“Then they also brought infants to Him…”– Luke 18:15
Jesus spoke many times regarding the error of trusting in your own self-righteousness and works to obtain eternal life. He confirms this teaching by using the example of infants. The word used for infants in the Scripture also refers to the unborn. Jesus said that the kingdom belongs to those such as little children. Therefore it confirms salvation is not merit-based. Those who know they cannot earn it are those who will receive it.
The Bible tells us we are all born into sin. This is “original sin.” We are not sinners because we sin. We sin because we are sinners. It is in our nature, and it is a constant battle for every Christian. However, there is an age of accountability, and children who have no understanding of God’s law cannot be held guilty by it. These are the “innocents” that have no awareness of good and evil (Deuteronomy 1:39). Those children who never reach that age of understanding, which is different for each person, are under God’s care and grace.
The judgment came on God’s chosen people because they filled the land with the “blood of the innocents” (Jeremiah 19:4-5). They killed their own children by offering them as a sacrifice to Molech, a man-made god. When any nation or people begin deciding if an innocent life should live or die, they have also set up their own idol in God’s rightful place. And, if judgment came to the Lord’s chosen people, how much more to the Gentile nations today? The blood of the innocents will not go unpunished, and our country is not exempt. We have allowed evilness in our land that many of us do not even realize we may be contributing to. The policies and laws that would enable innocent blood to be shed will be judged, and those who allow them will be held accountable. It is time for our nation and her people to repent!
“Because they have forsaken Me and made this an alien place, because they have burned incense in it to other gods whom neither they, their fathers, nor the kings of Judah have known, and have filled this place with the blood of the innocents (they have also built the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings to Baal, which I did not command or speak, nor did it come into My mind).”– Jeremiah 19:4-5