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If baptism cleanses original sin then why do the children of baptised parents still need to be baptised?

According to the Catholic Church (Council of Trent's Decree Concerning Original Sin): this sin of Adam…in its origin is one, and being transfused into all by propagation, not by imitation [of the ...
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According to Calvinists, is each person "dead in sin" at birth, or only after committing a sin?

Reformed catechisms make it clear that all of Adam's (ordinary) descendants are conceived and born spiritually dead. First, a translation of Q&A 7 of the Heidelberg Catechism: Q. Then where does ...
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How to reconcile the original creation of every soul (Creationism) by God with original sin?

By yielding to the tempter, Adam and Eve committed a personal sin, but this sin affected the human nature that they would then transmit in a fallen state. It is a sin which will be transmitted by ...
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Just what does Infant Baptism accomplish as regards Original Sin?

The Catechism of the Council of Trent (Roman Catechism) lists 5 effects of the sacrament of baptism: Remission of sin Remission of all punishment due to sin Grace of regeneration Infused virtues and ...
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According to Reformed theology, what is an infant's first sin?

Your hypothetical developing baby's first sin was disobeying God in eating the forbidden fruit. On a more fundamental level, you are conflating two different concepts here. According to Reformed ...
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Immaculate Conception: Why was it necessary for our Salvation?

Was Mary's Immaculate Conception Absolutely Necessary for our Salvation? Before I go on with my answer, I object to that fact that you claim that according to many Catholic apologists, like Dr. Robert ...
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Why did Eve say that "touching" the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil would kill you?

God instructs Adam about the tree: And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, ...
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For those who deny the Immaculate Conception, why did Jesus not have original sin?

There are at least several ways that this is explained. Here are three common ones. One approach, taken by early and medieval theologians before the doctrine of the immaculate conception was widely ...
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In what sense was Mary born without original sin in Roman Catholic dogma?

The most authoritative explanation of the Immaculate Conception comes from Pope Pius IX's dogmatic definition of it in Ineffabilis Deus (1854): We declare, pronounce, and define that the doctrine ...
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What is an overview of the similarities and differences between the Catholic doctrine of Original Sin and the Reformed doctrine of Total Depravity?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church deals with this subject in §385–412. A couple sections in particular reveal several significant contrasts between Catholic and Reformed theology: §405: Although ...
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If God could make Mary sinless, why not anybody else?

If God could make Mary sinless, why not anybody else? God, being omnipotent, could have created the world differently and made us all "immaculate conceptions", but he chose not to. We must ...
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What is the difference in original sin and our nature to sin from a Reformed or Calvinist view?

The sin nature is an aspect of the doctrine of "original sin," but not the entire story. Louis Berkhof's highly regarded Systematic Theology introduces the topic of Original Sin by calling it simply "...
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Do LDS believe in Original Sin after all?

Preparing this answer was my first time looking up how "original sin" is formally defined, and if I understand right, its definition may not be consistent across Christianity. So depending ...
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If Jesus Christ was born without the original sin, then how could He have died?

Traditional answer: Jesus voluntarily died so that the rest of humanity can inherit his righteousness and thus eternal life: God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might ...
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According to LCMC Lutheranism, why is human imagination considered evil, when unsaved people do some amazingly good things?

This issue is addressed in the Augsburg Confession, which the LCMC accepts as "normative for our teaching and practice," like many other Lutheran groups. First we'll briefly look at the &...
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In the tradition of Jehovah's Witnesses, does Romans 6:23 mean that all people who are resurrected have their sins blotted out?

The answer to this question lies in understanding judgement day from the Jehovah's Witnesses point of view. We do not believe persons are resurrected and judged worthy of eternal life or eternal ...
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If Christ had a complete human nature, how come his human nature wasn't totally depraved as ours is?

Perhaps another way to look at this issue is to focus on what human nature is, and see what sin changed. Man was created in the "image of God," which certainly included original righteousness (or, as ...
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Why when all are separated by mans sin was Noah chosen?

Genesis 6:5-6 describes God’s view of the people who lived prior to the flood: “The LORD saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the ...
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According to Eastern Orthodoxy why did we inherit the sin of Adam and Eve?

The sin is a damage we do to ourselves. Adam and Eve damaged themselves and we inherited this sin, like child inherits damage if his mother smokes or drinks alcohol during pregnancy.
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Immaculate Conception: Why was it necessary for our Salvation?

Her being immaculately conceived was not absolutely necessary for Christ's redemption of mankind, but one must believe the dogma of the Immaculate Conception is true if one wishes to be saved. It is a ...
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What is Adam, if he isn't literally the first human?

If Adam was not literally created by God, and if the Genesis account of creation is allegorical, then everything written in the Bible about sin, death and the need for Christ Jesus to come to earth to ...
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Do Catholics believe that Mary mother of Jesus is as holy as God?

Do Catholics believe that Mary mother of Jesus is as holy as God? The short answer is no. It is obvious, that as a result of her Immaculate Conception, her fullness of grace and her holiness, the ...
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How can Paul having been alive apart from the Law reconcile with the doctrine of original sin?

For I was alive without the law once; but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. Paul means that Before he heard the law he thought he was OK, fine, alive. But when he heard the law ...
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Christ 'made' sin - the Reformed, Protestant view?

It is true that very often Harmartia is used to mean sin or offence in the new testament. It could be exactly what Paul means in 2 Corinthians 5:21 as well, even though this has caused no small ...
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According to Christian denominations, why are we all cursed for Adam's sin and is that fair?

The question asks for information regarding the curse upon the first humanity (in Adam) 'according to Christian Denominations'. [Paul, the Apostle, deals with this matter, in particular, in Romans 5:...
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Why did Eve say that "touching" the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil would kill you?

God's command to Adam regarding the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 2:16-17) was given before Eve was created (Gen. 2:22). Therefore there are a limited number of possibilities as to the ...
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From a Dogmatic Catholic perspective, what is the eternal destination of an unbaptized embryo?

Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC)- 1250 Born with a fallen human nature and tainted by original sin, children also have need of the new birth in Baptism to be freed from the power of darkness and ...
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If Christ had a complete human nature, how come his human nature wasn't totally depraved as ours is?

I think these paragraphs from the Westminster Confession of Faith explain the conundrum sufficiently. Our first parents, being seduced by the subtilty and temptations of Satan, sinned, in eating the ...
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How does the Catholic Church reconcile evolution with original sin?

For the sake of completeness of views on this issue, I want to provide some quotes from the 2003 New Catholic Encyclopedia. They are from the entry titled "monogenism and polygenism": Monogenism ...
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