“Not guilty of any crime, or offense;” “free from all moral wrong;” “pure;” and “a person involved by chance, especially as a victim.”
Does this even begin to define the innocence of a young child, let alone a baby who is aborted?
How about “sinless?”
Throughout history, theologians have struggled with the death of innocent children.
The Catholic Church, which believes that salvation is imparted via infant baptism to erase original sin, was stumped with what to do with babies either aborted or who had died before infant baptism.
Certainly, it would be perceived as unloving to state they went to hell. On the other hand, how could you teach infant baptism and yet allow for exceptions to the rule?
In addition to Heaven, Catholic theologians taught four eternal destinations:
- Hell, where those who died with mortal sin(s) are condemned forever;
- Purgatory, where those with venial sins, and ultimately destined for Heaven can undergo purification, (or whose earthly family and friends could pay for indulgences) so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter Heaven;
- Limbo of the Fathers and Patriarch, for those who were friends of Jesus but who died prior to Christ’s resurrection and the opening of Heaven; and
- Limbo for Babies, who were born with original sin but died before baptism.
Although “limbo” wasn’t hell, it was on the edge of hell, and it was a place of permanence, at least for the babies.
Fortunately, for the many stuck in limbo, Pope Benedict XVI authorized the publication of a document entitled “The Hope of Salvation for Infants Who Die Without Being Baptised”
And just like that, Limbo was no more.
The Bible and Innocence
There is no question that God is a just God.
Psalm 89:14 declares “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;…”
There is also no question that mankind is born with the sin of Adam and the sentence of eternal death, as Romans 5:12 states “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people,…”
But, unlike false religions, God does not need to create a diversion to justify the salvation of innocence.
Biblical salvation is both elected and pre-ordained whereby Ephesians 1:4-5 states “For He chose us in him before the creation of the world, to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love, He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will…”
Beyond that, the Bible speaks directly of innocence also.
In Psalm 106:38 it states “They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan…”
And in Mark 10:14 Jesus says “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”
It is clear then, that Heaven is populated with the souls of aborted babies and children in innocence.
Hope for women who abort
The forgiveness offered anyone who sins is more than could be fathomed.
But, those forgiven for the sin of abortion will be met with multiple benefits.
God will forgive those who repent and declare Jesus as the Lord and Savior of their life and they shall be Children of God and inherit eternal salvation.
That alone is wonderous.
Additionally, they will be reunited with their child.
What a glorious and eternal reunion that will be.
Finally, Revelation 21:4 says “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.”
In other words, neither the mom nor the child will blame each other or hold any remorse or even remote ill will. There will be “no more mourning, or crying or pain…”
It can’t get any better than that.
Now is the time to ask for forgiveness and faith!