7 Reasons Why I Believe Dead Babies Go To Heaven

Last week I posted 7 thoughts about abortion. In that post I mentioned that I believe that babies who die go to heaven. There is some debate on the issue. The main reason for the debate is that there is no flat-out clear statement of Scripture. In other words, there is no verse that says “all babies who die go to heaven.”

Therefore, since the Bible does not directly state the case one way or another, a person needs to analyze the whole counsel of God and make a theory. My theory is that babies who die go to heaven. Here are 7 points on the subject.

  1. David’s dead baby
    I think this is the closest the Bible gets to saying dead babies go to heaven. David fasts and prays while his son is dying. Once the baby dies, David says, “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” David expects to see his kid again. This isn’t just wishful thinking recorded in Scripture, I don’t think. There is no counterpoint given in the Bible to disprove David’s statement, so I’d go with it.
  2. Original Sin
    Most of this debate circles around the issue of Original Sin. The Calvinist concept of Original Sin is that all humans are guilty by fault of being a human. All humans are guilty because of Adam’s sin, not because of personal sin, according to this view. Consistent Calvinists (of which there are few, thank God) believe only elect babies go to heaven, just as they believe only elect anybodies go to heaven. If you believe that simply being conceived places you under God’s judgment, you should deny that babies go to heaven. I don’t agree with the Calvinist notion of Original Sin. I believe babies are born morally innocent.
  3. Age of Accountability
    Based on verses like Isaiah 7:16, “For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good,” there is a testimony of Scripture that talks about a time of moral ignorance. Whatsoever is not of faith is sin. Faith comes by hearing God’s Word. Babies can’t hear God’s Word in any true sense of biblical hearing. Therefore, I do not see how they could be guilty of sin.
  4. Babies are innocent
    According to Ecclesiastes 7:29, “God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.” We hear all the time that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made,” as well as told we are “made in the image of God.” Yet many inconsistent people will, at the same time, believe we are born sinners, guilty and deserving of hell. Therefore, we are not made upright nor wonderfully, nor in the image of God! Unless you believe God is a sinner who thinks being born sinful is wonderful.
  5. Kids enter the Kingdom
    Jesus once said, “Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Jesus had many fine things to say about small kids. It seems hard to believe He would use small kids as an example for entering the Kingdom if small kids didn’t actually enter the Kingdom. “Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
  6. God is just
    Based on the revelation of God’s character as revealed to us in the Bible, I don’t see how the God of the Bible would throw babies into hell. This is based on hours of reading God’s Word, not just some hopeful, sentimental feeling within me. It does not fit God’s revealed character. God is love. Yes, there are reasons why God sends people to hell. Being a dead baby is never on that list.
  7. God’s outrage at infant sacrifice
    Part of some of the wicked idolatry around Israel involved sacrificing babies. These worshipers would “burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I did not command, and it did not come into My mind.” Killing babies is not even a concept that entered God’s mind. I can’t imagine then that He would throw dead babies into hell-fire.

The main reason people even bother to ask whether dead babies go to heaven is due to Calvinist philosophy. If you just stick with the Bible, I think a pretty good case is made for believing dead babies go to heaven.

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2 thoughts on “7 Reasons Why I Believe Dead Babies Go To Heaven”

  1. I’m not a Calvinist. Probably my understanding would lean more to the Arminian side. But I certainly believe that at the fall of man, the whole seed of mankind was corrupted.

    God had said that when they ate of the tree, “you shall surely die”. As it turned out, because of the immediate intercession of Christ, man’s physical life was prolonged for a while. But spiritually, in the inner man, he was dead. Only evil could come out, and did come out immediately after, as shown in the hiding from God, and blaming others.

    Since man no longer had spiritual life, then how could he pass it to his children? He couldn’t. Each species was to bring forth “after its kind”. This means that a fallen nature could only bring forth more fallen natures.

    Jesus became the new spiritual father to the human family, to replace Adam. “He who has the Son has life”. This includes babies…only those babies who “have the Son” have life.

    But what if the parent is born again? Couldn’t he pass this new spiritual life to his child? No. It must come from Christ. It is by the flesh that man passes his seed, and the flesh remains sinful, so it cannot transfer a holy seed. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”

    Babies do not have to wait until they are old enough to be baptized to have new spiritual life (because of this mistake in thinking, people baptize babies). No, their parents can make the choices for them.

    This is clearly revealed in the pre-natal influences that Samson’s parents were instructed to give. It is also indicated in the rite of circumcision, which was done on male babies without their choice. The parents dedicated them to God. But the child was susceptible to holy influences.

    I don’t think they actually need to “hear the Word” in the sense of understanding language. Paul argues in Romans, based on a Psalm, that “have they not all heard?” And the Psalm refers to nature. Everyone “hears” something of God through nature.

    The fact that a baby, even in the womb, is susceptible to holy influences, is shown by John the Baptist leaping in his mother’s womb, at Mary’s voice.

    Some of your arguments can easily be explained another way. David’s baby. Well, he prayed for it! It wasn’t naturally “innocent”, but by the influence of David’s prayer, it received salvation. The children that Jesus referred to: children have less of the scars of sin upon them, and therefore their open, believing, simple nature is a picture for us. There are other scriptures that advise us not to be “like children” (1 Cor. 14:20), or to “put away childish things” (1 Cor. 13:11).

    You know, when a thorn bush is just a tiny sprout coming out of the ground, you can pick it right out of the ground with your bare fingers and it won’t hurt you. But once it is a bit older, and the thorns come out, it will sting. So it is with children. They are relatively more innocent when they are younger. But an evil tree is an evil tree still. The thorns will come out.

    There were also babies in the Bible that God gave over to death: the firstborn of Egypt, the babies of the wicked at the flood, the Canaanites (whole cities were wiped out). Understanding these incidents, as well as the “hell-fire” you spoke of, requires a deeper grasp of God’s character, and how he relates to the punishment of sin.

    My view is a bit different from yours: I see sin as punishing sinners, and God at times being forced to allow it to have full destructive consequences. So the choice parents have for their children goes both ways: if we choose destruction, then our children can be destroyed as well. The guilt lies mainly with those who made the choice, but the consequences apply to all, unless they are under God’s special protection (through their own faith, or the faith of others exercised for them).

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