No one is born with a “sinful nature” or “sinful flesh.” Jesus was like Adam in every sense of the word. Jesus was flesh and blood – the second Adam, with the same passions and desires. Adam had every chance to live like Jesus was able to, but Adam chose to sin, Jesus did not. Adam did not come into this world with a sinful nature, nor did Jesus, nor does any baby born into this world.
GOD is the author of our nature and our constitution (Isa. 49:5; Jer. 1:5; Ps. 139:13-14; Ecc. 7:29). Every single baby He forms in the womb is made in His image (Gen. 1:26-27, 9:6). That means all of us are created with a free will and with a conscience. We come into this world capable of good or evil. We form our own moral character by the choices we make, not by some force stuck in our will by the mythical teaching of “sin nature” (Original Sin), which makes our nature sinful by constitution, which makes sin involuntary.
Question from reader: Sandra I am not trying to be contentious…Just some questions I am pondering in my heart lately. If every single baby is formed in the image of God who is Perfect in every way then why do some babies come into the world handicapped? What you are saying is that everyone of us is perfect in every way when we are born…then why do we need a Savior? Why do babies and little children have a selfish sinful nature?
To answer your first question: We only inherit our physical bodies from our parents, which is subject to death and desease (1 Cor. 15:38-39-49; Heb. 2:14) because of Adam’s sin (no longer have access to the tree of life). Even Jesus inherited this physical body subject to death and desease. He grew older, lost his baby teeth, lost his hair, had cells that reproduced and died.
When it comes to guilt. We do not inherit guilt (2Kings 14:6, Deu 24:16, 2Chr 25:4, Eze 18:2-4, Eze 18:19-20).
2. Sin is a moral issue which is a transgression of the law and conscience, and babies are not able to make moral decisions, they are morally neutral. (2Kings 14:6; Deu. 24:16; 2Chr. 25:4; Eze. 18:2-4; Eze. 18:19-20) Babies are innocent. Their souls do NOT come from their parents, but rather from God in its spiritual condition (Eze.18:4). Children are not guilty of evil, nor worthy of praise until they are able to make their own decisions (Rom.9:11). They have to come to the age of maturity where they know to do right and do wrong – thus sin. (Jas. 4:17) This sin is not by necessity, but rather by choice. (Jas.1:13-15). This is why every human is responsible for the “things done in the body” and is judged “according to what he/she has done, whether it be good or bad.” (2Cor. 5:10)
If babies come into this world handicapped, it is not because of some sin they personally committed or because of the false teaching that they are born in sin. (John 9:2-4)
Why do we need a Savior? Because we have all sinned. However, this topic has led to babies. What sin does a baby commit? Would you be able to give me one instance from the Bible? If a baby dies in infancy, he is automatically saved because there is no sin in that baby by inheritance, nor by any action on his part of committing sin. The baby is innocent. Because of this doctrine of Original Sin, the Catholic church had to come up with infant baptism, otherwise, the conclusion is that that all babies who die in infancy would end up in hell, since the false teaching goes, they are born in sin.
You ask, “Why do babies and little children have a selfish sinful nature?” You assume first that everyone is born with a sinful nature. The Bible does not teach this. You also say “babies are selfish.” Would a baby crying for his mother be called sin? Would a baby crying because he is hungry be called sin? Would a baby wanting his diaper changed be called sin? Would a baby wanting comfort in his mother’s arms be called sin? The only way a baby can communicate when in discomfort is to cry. Jesus had to do the same to get his mother’s attention.
What about the young children? I have seen young children do righteous acts. I have yet to meet a young child who sins 24/7. I can tell you why a child may do a good deed. That’s because of the nature he is born with (Rom. 2:14-15). However, everyone born of a woman falls into *voluntary* moral depravity because of the combination of influences in that direction (the world, the flesh, and the devil).