Age of Accountability

A lot of Christians teach that children are not held “accountable” for sin if they die before an “age of accountability.” It seems like it is just one of things you “should” believe, but I haven’t found any of the arguments convincing. Usually the discussions are aimed at grieving parents/family and tend to try and comfort them. If it is true, I think this is great. But if not…

Based on some stuff I’ve been reading lately, I’m questioning my previous thoughts on the subject. Have you had a chance to consider this? What do you think?

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I'm interested in theology, languages, translation and various sorts of fermentation.
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2 Responses to Age of Accountability

  1. Nick Norelli says:

    Here’s a couple of verses to consider:

    Moreover your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, and your children, which in that day had no knowledge between good and evil, they shall go in thither, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it. (Deut. 1:39, KJV)

    Here we see that the children of the generation that was stiffnecked and rebellious were allowed entrance into the promised land while their fathers were not. They were not held guilty not punished for the sins of their fathers, because they had no knowledge between good and evil. They were not held accountable yet.

    For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings. (Isa. 7:16, KJV)

    Isaiah also seems to speak of an age of accountability in saying that there is a time before a child knows to refuse evil and do what is good. I don’t know that either of these is a ‘smoking gun’ but I think they’re a step in the right direction.

  2. George says:

    Nick: Thanks for the input.

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