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Innoncence vs. sin

People were explaining that a baby is born in original "sin", yet remain innocent children. The very definition of innocent is:
1.The state, quality, or virtue of being innocent, as:
a.Freedom from sin, moral wrong, or guilt through lack of knowledge of evil.

The idea that a baby can be both innocent and sinful, seems to be a direct contradiction. How do you explain this?

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sahmamax2

Asked by sahmamax2 at 4:41 PM on Jan. 21, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • The baby isn't sinful. If you go to Catholic.org, there is a catholic encyclopedia that will explain what catholics mean by original sin for you.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:44 PM on Jan. 21, 2010

  • Original sin implies a tendency toward sin. Not that they have sin, just that they are naturally drawn to sin.


    "Catholic teaching regards original sin as the general condition of sinfulness (lack of holiness) into which humans are born, distinct from the actual sins that a person commits. "
    IamPatSajak

    Answer by IamPatSajak at 4:44 PM on Jan. 21, 2010

  • Basically you are bringing a noncatholic bias into the definition. Different denominations define words differently. Even the dictionary has a bias (social, political, etc.) that a lot of people are unaware of.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:45 PM on Jan. 21, 2010

  • you are using human words to describe heavenly concepts
    Kattykitten

    Answer by Kattykitten at 4:51 PM on Jan. 21, 2010

  • This has to do with the sin Adam commited which made sin innate in all of us. Its about humanities sin.


    This is what the Catholic Cathechism says about infants:


    The Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1261 declares: "As regards children who have died without Baptism, the Church can only entrust them to the mercy of God, as she does in her funeral rites for them. Indeed, the great mercy of God who desires that all men should be saved, and Jesus' tenderness toward children which caused him to say: 'Let the children come to me, do not hinder them,'[23] allow us to hope that there is a way of salvation for children who have died without Baptism. All the more urgent is the Church's call not to prevent little children coming to Christ through the gift of holy Baptism."

    RyansMom001

    Answer by RyansMom001 at 4:51 PM on Jan. 21, 2010

  • Do you think your baby is purposely crying to drive you up the wall?

    Nuts if you do.

    Anyone can be innocent, you can grow up oblivious to sin, but then the real world becomes harsh(beleive I grew up sheltered from knowledge of sin).

    It is also possible to return to innocence. hard to stay there, it takes much mental work on your part, but I have even done it before as an adult.

    -And I agree with KattyKitten

    Blessings*

    Doesn't matter what a religion says, fact is fact, babies just dont have that knowledge. Its taught and they are exposed to it.

    IraqiVetWife

    Answer by IraqiVetWife at 5:00 PM on Jan. 21, 2010

  • Inherited sin: imperfect, aging, and , and death

    Innocent in a way that they are minds are simple and pure, incapable of evil, revenge, etc......
    3gigglemonsters

    Answer by 3gigglemonsters at 5:22 PM on Jan. 21, 2010

  • you are using human words to describe heavenly concepts


    Please explain.
    sahmamax2

    Answer by sahmamax2 at 5:26 PM on Jan. 21, 2010

  • you are using human words to describe heavenly concepts...


    Sounds like a cop-out for someone who can't answer the question.

    IhartU

    Answer by IhartU at 6:29 PM on Jan. 21, 2010

  • The idea that a baby can be both innocent and sinful, seems to be a direct contradiction. How do you explain this?


    Easy - it's not a direct contradition because being born with original sin does not equal being sinful.  Original sin is the sin of disobedience done by Adam and Eve - as a result our human nature is corrupted, we lost the original holiness Adam and Eve had in the Garden of Eden, and we have a tendancy toward sin.  For Catholic being born with original sin doesn't mean someone is full of sin - but more that someone is lacking sanctifiying grace.  And it is only because of Jesus Christ that we can receive this grace we need ot enter heaven.

    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 6:36 PM on Jan. 21, 2010

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