Do babies or
children go to heaven should they die?
On Babies going to be with
In the captioned text we have David fasting so that God
heals the child that was dying. After the child dies David makes an interesting
statement, “can I bring him back”, and then “I shall go to him”. Wherever the
child was David knew that someday he (David) will join him.
(2Sam 12:23 [KJV])
But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.
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On Children going to be with
In the following verses we see that children as they grow
older are prime candidates to be with the Lord. Our Lord also made a
conditional statement about belief in him as a condition for children to be
in the kingdom (Matt18:6)
(Matt 18:4 [KJV])
Whosoever therefore shall
humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the
kingdom of heaven.
(Matt 18:6 [KJV])
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about
his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
(Matt 19:14 [KJV])
But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not,
to come unto me: for of such is the
kingdom of heaven.
TTGM: We believe based on the statement that David made that
babies are in the Lord’s care after they die. Why? David knew where he was
going after he died (in the Lord’s care). As for children, this is our
observation. Children are inherently humble in the early stages of life;
they accept everything they are told by their “loving” parents. However, when
they experience lies, deceit, hatred, uncaring
actions towards them; their power of discernment kicks in (woefully
undeveloped at this stage). This power to discern is for the lack of a
better word a protection mechanism. How can I trust what these adults
(parents) are saying or doing to me (hurt)? From this comes choice. The child
that choses Christ and can discern (from an early age) what is right and what
it wrong, God saves (if he chooses Christ). This is why it is so important
that believers in the Lord take the earliest opportunity in their child’s
development to train up the little one in the way it should go. Yes, teach
too the lies and deceit that is in the world before it is exposed to it. This
will aid in the development (at an early stage) in the child’s ability to discern
what is, from what is not.
To parents that believe, we end with this for your Children:
(Prov 22:6 [KJV])
Train up a child in the way
he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.