Do Babies Go to Heaven?
I am often asked the question, what happens to babies when they die. Do they go to Heaven? Well, before I can answer that, we must understand that the Bible teaches about salvation. I think Paul (under inspiration of the Holy Spirit) put it best in the following verses:
Romans 1:16-23, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.”
This passage clearly teaches us that in order to get to Heaven, we must believe the Gospel. Let’s break down what this means.
1 – What is the Gospel?
The Gospel is most clearly defined in 1 Corinthians 15:1-5:
1 Cor. 15:1-5, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:”
This verse can be broken down into several statements (proclamations) and reasons (proofs).
- Christ died for our sins – Proclamation
- He was buried – Proof
- He rose from the dead – Proclamation
- He was seen – Proof
2 – The Gospel is Salvation from God’s Wrath
The Bible states that man’s sin has warranted God’s Holy wrath in Romans 1:18, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;”
3 – God’s Wrath is Justified Because All Men Have the Witness of God
- Every human that has ever been born has had the witness of the Holy Spirit
John 16:7-8, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:”
- Every human who can see, hear, touch and taste has the witness of Nature
Romans 1:20, “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:”
- If anyone will trust these two witnesses; then God the Father will draw them to the Jesus Christ for salvation
John 6:44, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day”
4 – Men End Up In Hell Because They Are Spiritually Dead
Romans 5:12, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned”
To understand spiritual death, we must first realize that humans are composed of three parts: a body, a soul and a spirit. Heaven and earth are different realms and are inhabited by beings that belong in those realms.
- Spiritually beings like God, the angels, and people that have their spirit made alive, inhabit Heaven
John 4:24, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
2 Corinthians 5:8, “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”
- Physical beings like animals and created human beings inhabit Earth
- When a human being dies, his physical body will go into the grave and his soul will follow his spirit:
- If his spirit is dead, his soul will go to Hell
- If his spirit is alive, his soul will be go to Heaven
- A person’s spirit can only be made alive at salvation, by the Holy Spirit’s indwelling
Ephesians 2:1, “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;”
Ephesians 2:4-6, “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:”
5 – Babies Go to Heaven because of God’s Grace and Mercy
So why do I believe that a baby, or small child will end up in Heaven? Here are some of the scriptural reasons why I believe so:
- They did not hold the truth in unrighteousness. Meaning that a small child or baby lacks the ability to understand what is truth. They cannot differentiate between right and wrong and cannot discern to understand the truth. Many call children at this age to be under the ‘age of accountability’. So it seems in scripture that the wrath of God is not placed on them, because they cannot hold the truth in unrighteousness.
Romans 1:18, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;”
- Their inherited sin was paid for by Jesus Christ. When they were born in this world, or even if they were still in the womb they were conceived with the sin that was passed down from Adam and Eve. Although they have never sinned (plural), meaning that they have never made a decision to do that which is against the nature of God, they are still born in sin. But the Bible indicates that Jesus is the Lamb of God which takes away the sin (singular) of the world. Sin, meaning, the original sin that is inherited is paid for by Jesus Christ.
John 1:29, “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”
- This is evident by David’s proclamation concerning the death of His infant Son. After David sinned with Bathsheba, she conceived and had a son. Because of David’s sin, his son would pay the price for David’s sin and die. David then says the following in 2 Samuel 12:23, “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. It is evident that King David had the utmost confidence that he would see his son again one day.
- The Character of God allows children to come. Whenever Jesus encountered children, He would alway welcome them with open arms.
Mark 10:14, “But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.”