Do Children Go to Heaven?

It’s always a tragedy when children die. After all, parents are supposed to die before their children, not the other way around.

Parents then wonder:

Is my child in heaven?

The Bible has a partial answer:

1 Corinthians 7:14: “For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your young children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.”

Thus, the children of a Christian parent are saved, at least until they come to an age of personal accountability (which may differ for each child). However, we have no similar assurance for the children of parents who are not Christians.

Furthermore, David lost a child seven days after his birth. His response assures us that, yes, indeed, children of believers go to heaven:

“But now that he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me” (2 Samuel 12:23). David was fully confident that he would meet his son in heaven. This passage is a powerful indication that babies and young children who pass from this world will go to heaven.

All children, even young ones, are born under sin and are not innocent. It is God’s mercy that allows them into heaven.

God is good, just, and full of mercy and love. He wants what’s best of us, even in heaven. Believe in Him; the rest will work itself out.

3 thoughts on “Do Children Go to Heaven?

  1. I am not sure how I feel about this. Part of me is angry. Does God choose who He will save? Children are not capable of rejecting the blood of Christ. So are they consciously under rebellion? What about the age of accountability in the Jewish culture? When are we accountable for our decision to coronate or abdicate? I used to find comfort for all children who die young because I believed God chose salvation for them no matter what decisions their parents made. This is upsetting. I pray that my knowledge of God’s Sovereignty can see me through this.

    1. Michelle, To be punished, God requires a knowledge of the sin we committed. In Romans chapter 7 Paul wrote, “What then shall we say? Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed, I would not have been mindful of sin if not for the law. For I would not have been aware of coveting if the law had not said, “Do not covet.”…Once I was alive apart from the law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died. ”

      A child is not mindful of the law as such and is not dead in trespasses and sins as an adult. I think different people come to an age of accountability at different ages depending upon their intelligence and teachings, but God is just. I am so thankful God is just!

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