What if your loved one is too young to understand Christ. Will they be saved?

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Speaker 1

It. So Emmy is asking, what if your loved one is too young to understand Christ? Like two or three, will they be saved?

Speaker 2

Hey, Emmy, this is an excellent question. So there’s multiple ways that we can approach it. But first, let’s look at Exodus 32 33. And this is something we were just was talking about, in fact, about how Moses was talking about, don’t blot me out of or Lord, be willing to blot me out of your book of life if it would mean sparing the people of Israel. And God wrote back, or said back to Moses in Exodus 32 33, he said, whoever has sinned against me, so whoever has sinned against me, I will blot him out of my book. So the important concept here is God doesn’t punish us for the sins of our parents. I mean, there’s a Bible verse, in fact, directly against that or saying that, and it’s repeated throughout, throughout when we sin, it’s our sins. It’s not our sinfulness, it’s our sins that we are judged and affect us. And ultimately, sin is the opposite of love. Sin is not embracing love, refusing to have a relationship with God. So, yeah, a child, they might not know Jesus yet, they’re just getting to know him, just getting to understand God. God’s just working on their heart, being their conscience, and they’re either listening and obeying or they are rebelling and who knows?

Speaker 2

But Jesus understands. God knows kids are still learning and gives them different slack. And we’ll look at some other verses confirming that if we go to First Kings 412 to 13, this is an interesting verse where it does show that God still is looking down into the hearts of children and seeing good in them. This was a very interesting verse. First Kings 14, verse twelve. It says, Arise, therefore, go to your own house when your feet enter the city. So this is a prophet speaking to a parent. When your feet enter the city, the child shall die, and all Israel shall mourn for him and bury him, for he is the only one of Jeroboam, the king’s son, who shall come to the grave, because in him there is found something good towards the Lord God of Israel in the house of Jeroboam. And you’re thinking, wait, isn’t that bad? God said this kid’s going to die. But the idea is God was going to let this child die and he would be given a normal good burial and then the rest of the role of family was going to be brutally slaughtered. So God says, because I actually love this kid, and this kid seems to I mean, the wording here is interesting.

Speaker 2

I found good toward the Lord God. So God knew the heart of this child. There seemed to be the beginning of a relationship there, and God spared that child and sort of indicates we might see that child in heaven someday. But then Hebrews 1124 seems to suggest there are different levels of culpability, of guilt and the older you get, the more it’s expected of you. And this is today. The age 18 is a big age, right? When now you could do a lot more and then 21, now you could do even more. And they sort of had similar concepts like that even back in ancient days. For example, Hebrews 1124, it says, by faith, Moses, when he became of age, when Moses became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. Moses at some point couldn’t decide whether or not he wanted to be the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. And then he reached an age where he’s an adult and he could decide whether or not to accept that. We see in mean, one of the most tragic sins ever committed was by the Israelite people sort of rejecting God and having a lack of faith when they were right there at the promised Land, ready to go in.

Speaker 2

And because of their unfaith, god condemned an entire generation. So how did God draw the lines between who could go in and who didn’t? We see this in Exodus 3014. It says, all who cross over those 20 years old or more are to give an offering to the Lord. Sorry, the different verse, but they are still God signifying. Adults are at 20 years or older. And then after this sin, numbers 818, it says, and they called the whole community together. On the first day of the second month, the people registered their ancestry by the clans and families. The men 20 years old or more were listed by name. Numbers 1429 says, in the wilderness your bodies will fall. Okay, this is verse I was looking for. In the wilderness your bodies will fall. Every one of you 20 years old or more, who was counted in the census and who has grumbled against me. So they had done a census, they only counted people over 20. Those were the adults and people 19 below, your kids, your kids, you’re not yet counted. And so it was accounted adults were the ones that were condemned because of the grumbling and didn’t enter the Promised Land.

Speaker 2

Now, God, I don’t think really draws arbitrary lines all the time. It’s not like, okay, now you’re 20, now you’re really going to be held accountable for your sins. I believe even younger than that we can be. But God has multiple tiers different approaches for judging our guilt. You see, in Romans twelve sorry, 212. Romans 212, it says, for as many who have sinned without law will perish without law, and as many have sinned in the law will be judged by the law. So people who never knew Jesus never have heard his commandments. They’re not going to be judged if they kept the Ten Commandments that they never heard, or they’re not going to be held to know Jesus that they never heard about God. Is quite fair on this. And Acts 1730 says, truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent. So if someone like on an individual basis, again, if someone was totally ignorant of God, god’s not going to hold them to account of that ignorance. If it’s just because they’re young, it wasn’t their fault. They’re still growing and their brain is still adapting.

