T H E P O W E R O F T H E C R O S S  5 believe that little babies must be baptized (taken to a priest to be sprinkled with water) to take away Adam’s sin when they are born or else they will perish. It is not likely the Catholic Church will ever change its view of how it interprets that passage of Scripture. But for babies to have to be sprinkled with a little wa- ter when they are born or else they will perish is not reason- able. Little babies have no sin, and they are not held accountable for Adam’s transgression. Also, not one little baby should ever have to depend on someone else to do something for them that would save their souls, something over which they have no con- trol whatsoever. The only One we all must depend on to save our souls is Jesus. He did something for us that is so magnificent and so far past our understanding that all we can do is believe in him and the promises of his Father, the Almighty, and accept it all by our faith and obedience. If we sum up the message of doom that was caused by Adam’s trespass, it says, “Therefore, as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin; and so death passed unto all men, for that all sinned” (Romans 5:12). If we sum up the prom- ise of the free gift that Jesus brought into the world by his cross, it says, “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth on me, though he die, yet shall he live; and who- soever liveth and believeth on me shall never die. Believest thou this?” (John 11:25–26). This book is in agreement with the Roman Catholic Church’s view that when Adam sinned, God did in fact declare condemna- tion and death against the whole human family, for that is what Romans 5:12–21 says happened. But this book is also in agree- ment with the conservative Christian churches’ view that God would never hold little babies and innocent people accountable and sentence them to death for the sin of another man, which is also the message of Romans 5:12–21. Not only are both views of Romans 5:12–21 possible, but they are the only views conceiv-