I would like to have a discussion on the relationship between Original Sin & Baptism from an Orthodox perspective. I am a recent convert to Orthodoxy (and new to the forum) from Roman Catholicism and feel that I have a pretty good handle on the Catholic understanding of Original Sin and Baptism. I would like it if senior members on the forum or those educated on the subject would discuss it from an Orthodox perspective. Here is my understanding of Orthodox belief about Orignal SIn: - That it is not a transmission of guilt, of Adam and Eve's personal sin but its a transmission of our fallen nature ( wounded state, propensity toward sin, inhibiting our fellowship with God, etc) however we are not totally depraved. Of Baptism: - That Baptism is for the forgiveness of sins, that we are "born again" in baptism, that we die and are reborn into newness of life in Christ, that it is the entry sacrament to belong to Christ and his Church. And IF it can be said that we are cleansed from Original Sin in baptism . It is my understanding that the Fathers taught and believed that you were cleansed of Original Sin in baptism (I guess the real question is what is meant by such a statment). So here are my questions/or points that I would like to have discussed:
1) Do Orthodox have a problem with that phrase "Baptism washes us from Original Sin?
2)Infant baptism is more that just welcoming a child into the church, there are implications that the state of soul has changed, they are born again. How does Original Sin fit in with infant baptism?
3)If Baptism heals your wounded nature and propensity to Sin from a fallen state to a renewed life in Christ, then why do we still die? ( and what role/relationship does Original Sin play in this?)
Im sure this is enough to start the discussion, and that many other questions/answers will be brought up in the course of the dialog, thanks and God Bless!