This is a continuation of the series, My Story. You can read the first 4 posts here. If you'd like more biblical proof about why I believe babies who are lost through miscarriage instantly go to heaven, check out my page For Theologians. Thanks again for reading!
Why would God do this to me again? Since my baby is not living, where is his/her soul? Is my baby in heaven? These questions enveloped me once more. I couldn’t escape from seeking God on this matter. The world’s answers didn’t satisfy my hunger for truth. What I was hearing from the world was sinking sand and I didn’t want to sink anymore. I wanted to be standing on a rock.
I went to God’s Word again, also consulting some mentors of mine on the matter. The question of the salvation of infants is one that most theologians do not often enjoy addressing. And to be quite honest, one must truly search the scriptures to come up with anything at all on the matter. It is not a major theme throughout scripture, but I once I read and worked through some specific passages, God’s Word brought me much comfort once more.
First, there are several examples in scripture of infants whom God elected and saved in infancy. So, I think it is safe to say that God can and sometimes does choose to save in that way. While it is not the usual means of salvation, which is to repent, turn from your sins, and surrender your all to Jesus Christ, it is a known fact that John the Baptist and David were saved in infancy under the special circumstances their lives presented. In Psalm, 22:10, David says, “upon You I was cast from birth; You have been my God from my mother’s womb.” David had a long history of reliance upon God, and he recognized that it was since the time he was in the womb of his mother. John the Baptist is another example we can look to. In Luke 1:15, the angel of the Lord appeared to Zacharias and speaking of John the Baptist said, “ . . . he will be filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother’s womb.” Both of these men went on to live lives that persevered in their pursuit of following of Christ. While they were not miscarried as babies, it is testimony to me of the fact that God has in the past chosen to save babies while in their mother’s wombs.
These babies were not saved because of their innocence, or the fact that they hadn’t sinned yet. That has nothing to do with it! We talked earlier of the sin that infested mankind when Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, and that sin nature is in even the tiniest of human embryos as well. No human can ever be saved by their own merit, it must be through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. So even John the Baptist and King David were saved because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ by the grace of God.
So we’ve established that God can and occasionally has in the past saved those in infancy or even in the womb. The question now is does He choose to save all babies who are miscarried in this way? This is a tough question because of the fact that it is not addressed forthrightly in scripture. But I want to share with you a story from scripture that I think will give you hope and a solid rock on which to stand.
You may remember the story of David’s adultery with Bathsheba recounted in 2 Samuel 11. While I do not have time to tell the whole of the story, I want to direct you to what happened after the adultery took place. Bathsheba found herself with child. Can you imagine? She had committed adultery, found out she was pregnant, only to have her husband murdered by the King. She bore David a son, but all that had happened was evil in the sight of the Lord. Nathan the prophet spoke to David of all the evil that had taken place, and one of the consequences he spoke to David was that “the child born to you shall surely die.” Therefore, it came as no surprise that David and Bathsheba’s baby boy became deathly ill. For seven days, he struggled with his sickness before he finally passed away. It is a sad story that reveals to us how serious sin is, and how it affects all of those around us. But I want to direct your attention to the verse at the end of the story. David was fasting for the baby while he was still alive because the Lord might have healed him, but after the infant passed, David stopped fasting, went and worshipped the Lord and he began eating again. Then he said this, “I will go to him [his infant son], but he will not return to me.” (2 Samuel 12:23)
This statement floored me the first time I read it. King David, who had been saved from infancy, who ultimately was a man after God’s own heart, who surely had excellent theology, had no qualms about saying that he would go to be with his child after he died. I know David was not meaning he would see him in hell . . . it was heaven to which he was referring. David could have joy, worship the Lord and even eat immediately after his baby boy died, because he knew that he would see his son again in heaven! This can bring us much joy, and much assurance that we will see our own babies again in heaven when we die, if we ourselves have been cleansed from sin and have followed after Christ. So I guess the question now is not “is my baby in heaven”, it is “am I going to be in heaven too?”
In an article written by Dr. Albert R. Mohler Jr. and Daniel L. Akin, entitled, “The Salvation of the ‘Little Ones’: Do Infants who Die Go to Heaven?”, the authors make the point that “we have no right to establish doctrine on the basis of what we hope may be true. We must draw our answers from what the Bible reveals to be true.” I think this is so important as I’ve already pointed out before. The scripture passage that these authors take us to comes from the book of Deuteronomy. Interestingly, the Israelites who are God’s chosen people had been sentenced to die after rebelling against God in the wilderness. Deuteronomy 1:35 states that “not one of these men, this evil generation, shall see the good land which I swore to your fathers.” Sounds pretty hopeless, right? But that was not the end of the story. God went on to say “Moreover, your little ones who you said would become prey, and your sons, who this day have no knowledge of good and evil, shall enter there, and I will give it to them and they shall possess it” (Deuteronomy 1:39). The little ones would indeed be able to enter the Promised Land because they had “no knowledge of good and evil”. Mohler and Akin say, “we believe that this passage bears directly on the issue of infant salvation, and that the accomplished work of Christ has removed the stain of original sin from those who die in infancy.” These babies “die secure in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.” This is further biblical proof that infants who die are guaranteed instant heaven. These passages give me much hope! I am not alone in my belief that infants who die go to heaven, there are many well known theologians who believe the same: Charles Spurgeon, John Newton, Charles Hodge, B.B. Warfield and modern day theologians, John MacArthur, Albert Mohler and others.
We see that we are sinners and cannot save ourselves. We see that even infants cannot be saved because of their own goodness. We see God’s redeeming work of Jesus on the cross. We see His grace in saving infants before they can follow after God on their own. If there is any hope for us to see our babies that were once held within our wombs, it is to trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation so we might spend our forever with Him in heaven, right alongside our own precious babies.