Friday, December 14, 2012

Do Children and Babies go to Heaven when they die?

Answer: Yes they do. 

God does require a person to “believe and be baptized to be saved” (Mark 16:16), however, children are incapable of true belief in the Lordship of Christ. I do not believe that a loving God who wants all to be saved (2 Peter 3:9), would punish a child for not doing something they are incapable of doing. 

Sin is what keeps a person out of heaven. It is not possible for a child to truly sin. Sin is a willful transgression of God’s law (1 John 3:4). Sin is knowing the right thing to do but choosing to do wrong (James 4:17). A child may do bad things, but a child cannot yet commit sin that would separate them from God for all eternity.

Jesus emphasized the pure state of a child in (Matthew 18:1-5).

  • At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. “Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. “And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me
Some will try to make the accusation that a child is accountable for the sins of his or her parents or even the sins of Adam and Eve. This idea is not supported by Scripture. Notice (Ezekiel 18:20):
  • "The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father's iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son's iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself.
It is extremely sad when a child dies. As a parent, I could not fathom loosing one of my kids whether during childhood or even in the womb. A parent who has lost a child can find some comfort in knowing that their child has gone on to spend eternity with a loving Heavenly Father in the most wonderful place imaginable.
  • and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain (Revelation 21:4)
Children will go to heaven. Although in this life they may cry, face pain and sadness, in heaven they will never have to shed a tear again. 
- By CS - Quotes from NASB95