The Salvation of Infants  

Posted by Daniel in ,

I've pondered this before and I decided to put it forth to all of y'all. Do unborns (you could also possibly include very young infants) if they die go to heaven or hell? After a couple days I will post what I believe.

In Christ,
Daniel

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They're not at the age of accountability, where they would have a choice to choose or reject Christ. So, I believe they would be going to Heaven.

September 30, 2009 at 10:03 AM
Anonymous  

Michelle,

Would you mind telling me the scripture where you find the term,"the age of accountability"?

Thanks,

Kyla Reegan

October 1, 2009 at 4:21 PM

I believe that they go to Heaven. Although I don't have a big arguement to back my belief up, I haven't studied it much. The only backing would be 2 Sam. 12:23,it certianly says David's infant son went to heaven,does that mean they all do,I don't really know for sure. Truly only God knows, but I think He can give us a peace about it in our hearts.
Sorry more people haven't commented:)

~Marci~

October 3, 2009 at 8:39 AM

I can understand where you are coming from Marci, but that passage only says David believed his son was in heaven. He in fact may have been, but it doesn't tell us he in fact was, and David (unfortunately) does not tell us why he believed that.

October 3, 2009 at 10:14 AM

I believe they would go to Heaven.
I don't know any verses that talk about it but i think that if they did't go to Heaven i would feel it in my Heart

Signed a Brother in Christ

Adam

October 8, 2009 at 10:12 AM

You need to post Daniel.

November 2, 2009 at 12:50 PM
prayingcowgirl  

unfortunately, I don't see how they could go to heaven. I would like to believe that they do, and I don't think I could look a grieving mother in the face and tell her that I think her child is in hell. But, sin nature condemns us from the day we're born, and an infant is guilty of sin before a perfectly holy and righteous God.

The other comment I've heard is that some go to heaven and some don't - depending on whether or not they would have accepted Christ at a later age. I am not sure when accountability occurs, then, but that was an interesting option presented by a very very wise woman.

November 8, 2009 at 9:12 PM

I apologize for taking so long to reply. I do want to say that I’m sorry if any of this comes across harsh, as I do not mean it to be that way. This is what I believe from what I have read in the Word. Certainly there is no direct answer to the question of the salvation of unborn or infants who die very young. There is no verse that explicitly says yes or no to this question. We know from Romans 3 that no one seeks after God, and everyone is a sinner, so because of this and other verses I don’t believe in an age of accountability. We are sinners from the moment we are conceived. Most people who have been around small children can attest to the fact that they act just like most adults in their bad, selfish behavior. Some people say that “well small children do not know yet what is right and wrong”. Yet the Bible tells us that even those who are unreached, are “a law unto themselves”. So because of these reasons and others, I do not believe in an age of accountability. I will leave that entire discussion to another day though. So because of this we cannot say that these children go to Heaven because they are not yet held accountable for their sins. As I mentioned before, the Bible does not specifically address the salvation of unborn and infants who die young (as far as I know), so I will first put forth what I do know, and then what I believe about this topic. God is justified in damning whom He pleases and saving whom He pleases. (Romans 9:9- 33) This is so because in and of ourselves we are damned by our own actions, but with Christ’s death on the cross, justice is fulfilled for those who believe in Christ as their Lord and Savior. We do know that children are precious in the eyes of God, but that does not necessarily mean that they are instantly saved if they die. I know people also use the example of David and how he says that he is confident that he will see his dead son in Heaven. (2 Sam 12:23) This is simply David stating what he believes, and while it indeed may be true, we have no concrete evidence that it is. As happens many times in the Old Testament, not all that is written is how we are supposed to act. Some of it is just recounting of what happened (Josephs slavery in Egypt), rather than principles to live by. Therefore it is possible that what David states as his belief is actually incorrect. I cannot say this for sure, as the Bible does not speak contrary to David, but it certainly cannot be used as a firm argument. So this is how I see things: we cannot say for sure that infants or the unborn are saved if they die because we have no Biblical evidence to this. At the very same time we cannot say they will certainly go to hell because we know that God’s wrath has been satisfied by Christ’s death, and if it is His will, He can save those He wishes to. So, to succinctly put it, God can choose to send infants or the unborn to Heaven or hell, and be totally justified in either decision.

November 22, 2009 at 6:24 PM

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