Friday, December 6, 2013

Do unbaptized infants go to hell?

Another article on the eternal destination of infants who die before birth/before baptism.

Once, a lady came to my office to talk to me about the sadness she was experiencing for many years; she had had five miscarriages and was mourning the loss of her children. Her biggest difficulty with the issue, she explained, was that her children were condemned to hell because they were never baptized.

I asked her how she had come to that conclusion and she answered that she was taught early in her life that all people who die and have never been baptized go to hell, even infants, because of “original sin”.

The two questions I would like to raise here today are (1) “Where has this idea come from?” and (2) “Is this the teaching of the Ancient Christian Church?”

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  1. Thanks for posting this. I would like to add that our priest gave us a pdf of a chapter from "Life After Death" by Met. Hieretheos that analyses St. Gregory of Nyssa's explanation that infants are illumined at conception and even without baptism are in communion with God and go to heaven should they die before baptism (baptism is always better and unbaptised infants are in a bit of a different "state" than those who are baptised, as other saints have also said, but certainly not hell!!). Our child is expected to have Potter's Syndrome and we do not know if it will survive birth to baptise it before it reposes, so this was a great reassurance to us (although I certainly never thought God would send infants to hell! It was just such a good thing to read and remember).

  2. Anonymous, I'm sorry to hear about your child's diagnosis. I know this is off-topic, but has your doctor researched trying the new technique of injecting saline into the uterus periodically during pregnancy (to take the place of the missing amniotic fluid)? There was recently a high-profile case of a baby who had this done and is now going home from the hospital (on dialysis and waiting for a kidney transplant).

  3. The specialists I've been seeing actually say this is not a "new" treatment, but an experimental treatment that has been used in the past with typically disastrous results (usually resulting in uterine infections). They don't know why John Hopkins opted to do such a treatment and don't advocate it themselves since they say it has almost always been highly dangerous and not enough beneficial research has been done to know if it could actually help eventually. If the lungs have developed enough, dialysis is possible (as long as the baby is 5 lbs or more), but that rarely occurs. Currently the options are very impersonal and their latest plan is to separate me and the baby after birth in different hospitals.

    Are infants, unborn children, and young children sinners? Of course they are not sinners. To believe that you would have to believe the false doctrine of original sin. There is no Biblical evidence that men are now nor were they ever guilty of Adam's sin. Men die physically because of Adam's sin. Men die spiritually because the the sins they themselves commit.

    Romans 9:11 (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil......(NKJV)

    The unborn cannot commit evil.

    Deuteronomy 1:34-39 ......39 'Moreover your little ones and your children, who you will be victims, who today have no knowledge of good and evil, they shall go in there; to them I will give it, and they shall possess it. (NKJV)

    The Lord does not punish children for the sins of their fathers nor for the sin of Adam.

    Isaiah 7:14-16 ...Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. 15 "Curds and honey He shall eat, that He may know to refuse the evil and choose the good. 16. "For before the Child shall know to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land that you dread will be forsaken by both her kings.(NKJV)

    Even Jesus had an age of accountability. Jesus had to reach an age where He knew right from wrong before He could be charged with committing sin. Infants, the unborn, and small children have to reach a certain age before they can be guilty of sin. Jesus was not guilty of Adam's sin nor did He Himself commit sin.

    The doctrine of original sin and infant baptism is a man-made tradition.

    Matthew 18: 2-3 ..."Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter into the the kingdom of heaven. (NKJV)

    Certainly Jesus was not saying you have to be guilty of original sin like these children to enter into heaven. Little children are not guilty of Adam's sin nor any other kind of sin.

    Hebrews 2:10-17....17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. (NKJV)

    In order to believe the false doctrine of original sin you would have to believe that Jesus was guilty of Adam's sin and therefore a sinner from birth. Jesus had to made like us in every respect.

    Jesus was born like us all. NOT GUILTY OF ADAM'S SIN NOR ANY OTHER SIN.

    Men are only guilty of the sins they themselves commit at the point when they can distinguish good from evil. Yes, there is an age of accountability.

    You can believe the false doctrine of original sin and of children sinners that is written in man-made creed books or you can believe God's word as recorded in the Bible.



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