sin himself to be unfit for heaven? Babies don’t sin because they don’t know right from wrong and can’t make the decision not to do “bad” things. They are not accountable.