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Do Babies Go to Heaven?

Do Babies Go to Heaven?

The afterlife...something that most people don’t like to think about because it’s so unknown. Some people believe we simply cease to exist while some believe in reincarnation. Others think we become part of the universe itself. However, most people I know believe in some version of heaven, a place where pain is gone and people are always happy. As a Christian, I have always believed in heaven and hell, but I had never really wrestled with the reality of death and the afterlife until Hope died. When you lose someone you love, your beliefs about the afterlife suddenly become most important; for me, this meant reading through Biblical passages about heaven so that I could know beyond a shadow of a doubt that she was there.    

The first passage that brought me so much peace was 2 Samuel 12:23, “But now that he is dead, why should I go on fasting? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.” This passage is about David and his baby son that passed away. While the baby was sick, David refused to eat and prayed for God to have mercy on his son. But once he died, David got up and ate. His servants were confused by this, and David tells them that the baby will not return to him on this earth, but one day, he would go to him in heaven. This verse showed me that infants do go to heaven, and I could be assured that Hope was safely with Jesus.    

Another passage that brought me some clarity was Hebrews 1:14, “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” I have been told countless times by others that Hope is now an angel watching over me in heaven. I love the sentiment behind that, but in reality, Hope is not an angel. Angels are ministering spirits, messengers of God that serve Him. Hope is so much more than that! She is a daughter of the King, a glorified child of God. She will receive a heavenly body! 1 Corinthians 15: 42-44 says, “So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.” For those of you who have been told your babies are angels, you can know that they are actually so much more than that. They are the princes and princesses of King Jesus!   

One last passage that I love is Revelation 21:4-5. “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” This passage is about heaven and how wonderful it will be. When I think that Hope is in a place where there is no pain or death or tears, I smile with gratitude. She will never know pain or suffering; she will never have her heart broken or experience failure. The first time she opened her eyes, she saw Jesus. And what more could I possibly want for my child? She has everything she needs because she has Him.   

In the moments when I feel so much grief and sadness, and I miss Hope with every ounce of my being, the only thought that can bring relief is knowing that she is in heaven with Jesus and that I will one day go there to be with her. While I do believe that every baby goes to heaven, I believe that adults have to believe in Jesus in order to join them there. We have to acknowledge that we are sinners in need of grace and that Jesus took our punishment on the cross. He was raised from the dead and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. All we have to do is trust in Him for our salvation and accept the grace that is offered to us at the cross. If we do that, death will not be the end for us. He will usher us into heaven and introduce us to the babies that we have missed so much. I cannot wait for that glorious day!    

Lauren Young is a wife to Will and mom to two beautiful boys on earth (Matti and Sammy) and three precious babies in heaven (Hope, Jonah, and January).  She is a stay-at-home mom who enjoys writing, reading good books, cooking new recipes, and playing piano.  She lives in central Texas now but was born and raised in Georgia.  She and her husband are now in the adoption process and can't wait to see what God has in store for their family.  


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