Are there any babies or old people in Heaven, and if not where are the scriptures to back it up? I asked this in my Church, but no scriptures were given to back up what they told me.
Thank you for your question. Yes, this theological issue has been debated for centuries. Some point to scriptures like Romans 5:12 which tells us that every person is born with imputed sin in his flesh; and, John 3:16, Galatians 2:16, and Ephesians 2:8-9 which tell us that we must each accept Jesus Christ through faith in order to receive eternal life. Although these scriptures teach us necessary truths, the Scriptures also seem to teach us about a special grace that God extends to infants and others that have not yet reached an age or stage of accountability. Fortunately, I believe that there is one specific and very definitive passage about this.
In 2 Samuel 12:22-23, King David had been mourning the death of his newborn son. He said, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, ‘Who knows? The LORD may be gracious to me and let the child live.’ But now that he is dead, why should I go on fasting? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.”
When David says, “… I will go to him …,” he is referring to the event of his own death (as a believer) at some point in the future. When he dies, he will immediately be in God’s presence in Heaven, so this must be where his son already is.
We can also infer from this that when a believer dies, he will be able to see all other believers (who have died) in heaven, including those who died as infants, and those who died in old age. However, it’s difficult for us to imagine the concept of age in heaven, since it’s an eternal state that is not bound to space or time.
I hope this makes sense. If not, please let me know. .
Love in Christ,