Age of accountability for salvation
At what age is a child accountable for Salvation? Is there biblical proof
that all children go to heaven or is there an age limit when a child must
confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior in order to make heaven their
I do not think there is a fixed age of accountability. But I do
believe that every child comes to a time in his or her life when he
stops obeying his parents and says "no" to the inner voice of the
Spirit of God. I remember making that transition to self-centeredness
when I was about 5 or 6 years old.
The Jewish religion celebrates the Bar Mitzvah (Bat Mitzvah for
girls). When a boy is about 12 or so, and able to memorize part of
the Bible, a public ceremony is held where the boy makes a transition
to manhood. From that day on, his father is not considered
responsible for the sins of his son..
There is no absolute Biblical proof I know of that small children who
die go to haven, but most Bible scholars assume that. What Jesus did
teach about children strongly indicates the Father welcomes such
Luke 18:16 But Jesus called them to him, saying, "Let the children
come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom
Mark 10:13 And they were bringing children to him, that he might
touch them; and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw
it he was indignant, and said to them, "Let the children come to me,
do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God.
Matt. 18:3 and said, "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and
become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Matt. 19:13 Then children were brought to him that he might lay his
hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people; 14 but
Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for
to such belongs the kingdom of heaven."
Matt. 18:10 "See that you do not despise one of these little ones;
for I tell you that in heaven their angels always behold the face of
my Father who is in heaven.