Good mornin to you my friend.
This post has a bizarre title I know, but it’s the end-product of a lot of discussion over the concept of original sin.
The idea that dead babies and dead little children all go to heaven seems obvious doesn’t it? Of course it does. But a few days ago I was reading a post about “original sin,” (Adam’s sin infecting all of humanity with sin). Which then prompts the question, what happens to babies when they die? Do they get to go to heaven if they’re polluted with sin, (because of Adam’s transgression)? And for a moment, this issue confused me a little. But thankfully God directed a handful of saints to come help clarify this matter for me.
The following words of Jesus settled this whole issue once and for all:
3 “And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
13 “Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.
14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.“
The kingdom of heaven is of such as little children.
Think about it for a minute and the answer is obvious. Look at the overall messages in scripture… When God sends someone to hell, they’re condemned there for their own sins, (not Adam’s).
And babies, little children, and people who are born with certain mental disabilities don’t have the ability to commit sins.
What did Jesus say in John 8.24?
24 “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.“
Jesus could have said, if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in Adam’s sins, (couldn’t He)? But that’s not what He said. He said that ye shall die in your sins. He even repeated this fact for emphasis.
So that concludes this whole matter for me. (And I’m sure glad that I don’t follow any systematic theology, because if I did, I’d be trying to make scripture fit their mold).
Thank you very much Jesus for answering my questions!
God bless His saints.