Interesting response. I like that he points it all to Christ. I would probably go further and think that all infants who die are of the elect. I understand that when a sinner is saved it shows God's incredible mercy to the universe and when a sinner burns in hell it shows God's incredible justice to the universe. These both bring glory to God which is the chief end of man. I don't see how an infant dying and going to hell, who has not yet seen the proof of natural revelation that condemns him (aka Romans 1) would bring glory to God. Perhaps it does in a way I can't understand but I would guess that Christ payment will be applied to all infants as He is a loving father and that seems to be a natural path for it to go. I am not saying that infants are without original sin, but that God elects them and applies the blood sacrifice to them in the womb. Totally guessing tho.
I dont think you can prove its not. I know its what John Piper believes, I heard him talk on it once and felt it was well defended.
Ps, there is no way Piper would say muster up belief, now I'm positive you are misunderstanding. the dude believes in dbl predestination, c'mon.
There is no direct passage that says this or that but consider the following and I think we can safely say that infants who die will spend eternity with Jesus in heaven:
1. The Lord Jesus died for all of Adam's race, including every infant that has ever been born.
2. A person is condemned for rejecting Jesus Christ and refusing to believe in him (John 3:18). An infant is incapable of rejecting Jesus Christ.
This really is out of context and doesn't seem to apply to the topic. Still, one could make a case that it does.3. Those who go to hell in 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 are those who have deliberately disobeyed the gospel by refusing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, infants have not wilfully disobeyed the gospel.
4. Revelation 20:11-15 indicates that all of the unsaved are resurrected to appear before the Great White Throne, and it is stressed that each will be judged accordig to their works. IMO, it is doubtful that infants will be included in the evaluatoin, what evil work has a 6 month old baby committed?
5. Consider the compassionate heart of God for those who are lost: "Who will have all men to be saved and to come unto the knowledge of the truth" (1 Tim. 2:4--this is God's desire). "Not willing that any should perish" (2 Pet. 3:9). "Even so it is not the will of your Father, who is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish" (Matt. 18:14). "I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked" (Ezekiel 33:11). While these verses do not refer specifically to infants, they do teach us that the loving and merciful heart of our God desires the salvation of all men.
6. We know that the Lord Jesus had a tender and compassionate heart for the little children and was much displeased when His disciples were hindering them from coming to Him (Mark 10:13-14). We are sure that our Saviour has this same kind of compassion, not only for children, but for young infants also.
7. King David had a child by Bathsheba which died in infancy. David's words are significant: "While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me" (2 Samuel 12:22-23). The clear sense of this passage is that David believed that he would be reunited with his child in the next life. He knew the baby, having died, could not come back to this life, but he believed that he would go to him. While we can't be dogmatic that such a passage teaches infant salvation, yet it does seem to point in that direction.
"They died, for Adam sinned - they live, for Jesus died!"
Genesis 18:25, "will not the God of all earth do right?"
You stated that an infant is incapable of rejecting Jesus Christ. Some argue that an infant is incapable of having faith. Personally, I don't know.
The same reason we fight to stop murder. Because as Christians we value the gift of life and despise injustice. As followers of Christ, God desires that we seek justice and defend the oppressed (Isaiah 1:17).Think about it this way, if we know for sure that all infants are saved, then why should we fight so hard to stop abortion? (I hate making that argument, but there are Christians who really do believe this.)
You ask how does an infant have faith?
I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it....