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The Development of the Doctrine of Infant Salvation
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Two Studies in the History of Doctrine
Benjamin B. The Crucifixion of the Warrior God. See All Customer Reviews. Shop Books. Read an excerpt of this book! Add to Wishlist. USD 0. Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Explore Now. Buy As Gift. Overview A brief history of the doctrine of infant salvation from the church fathers to modern times.
A classic reformed text on infant salvation and much more. From the introduction: "The task which we set before us in this brief paper is not to unravel the history of opinion as to the salvation of infants dying in infancy, but the much more circumscribed one of tracing the development of doctrine on this subject. We hope to show that there has been a doctrine as to the salvation of infants common to all ages of the Church; but that there has also been in this, as in other doctrines, a progressive correction of crudities in its conception, by which the true meaning and relations of the common teaching have been freed from deforming accretions and its permanent core brought to purer expression.
Product Details. Average Review. Write a Review. Related Searches. Catena Aurea Vol. He testified of the Redeemer and of the first resurrection, or the resurrection of the just. These are they who will be exalted, or who will receive eternal life, which is living with God. Even though Book of Mormon people had the words of King Benjamin and Abinadi available to them, it appears that some disputed about infant baptism. And now, my son, I desire that ye should labor diligently, that this gross error should be removed from among you. Listen to the words of Christ, your Redeemer, your Lord and your God.
Little children are whole, for they are not capable of committing sin; wherefore the curse of Adam is taken from them in me, that it hath no power over them; and the law of circumcision is done away in me. But little children are alive in Christ, even from the foundation of the world;. Little children cannot repent; wherefore, it is awful wickedness to deny the pure mercies of God unto them, for they are all alive in him because of his mercy.
And he that saith that little children need baptism denieth the mercies of Christ, and setteth at naught the atonement of him and the power of his redemption. For behold that all little children are alive in Christ, and also all they that are without the law.
For the power of redemption cometh on all them that have no law; wherefore, he that is not condemned, or he that is under no condemnation, cannot repent; and unto such baptism availeth nothing—. But it is mockery before God, denying the mercies of Christ, and the power of his Holy Spirit, and putting trust in dead works. Moroni —6, 8—9, 11—12, 17, 19—20, 22— True doctrine was now restored. The words of Mormon are consistent with those of King Benjamin.
We learn that little children are not capable of committing sin ; that original sin is removed through the atoning sacrifice ; that children should be baptized when they are accountable for their actions ; that all little children are alive in Christ ; and that infant baptism is a solemn mockery before God and denies the tender mercies of Christ Having translated the Book of Mormon, the Prophet went to work on restoring lost scripture in the Bible.
Abraham, like Mormon, fought against the practice of infant baptism. Furthermore, he knew the age of accountability. The age of accountability and the age for children to be baptized was now deeply rooted in the mind and heart of the Prophet of the Restoration. For at least 3, years the Lord has spoken directly to man about the fate of children after death. He spoke to Abraham in about B.
He taught King Benjamin about this doctrine in B. Between A. But where will these precious ones reside? From a truly remarkable vision, Joseph Smith described the place of highest redemption, the celestial kingdom, and some of its inhabitants. This truth was revealed again—children are saved, not just in a mysterious heavenly place but in the celestial kingdom! Armed with the good news of the restored gospel, the Prophet preached at several funerals and ministered to his faithful friends. Eleven years had passed since the death of their adopted son, one-year-old Joseph Smith Murdock. During that time, Joseph and Emma lost other children.
They would lose yet another to stillbirth. Nine months before the stillborn son was delivered, the Prophet delivered a Sabbath day address in Nauvoo. In the sermon he spoke to the parents of deceased three-year-old toddler Marian Lyon, explaining why some children die in infancy. In my leisure moments I have meditated upon the subject, and asked the question, why it is that infants, innocent children, are taken away from us, especially those that seem to be the most intelligent and interesting.
The Development of the Doctrine of Infant Salvation
In the earlier ages of the world a righteous man, and a man of God and of intelligence, had a better chance to do good, to be believed and received than at the present day: but in these days such a man is much opposed and persecuted by most of the inhabitants of the earth, and he has much sorrow to pass through here. The Lord takes many away, even in infancy, that they may escape the envy of man, and the sorrows and evils of this present world; they were too pure, too lovely, to live on earth; therefore, if rightly considered, instead of mourning we have reason to rejoice as they are delivered from evil, and we shall soon have them again.
Mothers, you shall have your children; for they shall have eternal life, for their debt is paid. There is no damnation awaiting them for they are in the spirit. But as the child dies, so shall it rise from the dead, and be forever living in the learning of God. Sister Isabella Horne reported that she witnessed the Prophet ministering to the wife of John Taylor, a future president of the Church.
In conversation with the Prophet Joseph Smith once in Nauvoo, the subject of children in the resurrection was broached. She had just lost one of her children, and I had also lost one previously. The Prophet wanted to comfort us, and he told us that we should receive those children in the morning of the resurrection just as we laid them down, in purity and innocence, and we should nourish and care for them as their mothers. He said that children would be raised in the resurrection just as they were laid down, and that they would obtain all the intelligence necessary to occupy thrones, principalities and powers.
The idea that I got from what he said was that the children would grow and develop in the Millennium, and that the mothers would have the pleasure of training and caring for them, which they had been deprived of in this life. The doctrine that little children inherit salvation stretches from eternity to eternity. This truth lived in the days of Adam, and it is true today. True principles find application across generations of time. Mike Stanley was a high-school-aged intern who worked at a hospital in Provo, Utah, in He relates an experience that demonstrates the stark, contrasting realities of those who have the blessings of restored truth and those who are deprived of them.
One afternoon an infant was rushed into the emergency room. Unfortunately, the child had already passed away as a victim of sudden infant death syndrome SIDS. The parents came in to view the body of their baby. Their grief was obvious and justified. A dark and gloomy feeling prevailed in the hospital room. They chatted first at the bedside and then in a nearby conference room for a lengthy period of time. The weeping continued, and the family was inconsolable.
As I pondered the events, I realized why they were so distraught. According to their understanding, because the child had not been baptized, he was now a child of the devil. Their hopes and dreams for their baby would be left unfulfilled not only in this life but also in the life beyond. Later the same day, another infant was brought into the emergency room. A similar scene unfolded. This child, also a victim of SIDS, was pronounced dead by the attending physician. The parents were brought into the room.
Tears of grief accompanied sorrow. But even in that moment of tragedy, theirs was a feeling not limited to loss but also of hope and light. The feeling was not tangible but was vividly real and comforting, especially when contrasted with the earlier events of the day. I do not know or recall the content of their conversations with this priesthood leader. I do know, however, that the feeling in the room was vastly different than what I had witnessed before, for theirs was an understanding of a merciful plan. Even as a teenager, I recognized the comforting spirit that can accompany and console the aching heart.
Family bonds stretch and grow far beyond death.