The destiny of those unable to believe

Wisdomforlife

 images-99A number of years ago, a university student from our Church who worked in a home for children with profound mental disability asked me about, “the eternal salvation of those with severe mental handicaps.”
  • “How much can they understand about their need for forgiveness and salvation?”
  • ”Will God hold them accountable for the things they don’t understand?”

Expressing heartfelt concern, she said, “I love these children and hope they will go to heaven when they pass away.”

Her concern is also close to my heart. I had a cousin with similar problems whom I loved and spent considerable time with. When he passed away, I reflected on this question.

It’s also a matter of deep pastoral significance because it applies to babies and young children who died before being able to exercise faith.

A number of answers have been suggested.

  1. Those who believe in the universal salvation of humanity…

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