Where Babies Go When They Die :: By Gene Lawley

It is a question that needs an answer, especially in this day of determined destruction of human life at its very onset. That driving purpose is called “abortion” and is being fought for with great intensity. And why is that? Like most other things in this broken world, just follow the money trail. It seems to be that purpose for money more than any concern for the welfare of the mother or any concern for the dignity of life of the baby. It would also be very shortsighted not to recognize that all sin has its beginning with Satan. In Scripture, he is described as one who “comes only to steal, kill and destroy” (John 10:10a).

Let’s unfold those Scriptures for the answer of this article’s title, for God does have an answer that speaks loudly to those who would defy the God of all creation. The foundation of all searching for truth with understanding is found in Proverbs 9:10b, which says, “…And knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” The attributes of God are the foundation of universal truth, and they are fixed and unchangeable. The Bible teaches that as He “was” before time began, He will always be— “Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). We must not forget this truth.

How many times, then, must God tell you that He loves you before it becomes true? The familiar John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him shall not perish but shall have everlasting life.” But what about those who cannot believe on Him because they are still in the womb, or have no idea of a need to believe on Him, or have never heard of Him? Does God still love them, and if so, how does He account for their lack of belief? Consider the more than sixty million babies who have been aborted for their body parts here in America? Do their souls, which never die, “go into outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth” according to the words of Jesus? (Matthew 25:30).

Consider the words of Psalm 139:13-18, for they have a vastly different story. (The psalmist is addressing the God of creation.):

“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed, and in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with You.”

In that passage are shown the three major attributes of the eternal God—all-knowing, everywhere present, and all-powerful, just as the first of the Psalm tells of the first two in great detail. If your God is one of eternal existence, whose foreknowledge sees and writes in His book the future of that person being conceived, then you will have a very hard time holding to a belief that God has no plan of redemption for one who dies in the womb, or as one who has no understanding of his accountability before God. It is a question of justice—is God just with an indictment of those who have no means of defense?

Is our often-repeated pledge of allegiance to our flag, which ends “with liberty and justice for all,” just an empty phrase?

Can you read that Psalm 139 passage and conclude that God has no redemptive plan for those we identify as innocents?

Jesus spoke to that issue when He said, in Matthew 19:14, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” However, the meaning is it is sure that the millions of babies who have been aborted will stand before the judgment of those who caused their death and testify against them if there is an actual trial and not automatic judgment for the evil ones. A scenario of millions of babies who have been aborted, and others who were not able to answer to their accountability before God, being cast into “outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth” does not testify to the character of the living God of creation, a God who is the author of justice.

One other passage that gives credence to the truth that God has redemption in mind for those who have no access to justice is found in the account of the death of David’s first son with Bathsheba. David’s declaration is reported at 2 Samuel 12:23: “But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”

When David said, “I shall go to him,” he was not thinking of going to the child’s grave, for truthfully so, that is only the place of dead bodies. David’s ultimate destiny was in heaven, and thus, the destiny of the child also was expected to be there. This joins with that statement Jesus made above to give us sufficient evidence to be confident that “little children” will be with the Lord. We have only to look at 2 Corinthians 5:8 to see that the whole counsel of God testifies to this truth, as it says there, “apart from the body, present with the Lord,” for in the grave is that which is returning to the dust that it came from, whether unborn or aged.

It is true that every human being is accountable and responsible to God for their knowledge of right and wrong. Romans 2:13-16 tells us of how that liability has come about:

“…For not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified; for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.”

Justice belongs to God.

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