Carol | January 27, 2011
During almost every discussion of abortion I witness among believers, I hear them comfort and reassure themselves with the assertion that “Well, it’s a terrible thing, but at least the babies are going to Heaven.” That is such a well-established, main-stream belief. How could a wonderful, loving and just God ever send an innocent little baby to hell?
I don’t know the answer. I am not going to argue either way, but I am not convinced that we honestly know the answer for certain.
Do babies (including the unborn and aborted) go to Heaven when they die? What will happen to a community of people, stranded on an island, who have never heard of Christ?
Well, hell is what we all deserve. It is only by the grace of God that any of us are spared.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 (KJV)
How does God see us? Are we seen by our age? By our accountability? What about by our ability? How about our service? By our faith? Or are we seen as souls or spirits foreknown and predestined?
We were known before we were formed in the womb. BEFORE we were babies. BEFORE we were even unborn babies.
“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 (KJV)
A potter decides to create a masterpiece. He takes a great lump of clay, uniform throughout. Some of the clay is used to create the sculpture. Some is discarded. What is the difference between the clay that is used and the clay that is rejected? The used clay is that which the potter decides to draw to Himself and use for his glory. It is not because that clay is better or even different. The discarded clay is what He does not draw to Himself. It is His choice. Why was Jacob chosen and Esau rejected even before birth?
“(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will? Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?” Romans 9:11-21 (KJV)
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” Romans 8:28-30 (KJV)
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” Ephesians 1:3-6 (KJV)
Is there a difference between babies of believers and babies of non-believers? I believe so. I believe the little children of believers (both born and unborn) are part of the covenant.
“And he [David] said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” 2 Samuel 12:22-23 (KJV)
“But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.” Isaiah 64:8 (KJV)
(On a related note, I recall Billy Graham saying that he thinks only about 5% of the people who walked the aisle and said the prayer at his crusades actually became Christians. That sounds like the claims of walking the aisle and saying the correct prayer getting you to Heaven is a little misleading.)
My purpose in writing this is because I worry about the perhaps false assurance many people embrace in regard to abortion. I think this is one major reason why our culture continues to permit the slaughter of our unborn children.
As Christians, we are called to rescue the perishing.
“Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, ‘But we knew nothing about this,’ does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?” Proverbs 24:11,12 (NIV)
And, we also must remember to obey The Great Commission.
“Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15 (KJV)
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” Acts 16:31 (KJV)