Recently a person asked me this question:
“Where do ‘miscarried’ babies go when they die?”
Thought provoking question to say the least.
First, let’s approach this question with some truth about how God feels about children in the first place . . .
And they were bringing children to Him (Jesus) so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. “Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them. NASU (Mark 10:13-16)
Wow! Seems clear that children in general have a special place in God’s heart, doesn’t it? So what about the death of one of these little ones? A similar question is “Where do ‘aborted’ babies go?”
In the past, scholars have debated this question for centuries, and I imagine they will continue to do so in the centuries to come.
Foundational to this question is the fact that one of the attributes or qualities of God is that He is a Fair and Just God. (see Job 5:1ff )
Foundational to this question is also the fact that children are very “believing” in their acceptance of life experiences and people. That’s what Jesus is inferring when He said, “. . . whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.”
The best example of where infants go in death is shared with us by the “man after God’s own heart,” David, in 2 Samuel 12:15-23. David is speaking to his servants in the last verse of this passage when he said, “But now he (baby) has died; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.” NASU
Some argue that the reference to “go to him” is the grave. In other words, one day I will die too and go to the grave like he just did. I’m not sure that is what David had in mind when he said those words. I think they were words of the hope and expectation that David would be with and see his infant child again when he passes from this life to the next.