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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.