Question: Why do you believe that all babies who die are saved? |

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Question: I have heard you say on a few occasions that all babies and children are saved. I do not dispute this, but could you back this up from Scripture? 

Response: The sense of justice we have in our consciences assures us that God would not send innocent babes, who were never conscious of having sinned, to hell to suffer eternally for sin. We can rely upon Abraham’s pleading with God not to “slay the righteous with the wicked,” and his appeal, “Shall not the judge of all the earth do right?”and God’s apparent agreement (Gn 18:25). We also have David’s statement regarding his dead baby son: “But now he is dead...I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me” (2 Sm 12:23).

Christ’s attitude toward, and His statements regarding, small children gives us additional assurance of their salvation: “Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven” (Mk 10:14); “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven” (Mt 18:10). Although I don’t fully understand the latter statement about “their angel,” it seems to indicate a relationship with God during their innocence. Furthermore, everyone must “receive the kindgom of God as a little child” (Mk 10:15).