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When a Baby Dies

Question: Are we correct to think that all babies go to heaven?

Answer: I am convinced that all babies who die before birth and in infancy will go to heaven.

We must not think that they go to heaven because they are innocent. They are not. Though they have not committed personal sin, all Adam’s children are “brought forth in iniquity" and "conceived in sin" (Psalm 51:5) - what theologians call "original sin." Even infants need to be redeemed and washed to be admitted to heaven.

Knowing the loving heart of God, we are encouraged to believe that the Lord is gracious to these little ones. It is true that they are conceived in sin. However it is also gloriously true that where sin abounds, grace abounds much more!

Our Lord Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Heaven belongs to little children! There would be many children with us in our Father’s house.

This morning I felt a little bit jealous for a tiny baby girl - a gentle rebel, I call her - who was determined to leave this world of ours to be with the Lord. Standing beside her incubator while she was taking her last breaths, I whispered, “God bless you little one. Go! It is much better in heaven that it is here. One day I’ll meet you there.”

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