There are people of all ages including unborn babies, infants, young children, teenagers, young adults, mature adults and seniors who have never had the mental capacity or maturity to choose right from wrong. They may have never developed to the point where they have the mental condition needed for understanding, accountability and responsibility for the things of God. They simply are not able to comprehend the saving gospel message with their state of mind. However, I believe that God in His infinite wisdom has provided for them.
Several scriptures provide us with insight concerning that very theme referring to babies and children, but those scriptures most likely would apply to the others as well.
Isa. 7:16 Before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right....
Deut. 1:39 Children who do not yet know good from bad, they will enter the Land.
2 Sam. 12:23 David, King of Israel, said concerning his baby son, who had died: “But now he is dead, can I bring him back again? I shall go to him”. David had said that he himself would
dwell in the House of the Lord forever (Psm. 23:6) and his baby would also be there with him.
Matt. 18:3, Luke 18:17 Unless you become like little children, you will not enter the kingdom of Heaven.
Matt. 18:10 Don’t despise the little ones for in Heaven their angels always see the face of the Father.
Matt. 19:14, Mark 10:14 Let the little children come to Me, do not hinder them for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
All babies in the womb, infants, small children and all others who had never come to that condition of understanding and accountability regarding the Gospel message will instantly be carried away into the arms of Jesus either at the moment of their death or when the rapture happens. If the rapture were to happen first, then I believe that every unsaved pregnant woman’s womb will be empty! What heartbreak that will be for those parents left behind! That’s just another way the tribulation will be a hell on earth for unbelievers during that horrible time.
For those who have lived beyond that age or condition of understanding and accountability, but later in their life through illness or accident somehow lost the ability to comprehend, their fate will be different. Their eternal future will be determined not by whether they had been nice people, or church members, or whether they had done good things, or were baptized, but only what they had done with Jesus during the time they were mentally capable. If they had never truly repented and accepted Him as Savior and Lord of their life as the Bible clearly teaches, then sadly they will never see the kingdom of Heaven.
Many believe that if infants have not been baptized, they will be lost if they should die. There is no teaching anywhere in scripture that supports that belief. Salvation is simply not dependent on baptism. Baptism is only a public profession or testimony of one’s faith as taught by our Lord.
Also, there are those who believe that if the parents are true born again believers, the child will automatically go to Heaven if it should die before reaching an age of understanding. Conversely, some believe if the parents were not believers, the child would also be lost. Nowhere in the gospel message does it teach that anyone’s eternal salvation is dependent on the belief or actions of another.
Where we spend eternity is clearly a personal, conscious and deliberate choice we all must make during this life. No one can make that choice for us. To simply not choose is your choice to reject His message. If you have never truly met Jesus at the cross in humble repentance and invited Him into your heart and life, please do it today. Your ability to understand, comprehend, and even your very life, could end for you tomorrow. Then, it would be too late for you for all of eternity.