In fact, sin was in the world before the law, but sin is not charged to one’s account when there is no law.So then, as through one trespass there is condemnation for everyone, so also through one righteous act there is life-giving justification for everyone. For just as through one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so also through the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. The law came along to multiply the trespass. But where sin multiplied, grace multiplied even more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace will reign through righteousness, resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.…if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Fatherâ€”Jesus Christ the righteous One. He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world.Romans 5:13, 18-21; 1 John 2:1b-2Holman Christian Standard Bible
The Roman Catholic Church has a belief of a place called
purgatory Limbo (apparently, Limbo is kind of the purgatory for unbaptized infants. ). Now I cannot comment about all those who in the Roman Catholic Church believe are in purgatory. However, what struck me about this is infants and young children. Neither an infant nor a child (a probably a few “adults” as well), according to these scriptural references, seems to be relegated to purgatory, nor condemned to Hell.
I find this reassuring. One of strongest arguments about the apparent capriciousness of God is the passed-on rumor (as belief) that God sends non-baptized infants to Hell, or Purgatory. As an infant (and as a child up to a certain age) doesn’t know the law. They are incapable of knowing the law, so they are not guilty of personal sin. Now, of course, there is still Original sin (thanks, Adam, oh, and Eve, too). As my faith is based on a loving Abba, I cannot help but conclude that God would not condemn them to an eternity away from them.