DID THE APOSTLES BAPTIZE CHILDREN?
The apostles baptized whole families, as we can see in Acts 16:15, where we read that Lydia and her whole family were baptized, as well as in Acts 16:31-33, where it says that the jailer and his whole family received baptism. Saint Paul says he baptized the household of Stephanas (1 Cor 1:16).
Moreover, on Pentecost Sunday, Saint Peter tells those present who were listening to his preaching: “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is made to you and to your children, and to all those far off, whomever the Lord our God will call” (Acts 2:38-39).
Never do Jesus or the Apostles forbid the baptism of children. In fact, he said: “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Mt 19:14).
Jesus says also, in clear reference to Baptism, that unless one is reborn of water and the Spirit, one cannot enter the Kingdom of God (Cf. Jn 3:5-6).
Jorge Luis Zarazúa, Diez extendidas dudas (resueltas), Translated from the Spanish original, appearing in es.aleteia.org, January 9, 2019. With permission.