Christianity.com: How should a pastor counsel someone who has lost a child at infancy or due to a miscarriage?-Mike McKinley

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  • 2012-01-10T00:01:21

Mr. McKinley made a good point from the first: we live in a broken world. One day, when ever, God will recreate the earth and the rest of the universe, flawless and free from sin and death. Until then, what the human race let in in our greed--sin and death--continue to rage through creation (any of us would have done what Adam and Eve did). They affect us not only through our personal sins, but also through the very natures of sin and death in which nature---animals and weather---are thrown off kilter, and innocent people die, including stillborn babies (I will not mention abortion here; that is another subject unto its self). As to the question of where these still-born infants are when they do not live through the birth-process: it might help to look at what the Bible has to say about man's accountability for sin and salvation from it Paul makes a point in Romans, chapter 2, that all people have God's Law hard-wired into their consciences by God Himself, people knowing world-wide and in a consistent manner the difference between right and wrong. But that supposes the ability to make conscious decisions and choices, something babies can not do, not withstanding that they are born with natures that will develop active sinfulness if not guided by God as Savior and Lord. God has always called for personal choice from people: to choose, to repent, to believe and trust. Accountability is a conscious act. I disagree strongly with some Apocryphal statements that infants are consigned to Purgatory, a mid-point between Heaven and Hell, since they were never baptized and they never claimed Jesus as their Savior and Lord. Such thinking is faulty, at best. Rather than go in that direction and instruct grieving parents to "submit to God's Will" concerning the child's supposed assignment to Purgatory, it might not hurt to search the Scriptures on this matter and realize that God only damns those who have rejected Him purposefully and repeatedly. Babies have no such ability, and are not accountable. If I may, I suggest that still-born babies are taken immediately into the Presence of God The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, not sent back in another life, and not banned from God's Presence, not even assigned the lower rank of angels; rather, they are to be in His Presence for all eternity in pure, perfect bodies that will never suffer or die any more. If it is any comfort to grieving parents who have lost infants to miscarriage or early death: these precious ones who have left the parents' presences are in the Presence of God for all eternity. Will these parents see their child again? Such children are in God's Presence irrevocably, and their parents can join them one day if they become innocent and trusting as little children and turn themselves over to God as their Savior and Lord.

  • 2012-01-09T21:18:47

Mr. McKinley made a good point from the first: we live in a broken world. One day, when ever, God will recreate the earth and the rest of the universe, flawless and free from sin and death. Until then, what the human race let in in our greed--sin and death--continue to rage through creation (any of us would have done what Adam and Eve did). They affect us not only through our personal sins, but also through the very natures of sin and death in which nature---animals and weather---are thrown off kilter, and innocent people die, including stillborn babies (I will not mention abortion here; that is another subject unto its self). As to the question of where these still-born infants are when they do not live through the birth-process: it might help to look at what the Bible has to say about man's accountability for sin and salvation from it Paul makes a point in Romans, chapter 2, that all people have God's Law hard-wired into their consciences by God Himself, people knowing world-wide and in a consistent manner the difference between right and wrong. But that supposes the ability to make conscious decisions and choices, something babies can not do, not withstanding that they are born with natures that will develop active sinfulness if not guided by God as Savior and Lord. God has always called for personal choice from people: to choose, to repent, to believe and trust. Accountability is a conscious act. I disagree strongly with some Apocryphal statements that infants are consigned to Purgatory, a mid-point between Heaven and Hell, since they were never baptized and they never claimed Jesus as their Savior and Lord. Such thinking is faulty, at best. Rather than go in that direction and instruct grieving parents to "submit to God's Will" concerning the child's supposed assignment to Purgatory, it might not hurt to search the Scriptures on this matter and realize that God only damns those who have rejected Him purposefully and repeatedly. Babies have no such ability, and are not accountable. If I may, I suggest that still-born babies are taken immediately into the Presence of God The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, not sent back in another life, and not banned from God's Presence, not even assigned the lower rank of angels; rather, they are to be in His Presence for all eternity in pure, perfect bodies that will never suffer or die any more. If it is any comfort to grieving parents who have lost infants to miscarriage or early death: these precious ones who have left the parents' presences are in the Presence of God for all eternity. Will these parents see their child again? Such children are in God's Presence irrevocably, and their parents can join them one day if they become innocent and trusting as little children and turn themselves over to God as their Savior and Lord.

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