Q. Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” This verse is used to prove that one must be born again to see the Kingdom. But does it not also mean that one must be born the first time? If this is correct, doesn’t it mean that aborted babies are not in heaven?
A. The Bible says all little children have eternal life until they reach the age of accountability (Romans 7:9). Therefore, I believe Jesus was only referring to those who’ve already reached that age in saying we have to be born again.
This is confirmed by the fact that He said adults have to change and become like little children to enter the Kingdom (Matt. 18:3). Becoming like little children means getting back to a position where we’re not accountable for our sins.
Being born again does that for us. After He was born again, Paul said, “Now, if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it” (Romans 7:20).
When we’re born again, God separates the believer from the behavior. From His perspective we’re a new creation, with the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:17,21) and our sins are no longer counted against us. We’ve become like little children again.
I think the Bible is pretty clear in stating that life begins at conception (Psalm 139:13, Jeremiah 1:4-5). And like other children, pre-born babies have no sins for which atonement must be made.
Therefore I believe the spirits of all aborted babies go directly from their mothers’ wombs into the arms of God and are in Heaven awaiting the resurrection.