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I know that Roman Catholics baptize infants, because they believe that infants need to be cleansed of original sin, and that the denial of baptism at infancy by Christian parents is tantamount to the denial of God's grace for the child. So, why do Orthodox Christians baptize infants then? And how come they practice baptism by immersion on infants, as shown in this photograph?

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> Now, I know that Orthodox Christians don't believe in original sin. Orthodoxy also believes in original sin, but not as it is understood by cathlolicism. –  Малъ Скрылевъ Jun 11 at 6:00
A now-deleted answer to another question posited that the Greek verb transliterated as baptize should be translated as immerse — that is, baptism and immersion are exactly synonymous. –  Andrew Leach Jun 11 at 6:38
For a lot of local churches: tradition. It makes the parents feel good. –  LCIII Jun 11 at 12:20
Liturgical churches (Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist) and Presbyterians will baptize infants. –  Aibrean Jul 16 at 20:32

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This tradition comes from two facts:

  1. The way the verse John 3:5 'Jesus answered, "Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit' , was interpreted.
  2. The fact that infant mortality was high in the generations before us.

The church interpreted this verse as to mean that no one who is not baptized can enter heaven. They wanted the baby to go to heaven if it did not make it to adulthood. So this gave birth to the practice of infant baptism, and other kinds of baptisms such as the emergency baptism (which was a baptism of the dying).

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Do you have proof that your answer is representative of the Eastern Orthodox Church? –  Anonymous Jun 16 at 22:32

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