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BAPTISM QUESTION 11:
Where does it say in the Bible that we are blameless, until the "age of accountability." If the Bible tells us we are born in sin, (as you previously wrote), where does it say that Christ's blood "automatically" cleanses us, (as you stated it did, for children who were not baptized)?
Thank you for questioning my statement. The Scriptures state, "Prove all things..." you are doing that. Good for you. In the Old Testament there were two offerings for sin. The "trespass," and "sin offerings." Both of these are stated in Leviticus. The sin offering was for "sins of ignorance or innocent sins." You can check this out in Leviticus 4, where sin offering is taught. Four times it speaks of "sin through ignorance," in Leviticus 4:2, Leviticus 4:13, Leviticus 4:22 and Leviticus 4:27. The sin offering covered those sins. The trespass offering was for sins of guilt. This is taught in Leviticus 5, where "guilty" is mentioned five times. Leviticus 5:2-5 & Leviticus 5:17. Christ's sacrifice fulfilled both these offerings. They were just types or pictures of His perfect sacrifice. When He died, He died for the ignorant sinners, such as retarded people from birth and children who sin ignorantly, also for the guilty sinner. "Behold, the Lamb of God that "taketh away" the sin of the world." John 1:29. Here it speaks not the deeds, but the sin we are born with, (you will note it is a noun and singular). Here God brings us back to Himself, "To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself..." 2 Corinthians 5:19. This takes care of the sin of every child, who were born in Adam's race. A child's sin, until their awareness, or age of guilt, has been all taken care of by a loving God, and a Saviour's sacrifice. What about yours?
All comments and questions to: Harold Smith
Updated July 2009, by Shelly Allen