Q. My wife and I were talking about the differences in her family between her three siblings and herself. I recalled that my mother lost at least three babies in miscarriages before I was born, and one following my birth. My wife and I also had a miscarried baby lost early in our marriage. We have always believed that we would see our unborn baby once we get to heaven.
Is there reason to believe this is true? If so, will I be reunited with my siblings once in heaven? What will they be like? I am a middle aged man now. Will they be adults or babies? Or will we all be ageless?
Also, a good friend of mine lost his 5 year old in a terrible accident. However, he and his family are Mormons. His child was taught in the Mormon tradition until his death at 5 years old. Will that child be in heaven? Same goes for many, many little children who die before the so called age of accountability.
I appreciate you taking the time to answer this question.
A. You have several questions here. The first concerns the origin of life. The Biblical view is that life begins at conception (Psalm 139:13-16) That being the case you’ll see your siblings and your unborn child in Heaven, along with all other miscarried babies and the 40 million aborted babies this world has discarded. As far as what ages we’ll be, I’ve always leaned toward the ageless idea for our resurrection bodies because 1 Cor. 15:53 says that they’ll be imperishable, meaning that they won’t age or deteriorate.
Your Mormon friend’s child, being only 5 at the time of his death, was well below the age of accountability and therefore belonged to God regardless of his parents’ beliefs. He’ll be in Heaven, too, as will all the others who died as young children, or who never developed the mental capacity to determine right from wrong.