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If an infant dies before or during birth, does it go to heaven?

There is no definitive Bible verse that indicates the answer to this, but most our reasoning points to YES.

After David had an illicit affair with Bathsheba, the child born of their sexual union died. David mourned the child’s death, then spoke these words to his servants.

But now that he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.” 2 Samuel 12:23

David, a wise man with a good relationship with God, knew that his child would be where he was going to go. We assume David’s destination was heaven, so by this statement he indicates that his infant child would be in heaven too.

Another clue seems to be a statement made by Jesus.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”  Matthew 19:14

            Is Jesus saying all children get into heaven?  Well, we don’t know the ages of the children exactly that were around him, but this passage certainly shows Jesus’ love and passion for kids.  It shows that he loves to be around kids and appreciates their child-like faith.  He says heaven belongs to little ones like this.

The final reason is simply that God is a just God. How can God punish a child for not choosing to follow him while the child’s brain functions are still developing? An unborn baby cannot rebel if it can’t reason. Even David’s child “born of sin” seems to get a pass to heaven.

On judgment day, an infant could not give any answer for their sins or be held responsible for their actions so why would God punish them?