This is part of an ongoing republication of Vilas Deane’s Vi the Bible Guy series from the original Southview website. Three questions and three answers will get put up each Wednesday morning, so be sure to check back!
Q4: Do the souls of children/babies go to heaven when they die?
In 2 Sam. 12:23, David talks about the death of his baby boy: “…I will go to him, but he will not return to me.” David seems to say the answer to the question is “Yes.” Little children had a special place in the heart of Jesus. He said about the children in Matt. 19:13-15 “… of such is the kingdom of heaven.” I am comfortable in believing that the souls of children/babies go to heaven when they die.
Q5:Does the Bible say anything about the “age of accountability”?
Not quite! In Jonah 4:11, little ones are mentioned who are so young that they “can not tell their right hand from their left.”In Jer. 19:4, God refers to the lives of little ones sacrificed to false gods as “the blood of innocents.” This seems to tell us that there is an age when the little ones are still “innocent.” The little ones are not guilty in the same way as those whose sins are premeditated and deliberate. Jesus’ words in Matt. 19:13-15 (“… of such is the kingdom of heaven”) suggest that God’s mercy is graciously extended to these little ones. But what precisely is the “age of accountability?” The Bible does not tell us.
Q6:Did Eve sin? How did sin start?
We see in Gen. 3:6 that Eve was seduced and deceived by the serpent. She ate of the forbidden fruit. Then in Gen. 3:7 we see that innocence was replaced by guilt and shame. So Gen. 3:7 tells us that Adam and Eve hid from God. The fact that she was hiding with guilt and shame suggests that she sinned. Could being deceived be an “excuse” so that it was not sin? No! 1 Timothy 2:14 says that Eve did sin, being deceived. Adam followed in sin by choice, not being deceived. Then sin was passed on to the entire human race through Adam.