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Friday, December 11, 2009 at 7:20 AM

Age of depravity

Catholics, and some Protestant Christians, believe that there exists an "age of innocence" that exists, before which a child, since he doesn't know right from wrong. I was reading in Isaiah today and stumbled upon this passage. Isaiah is talking about Immanuel, the sign for Ahab about the coming destruction against his enemies. This sign found partial fulfillment at that time, and is applied (by Matthew) to the birth of Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 7:15-16

15 He shall eat curds and honey when he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good. 16 For before the boy knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land whose two kings you dread will be deserted.
This is interesting in that it says that it is "before the boy knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good...” This seems to indicate that they automatically know how to choose evil and refuse good. They didn’t have to learn that. Evil and good already exist to them, and by nature, the person chooses evil and refuses good. Children do not have an age of innocence, but rather an age of guilt and depravity.

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