All Babies Go to Heaven?
- Q) Here’s the question: when a baby or small child dies before the age of accountability does that child go to heaven, automatically?
Definition: “Age of Accountability” = the age of accountability presents the concept that young people before they are emotionally or intellectually capable of fully comprehending sin or death or even the pros or cons of accepting Jesus as Lord (or salvation through a relationship with Jesus) that these children are therefore absolved of the responsibility for sin and therefore the “Laws of Sin and Death” do not apply (Romans 8:1-5).
But is this true?The vast majority of Christians would answer this question in the “affirmative,” “Of course it’s true and that is why all babies go to heaven.”
Their premise after all, is that babies are innocent, for they have not committed even the slightest of sin nor least of offences; accordingly, these children are free from the consequences of sin and would then naturally and appropriately go straight to heaven.”
Let’s see what God’s Word has to say on the subject; after all, correctly or incorrectly… the concept for the age of accountability is taken from God’s Word.
We’ll start with this old chestnut:
Therefore, just as through one man (Adam) sin entered the world, and death (separation from God) through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—
For until the law – sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. (Romans 5:12-13 NKJV)
And here’s another:
But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death (separation from God) but the gift of God is eternal life (Salvation) in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Or how about this one:
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23 KJV).
So if all have sinned then this means even the innocent child is not without sin for we are born in sin.
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:17-18 NKJV)
However… here is some wonderful news for Christians and their children:
12 But to the rest I, not the Lord, say: If any brother has a wife who does not believe, and she is willing to live with him, let him not divorce her. 13 And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him.
Why not divorce them you might ask?
14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified (hä-gē-ä’-zō meaning-purified: Strong’s G37) by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean (sinners Strong’s G169) but now they are holy (a holy one/saint Strong’s G40). 15 But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart; a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases. But God has called us to peace. 16 For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife? (1 Corinthians 7:12-16 NKJV)
So, if neither parent is saved by the blood of the Lamb (Jesus) then the children are not under the umbrella of salvation through the grace contracted through one or both parents.
As mentioned in several https://thissideofthewhirlwind.wordpress.com/ posts: the New Testament or new covenant between God and each saved individual is just that… a contract forged by the Son of God, Jesus of Nazareth and anyone who calls on the name of the Lord Jesus as their Master and Savior and believes in their heart that God raised Jesus from the dead (Romans 10:9-11).
For through the heart we believe unto righteousness and by with our mouth confession is made unto “salvation”.
I love that part!
So here is the answer to the question:
When a baby or small child dies before the age of accountability does that child go to heaven, automatically?
Yes, if one or more of the child’s parents knows Jesus as Lord and Savior.
No, if neither parent knows Jesus.
Does your heart scream, “Not-Fair!”
Guess what… “not-fair” is not part of the equation.
Expecting salvation to be fair is like expecting gravity to be wet; they are not connected concepts in reality.
If we were treated fairly none of us would receive salvation.
God created our universe and our lives so we could become sons and daughters of God Himself.
Sons and daughters of GOD!
Wow, what a privilege.
For such a purpose humans exist and the universe was created!
Ah—h, doesn’t sound right to you… or does it?
If it doesn’t sound right then it is likely because we do not think with the mind of God.
How could we?
We are finite and base in our ways of thinking with vast portions of our rational considerations steeped in self-interest.
God’s way of thinking is based in the infinite and drenched with limitless possibilities and power.
Ponder the vast intellect necessary to create one galaxy – let alone our entire universe.
How could we hope to understand God’s reasoning or rational for:
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction (damnation) and there are many who go in by it.
“Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:13-14 NKJV)
Remember this: All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God…
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16 NKJV)
God created the entire universe just so YOU could be His kid.
Take a moment to tell Him, “Thanks Dad!”