In light of the 41st Anniversary of Roe v Wade, and the 56 million babies that have been murdered during that time, it seems fairly natural to ask what happens to baby boys and girls when their life is aborted. As a Biblical-Calvinist-Reformed-Presbyterian-Predestinarian-Total Depravity Believing Christian, the first answer that comes to mind is, “I do not know for sure. Those are the secret things that belong to God,” as Deuteronomy 29:29 states: The secret things belong to the Lord our God....That is true enough, but then the next part of that verse declares, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law. So what does God’s word further reveal? In Romans 5 Paul says, where sin increased, grace abounded all the more. I know there is a context in which that verse is given, but I simply want us to consider the nature and character of God that underlies those words. God’s favor, His grace is greater than sin. And that being true, then can we not rightly have the expectation that in the awful increase of sin that is abortion, that grace abounds more still? Surely God’s forgiving grace in the Lord Jesus Christ has come to those who are repentant of their participation in abortion in some form or fashion. If there is grace for those who knowingly murdered, can we not also conclude that there is grace for the tiny victims of murder? Now, understand and remember that I am a proponent of the doctrine of total depravity. I believe Psalm 51:5 is true. I also believe Psalm 139:13-16, and I believe that the Holy Spirit can be at work in the womb (cf. Isaiah 44:2; Jeremiah 1:5; Job 10:11; Matthew 1:18), though I can hardly explain it. So, to ask the question again, “Do aborted baby boys and girls go to heaven?” I do not know for sure, but I would not be surprised if they did, because there is a wideness to God’s mercy, for where sin increases, grace abounds all the more.
Commenting on John 11:1-6, J.C. Ryle states,
The children of God must constantly school their minds to learn the great lesson now before us. Nothing so helps us to bear patiently the trials of life as an abiding conviction of the perfect wisdom by which everything around us is managed. Let us try to believe not only that all that happens to us is well done, but that it is done in the best manner, by the right instrument, and at the right time.
Pretty cool. A student’s answer in relation to John 10:15: “I lay down my life for the sheep” referenced Abel as tending flocks. I don’t think I’ve ever thought about Abel in Good Shepherd terms before, but it certainly makes sense. He was also a shepherd who laid down his life, though not willingly. Jesus is the Greater Abel, and not only in the terms conveyed in Hebrews 12:24. Cain murders Abel his brother. Jesus is put to death by his “brothers,” the Jews, via the Romans. BUT the significant difference is articulated by Jesus in John 10:17-18: For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.