Dear brethren in Christ,
Thanks for your responses, but I want to hear more on this subject from the scripture.
I believe, these verses Mathew 18:1-6, speaks about the the importance of humility. Matthew 18:1-6 and 19:13-14 is where Jesus uses children as teaching aids to communicate principles of humility, lovableness, faith, innocence etc to his disciples and also assuring them that unless they were converted and made like little children, they could not enter his kingdom.
These passages cannot be used with any authority for this subject because the age of the children is not specified, and because Jesus is not saying that the children are saved, but simply that the kingdom of God must be received as with a child like perspective.
And regarding 2 Samuel 12 there is not enough scriptural support here for the doctrine that children who die go to heaven. It may certainly includes our grief following the death of a loved one and if we read the entire passage, we can see that it plainly deals with God’s judgment on sin.
I too would like to believe that all children who die go to heaven. It is completely with the Lord’s power to do this. It is true that this is a subject for which we should not be adamant or dogmatic. We can say that God ALWAYS does what is right. We are certain that God is loving, holy, merciful, and gracious and He cares for young children and those who are mentally handicapped, since they were not mentally capable of understanding their sinful state and their need for the Savior. We can conlcude that whatever He does, it is ALWAYS right and good.
But whenever we hear some statements like "We are all accountable by birth not by age. And if some were not accountable, then none would be accountable" and "Nothing has been mentioned in the Bible about any particular age as a "cut off" point", we should have the answer to prove that what we believe is right.
Hope to hear from you more on this subject....
Yours in Him,