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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Does God Take Children to Become Angels in Heaven?

In honest attempts to comfort the bereaved family, some people may say that God took their recently deceased child because God needed another angel in Heaven. However, this is not what the Bible teaches. Actually, the Bible's viewpoint on this is much more comforting.

Reasons Why God Does Not Take Children to Become Angels in Heaven

One reason that God would not take children from the earth to become angels in heaven is because that would run contrary to His original purpose for children. In the Garden of Eden, God told Adam and Eve: “Be fruitful and become many and fill the earth and subdue it.” (Genesis 1:28) Children are gifts from God and are essential to His original purpose of filling the earth.
See: What Is God's Purpose for the Earth? (JW.ORG)

Also, 1 John 4:8 tells us that "God is love" and Gen. 1:26 tells us that humans were made in God's image. So just as a loving human father would not take someone else's child away from its parents in order to make his own family bigger, the God of Love would never do anything similar. The Bible says that children are gifts from God - “an inheritance from Jehovah.” (Psalm 127:3; NWT) He would never take back this gift that he has given to parents.

A Child’s Untimely Death - The Bible's Promised Resurrection

So what hope do grieving parents have if their child has met an untimely death? John 5:28, 29 tells us that in the future, "all those in the memorial tombs will...come out" to a paradise right here on earth. Because it was God’s original intention for children to grow up and enjoy life here on the earth, this is why children who have passed away are not angels in heaven but are awaiting a future resurrection to a paradise earth.

Also see:

Does God Take Children to Become Angels in Heaven? (w09 3/1 p. 29; Watchtower Online Library)

Do Humans Become Angels When They Die? (g 8/06 pp. 28-29; Watchtower Online Library)

Real Hope for Your Loved Ones Who Have Died (JW.ORG)

What Happens After You Die? (Search For Bible Truths)


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