Will Babies Be Saved?
There is no clear answer in the Bible, but I believe if we look carefully at the principles of the gospel we can come to a reasonable conclusion.
First of all, God wants to save all whom he can possibly save, he is not willing that any should perish.
Babies are among those who cannot make a choice and who cannot exercise faith.
They did not ask to be born and they are not able to choose to be born again.
There are two factors to consider:
1. Does God have the LEGAL right to save babies?
2. How could God save those who were never born again?
Legally, the inheritance of Adam condemned all men to separation from God, but on the other hand, all men have been legally reconciled to God by the death of his Son (Rom 5:10; 2 Cor 5:19).
This includes babies. If a person is conscious and intelligent enough to make a choice and to exercise faith, then he must choose Christ and must believe in him in order to receive the new life which Christ offers. However, if a person dies before he is intelligent enough to make that choice, then his life legally belongs to the second Adam. Grace is greater than sin.
But what about the carnal nature? How can a person (even a baby) be saved if he has a carnal nature? I believe that in the resurrection, the life of Christ will be imparted to those babies, they will not be resurrected with a carnal nature, even though they died with one.
15 Then they also brought infants to Him that He might touch them; but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. 17 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”
(Source: David Clayton from Restoration Ministry)