What happens to babies who die in the womb? What about infants and young children who die; do they go to Heaven? What is the age of accountability?
These are important questions that many people have asked themselves as they or others they know have struggled with the loss of a child.
- What happens to babies and young children when they die?
- Where do I find the age of accountability in the Bible?
- Do mentally ill people go to heaven?
- What does the Bible say about household salvation?
- What does the Bible say about infant baptism?
I have not found a pastor or teacher who has addressed the issue with such biblical depth and breadth as John MacArthur. His book, Safe in the Arms of God, answers the below questions:
- Where is my child?
- What can we say with certainty to those with empty arms?
- How does God regard children?
- What if my child is not among the elect?
- Will I see my child again?
- What is my child’s life like in heaven?
- Why did my child have to die?
- How shall we minister to those who are grieving?
Here are two sermons in which John MacArthur exposits the relevant biblical passages and also addresses many of the same questions as in his book.
Also, an article by John MacArthur:
2 Samuel 12:21-23 "21 His servants asked him, "Why are you acting this way? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept, but now that the child is dead, you get up and eat!" 22 He answered, "While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, 'Who knows? The LORD may be gracious to me and let the child live.' 23 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."