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Do Babies Go To Heaven
2 Sam 12:22-23
22 He said, "While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ' Who knows, the LORD may be gracious to me, that the child may live.' 23 "But now he has died; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me." NAS

Introduction      Some Positions Related To This Matter:
Associated Press Writer
VATICAN CITY Apr 20, 2007 (AP)
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=3060955

Roman Catholic Church
Although Catholics have long believed that children who die without being baptized are with original sin and thus excluded from heaven, the Church has no formal doctrine on the matter. Theologians, however, have long taught that such children enjoy an eternal state of perfect natural happiness, a state commonly called limbo, but without being in communion with God.
Benedict approved the findings of the International Theological Commission, a Vatican advisory panel, which said it was reassessing traditional teaching on limbo in light of "pressing" pastoral needs primarily the growing number of abortions and infants born to non-believers who die without being baptized.

While the report does not carry the authority of a papal encyclical or even the weight of a formal document from the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, it was approved by the pope on Jan. 19 and was published on the Internet an indication that it was intended to be widely read by the faithful.

Baptized Infants Only.
This view is held by sacramentalists, who believe that baptism is necessary for salvation. Some Roman Catholics, some Lutherans, and Anglicans espouse the position.

"Elect Infants" Only.
Another view asserts that among infants only "elect" babies go to heaven. Since Protestants believe in only two possible destinies, this implies that all non-elect infants go to hell. Many who hold this view are agnostic about whether some or all infants are "elect." They state the issue thus because the Bible is silent on the issue. Christians who take this view are in the covenant theology tradition.

Some Who Emphasize Election in a Calvinistic Manner, Do believe all babies can go to heaven. John MacArthur is such a person.

Now I will share what I believe. No one can be dogmatic about their position on this subject since scripture does not give us proof text on which to be dogmatic.

1.    Scriptures That Seem To Indicate Babies Go To Heaven.

A. The Word To The Infants Of Israel. Deut 1:38-40
38'Joshua the son of Nun, who stands before you, he shall enter there; encourage him, for he will cause Israel to inherit it. 39'Moreover, your little ones who you said would become a prey, and your sons, who this day have no knowledge of good or evil, shall enter there, and I will give it to them and they shall possess it. 40'But as for you, turn around and set out for the wilderness by the way to the Red Sea.' NASU

        1. The Term Age Of Accountability Is Not The Best Term.

                        said, ' Who knows, the LORD may be gracious to me, that the child may live.' 23 "But now he has died; why should I
                         fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me." NASU

                                   1. David Knew He Could Not Bring The Child Back. v 23a
                                    2. He Believed He Could Go And Be With The Child. v 23b                                    
                                    3. David Believed He Would Go To Heaven.                                   
                                            Ps 23:6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house
                                     of the LORD forever. NASU
                                    Ps 73:24 With Your counsel You will guide me, And afterward receive me to glory. NASU C. God Expressed

C.    Concern For The Children Of Nineveh. Jonah 4:10-11

        10 Then the LORD said, "You had compassion on the plant for which you
did not work and which you did not cause to grow, which came up overnight and perished overnight. 11 "Should I not have compassion on Nineveh, the great city in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know the difference between their right and left hand, as well as many animals?" NASU

D. Jesus Tells Of A Child's Guardian Angel. Matt. 18:9-11
9 " If your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it from you. It is 
better for you to enter life with one eye, than to have two eyes and be cast into the fiery hell. 10 "See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven. 11[" For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.] NASU

E. Jesus Invites The Children To Come To Him. Matt 19:13-14
13 Then some children were brought to Him so that He might lay His hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But Jesus said, " Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." NASU


F. Jesus PRAISED The Father For Revealing Truth To Infants.  Matt 11:25
        At that time Jesus said, "I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. NASU

G. Jesus Said All Must Be As Children In Order To Enter Heaven. Matt 18:2-4 2
        And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, 3 and said, "Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 "Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. NASU


        1.    This Relates To Humility, and Trust.
          2.  It May  Be Also Saying Something About A Child's Innocence Related To Personal Sin.
          3.  
It May Be Including The Child Under The Blood Of Christ.


H.     Jesus Redeems From Every Nation. Rev 5:9 -10
        9  And they sang a new song, saying, " Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. 10 "You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth." NASU

        1.    Today We Have People Groups That Have Not Heard The Gospel; Unless They heard by Radio.
        2.   
We Do Have Places Where The Gospel Has Not Been Written In Their Language.

Conclusions
         The Bible Teaches Adam's sin and guilt, imputed to every single human being, explains why we are born as sinners.
         The Bible clearly teaches that every person will be judged for his or her own sins, not for Adam's sin.
        
According to the Bible, Hell is a place of punishment for sins consciously committed during our earthly lives.        
            We are told that we will be judged according to deeds committed in the body.

        The judgment of sinners that will take place at what the Scriptures refer to as the Great White Throne judgment and will be
         according to their deeds.
        Rev. 20:11-12 "Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And -I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds." NAS

Illustration
My wife's brother R. L. Bishop had a child accidentally run over while playing in his own driveway. His maternal grandmother backed out of the driveway not knowing he was behind the car. 

A few years later my wife got a time to be alone with her brother and asked him if he knew for certain he had received salvation through Christ's sacrifice. He told her, "Yes!" He then related the following story.

He told her as they rushed their son to the hospital he held him in his arms with his hand against his head. On the way he said he felt the brains of his son oozing out and he sensed life was leaving his son. He related that he just knew this little boy was dying, and he believed he would go to heaven. He knew he would not because he had never accepted Christ into his life, so right their he surrendered to the call of Christ.

Have you ever surrendered to Christ? I believe that child you lost went to heaven; by the grace of God you may also go. The sacrifice of Christ will cover your sin, and sins. But you must surrender to Him. Please acknowledge Him as the Lord of your life today.

The Bottom Line In All Of This Is The Mercy Of God.

I Do Not Believe Any Of Us Are More Merciful Than God; Nor

That We Need To Be Concerned That God Will Not Show Mercy

To A Child That Has Never Willfully Sinned.