Speaker 2

God’s not going to hold somebody to something they can’t help. And Luke 1248 Jesus says, but he who did not know yet committed things, deserving of strife, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required, and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more. And so people who know more, who have experienced more, let’s say someone grows up in a Christian home, might be held to a higher standard than someone who didn’t who didn’t know what God was saying. And then we go to Mark 935 to 37. We’re getting a picture of how Jesus thinks of kids, his disposition towards them. It says, and he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, if anyone desires to be first, he shall be the last of all the servants and be the servant of all. Then he took a little child and set him in the midst of them. And when he had taken him in his arms, he said to them, whoever receives one of these little children in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives not me, but him who sent me.

Speaker 2

So Jesus saying, Be like kids, be like them. And there’s that aspect of kids are vulnerable, they aren’t in control. They were especially back then, really looked down upon in society. So there’s those elements there, too. So God was very sympathetic for their situation. But there’s another aspect of kids that Jesus really liked. And this is Mark 1013 to 15. Jesus said, then they brought little children to him that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But Jesus saw it. He was greatly displeased and said to them, let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them, for of such is the kingdom of God assuredly. I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it. We talk about the faith of a child. And what is that faith like? If you say something, the kid believes it. Mom, dad, why are the trees this way? Why are flowers this color? Why this? Why that? And then whatever answer the parent gives, the child just takes it in. It’s like that’s the fact that’s the way it is.

Speaker 2

And this really was the way God wanted us to be in a sin free world. We’re supposed to be able to just take people at the Word and take Jesus. And God at his word. And it’s only through life as we know it right now that over the years we grow criticism and critical thinking. And I’m not saying these are bad things. There are natural responses that we need in this world where there’s lies and deception all around us. And then when we get the Bible, we take that critical lens and then apply it to that and then to God’s promises and then really doubting God and distrusting and God’s saying, no, we need to be like the children. And if a child has been lied to their entire life, if a child is being told totally different story, being told wrong things by the parents and then of believing it like a child should, god is going to be understanding and I believe, cut them some slack. So we know God is going to be fair. He’s the fairest judge. He wants everybody to be saved. He’s not the one trying to keep us out.

Speaker 2

Satan is the accuser. Satan is the one that wants us to perish with Him. And God is the advocate and will make sure that those who will be a great fit in heaven will be there with Him. So hope that is helpful and thank you for asking. And Tina, anything you would want to add?

Speaker 1

Yeah, just really quick, I had the verse up and I don’t have it up but it’s totally I totally get this question. I have a very young one as well, that’s just my baby girl. And I’ve thought, what age is this child accountable? And I always think of this verse talking about how just because your kid isn’t of age yet, the child is covered by the parent. And there’s this verse in one Corinthians 714, I don’t think I heard you say it. So just putting it out there because it’s something that I’ve kind of held onto. In my case it says for the UN, just the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife if the wife is believing and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband. If the wife was unbelieving, it says else were your children unclean, but now they are holy. So if the parent of this child is a believer, is a Christian, they are covered by their parents belief. And so if say to have the protection of God over your home, it would be still standing because the believing parent would cover that family. And so if there’s one believer in your family, that family in is a sense covered until they’re able to make their own decision for Christ or not.

Speaker 1

And so I wouldn’t fear or worry too much because if you’re a believer, then your children are covered under you and under your faith until they come of age to their own time where they can make their own. Yeah, and God is just he’s not out to hurt our kids. He wants to save them, he loves them. Jesus says suffer the children to come unto me and forbid them not for of such as the kingdom of heaven. God loves children and he definitely wants every child in his kingdom for.

Speaker 2

And I know what you just said, there is a common interpretation understanding of the verse, though I have to say, I think my understanding of it would be that the parent, by being a great representative of God, they will have a sanctifying effect. God living through them will have a sanctifying effect and will be helping the child to know God and understand God and desire relationship with God and be like that child of Jeroboam who seemed to have some sort of relationship going there even despite having the most wicked of parents. Yeah.

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