My main issue is that the argument rests on a particular assumption, that any child that dies before the ‘age of discernment’ will get an automatic pass into heaven. Since the Bible is basically silent on this issue, assuming for the sake of the argument that all children that die go to heaven will lead potentially to a false conclusion. That’s why I think the argument itself is ridiculous, since the assumption is not a given. But how many Christians really understand that?
The real problem is that we don’t truly know if an aborted baby would necessarily go straight to heaven. As Sam pointed out in his item #1 above, we don’t have 100% assurance that a baby or a child that dies before what many Christians refer to as the ‘age of discernment’ will go to heaven. The Bible doesn’t teach this doctrine, but many arrive at this conclusion by inference. If you look at 2 Samuel 12:23, you probably get closest to any kind of answer as David, considering his dead child, notes that “I will go to him, but he will not return to me.” Many assume, and teach, that David knows that his child is in heaven, and they will be reunited some day. I’ve heard many people use this as a confirmation of children going to heaven when they die, but that may be drawing too much of a conclusion from a single passage. Even if this passage is an assurance that David will be reunited with his child in heaven, it can only be said it is an assurance for David, not for all people. I, for one certainly hope that assurance is true for all, but I have to say I just don’t know.
What we do know, and can be certain of, is that the soul of a dead child is in God’s hands. What he chooses to do from there is entirely up to him. Coming from the Reformed position, I have to look at Romans 9 and give consideration to the idea that God has mercy on who he will have mercy, so it’s not up to man, but God to decide. Some vessels are created for mercy, some for wrath. Romans 9 also tells us that God decided the fate of Jacob and Esau before they were born.I like to think that all children who die would get a free pass, but since the Bible doesn’t clearly teach that doctrine, we’re left with a grey area that is up to our interpretation. I don’t want to turn this question into a debate of Reformed versus Arminian points of view, but it’s something that may have to be considered if the original question were to lead in that direction.
So, have they ‘taken the roof off’ of our belief? An unprepared Christian in this discussion may find themselves disarmed. For a properly prepared Christian, it doesn’t have to be so. Either way, depending on how you answer this argument, you’ll probably have a hard time making head-way with someone who would ask this.