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In this series answering the “Top 50 Questions Christians Can’t Answer“, we have been answering the questions one at a time. Today’s article takes a detour from that approach largely because these three questions are so closely related, they deserve to be answered together. Let’s talk about God and babies.

If Babies Go to Heaven when they die, Why not kill them?



31 and 32 – If you believe that your eternal life is more important than your physical life and you believe that all children are innocent in the eyes of God, why not kill your children so they are guaranteed to go to heaven?  You can’t tell me that it is because killing is a sin. First of all, you could repent thereafter and be forgiven. Secondly, if you would sacrifice your life for your child who is about to be hit by a train, and you believe your eternal life is more important than this life, then it would stand to reason that you should kill your children to ensure their entrance into heaven before they are old enough to be held accountable for being a creature of sin, right? 

32 – If you do believe that children are innocent in the eyes of God, wouldn’t it be reasonable to suggest that abortion doctors are winning more souls for Christ than Christian missionaries? Why not bomb a pre-school? That would surely win a lot of souls for Christ. 

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

Romans 12:1
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”

The teaching of scripture is that human beings are the property of God. To that end, they exist on earth to fulfill his purposes. When parents raise their children, they do not own those children as a person might own piece of furniture. The parents are responsible for raising those children on behalf of God, and will be held accountable for the way in which they discipline, instruct, and provide for those children by God. If it was God’s will that those children die before they reach adulthood or never existed at all, he certainly has the ability to fulfill this desire. Moreover, God allows every human being to die in due time. Between a persons birth and death, however, they exist for a reason, and that reason is assigned to them by their Creator, else no humans would exist at all. The responsibility for that child’s eternal destiny is a matter between themselves and God, not something for the parents to determine. The most beneficial thing that parent can do for the child is to instruct that child about God so that they will be equipped for making that decision on their own.

If babies do go to hell, God is a monster


33 – If you do not believe that children are innocent in the eyes of God, wouldn’t it be fair to suggest that God is a monster for sending babies and toddlers to hell upon their death? Do you see the conundrum here? 

To suggest that God does something “wrong” in any choice or action that he takes is to suggest that there is some standard of “right” and “wrong” that exists outside of God, and by which he must be judged. In order to accuse God of violating this standard, it is necessary to first determine what the standard is, and why it has authority over God. There is no grounds upon which such a standard might exist.
There are several passages in scripture that indicate that at a certain stage of development, children do not suffer judgment by God. Upon the death of his infant son, King David says “I will go to him, but he will not come to me,” a statement that has led Bible commentators to speculate that the child ended up in a blessed eternal state.

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