Item description for Safe in the Arms of God: Truth from Heaven about the Death of a Child by John MacArthur...
Overview An encouraging work for grieving parents who have lost a child addresses common feelings of loss, fear, and separation, addressing the question of infant death before and after birth while reassuring readers that no deaths occur apart from the purposes of God.
"Is my baby in heaven?"
This is the most important question a grieving parent can ask. And even if the little one is someone else's child, the issue remains: What happens to children―those unborn, stillborn, or youngsters―when they die? Can you hope to see them again? Can you let go of your fear and guilt? Can God's love soothe a wound so jagged?
With scriptural authority and the warmth of a pastor's heart, bestselling author John MacArthur examines the breadth of the entire Bible and reveals in this compelling book the Heavenly Father's care for every life.
"I have sat by the grave of our daughter and son and wondered out loud if my belief that Hope and Gabriel are in heaven has any solid scriptural support. John MacArthur offers truth from God's Word that puts the doubts of any grieving parent to rest. "Safe in the Arms of God" reveals that confidence of heaven for the child you love is based on much more than mere sentimentality; it is revealed in the Word of God and reflective of the very heart of God." ―Nancy Guthrie, author of "Holding On to Hope"
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.36" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.74" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Jul 10, 2003
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0785263438 ISBN13 9780785263432 UPC 020049023563
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More About John MacArthur
John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, president of the Master's College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry. In more than four decades of ministry, John has written dozens of bestselling books, including The MacArthur Study Bible, The Gospel According to Jesus, and Slave. He lives in Los Angeles.
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excellent Dec 10, 2005
I have never had a doubt in my mind that babies and young children that die go to heaven. To me, it has always been a matter of common sense. Just knowing about God's character has always been proof enough for me. His divine grace knows no bounds. His mercy is greater than His wrath. Coming to earth in human form to die for our sins, even though we don't deserve it, is the greatest proof of this. Therefore, I have always believed that His grace covers those that have not yet developed the intelligence to distinguish between right and wrong. However, I wanted my beliefs to be based on more than just my own intuition. I wanted Scriptural proof beyond the concepts of God's unfailing love and all encompassing grace. Unfortunately, I am no theologian. As such, I often need help in looking for the answers I seek within Scripture. Thankfully, John MacArthur has published this well-researched and theologically sound book on the subject of infant death.
MacArthur points to Scripture after Scripture that prove that infants instantly go to heaven when they die. If you had any doubt on this subject before, your doubt will fade away after reading this excellent and comforting book.
Of course, there are those that have the opposite opinion. Some believe that since we are all born into a sin nature, that if we have not had a chance to except Christ into our hearts, then we are lost forever. This, of course, includes children. However, this totally discounts the saving grace of God. God's grace is so much bigger than we ever realize. It is not limited to our feeble understanding of His ways. Personally, I can't imagine being under leadership within a church that espouses the teaching that infants who die go directly to hell. It is unfathomable to me how anyone can believe this. It seems very contradictory to what Scripture shows us to be true.
Then, there are those who have decided that Scripture does not say anything on the subject. Therefore, the truth of the matter can not be known to us. We are to just trust that God will do what is right. However, it seems to me that this is just a cop-out. While it's true that we should always put our faith in God to do what is right (he is a good God!), He has also given us His Scripture for study and meditation. He does have something to say to us on this subject and it is our responsibility to diligently study His Word to know the Truth. Even if this means we must go outside of ourselves and seek guidance from those that have more wisdom on Scriptural concepts than we do.
Hope Oct 21, 2005
My wife and I lost our precious daughter Hope after only thirty mintues with her. I knew a little about what the bible teaches on the subjects and where to find the basics, so I knew that she was with God. I still I found this book to be extremely helpful in fleshing out the whole topic and answering some questions I could not find the answers to on my own. I especially admired how Dr. MacArthur relied on Scripture for his entire argument. There was no wishful thinking in this volume just sound biblical teaching.
A warning: If you have recently lost a little one this book is hard to read because of the sad stories.
A plug: However, this book is worth reading when you are ready.
Wonderful, but has some views that are clearly Protestant Aug 12, 2005
As a Catholic trying to cope with the loss of a child, I'd say this book is 99% wonderful and 1% that I'm not in agreement with. This is clearly biblically Protestant in which there are "missing links". Although I completely agree that the Lord is merciful towards babies and innocent young children, I do not agree with what he states about instant Heaven with adults and older children. If you are Catholic or Orthodox, take this into mind and discernment that this is not in junction with the teaching of our Church. Otherwise its a wonderful tool in knowing that our babies are very much alive in Heaven waiting for their families.
Faith and Hope from Heaven Aug 10, 2005
I was given this book when my 4 1/2 month old son passed away and I can honestly say that this book has brought me comfort for the fact that I know my son is up in Heaven with God, his great grandparents and other children who have left this earth much too early. John MacArthur lets us know, through scripture readings, that God turely holds these babies and children safe with him in Heaven. I know that one day I will be reunited with my 4 1/2 month old son (along with my other children) in Heaven and I will never have to leave them again. I look forward to the day when I can join them in Heaven, but until then, John MacArthurs book reassures me that they are safe and perfect and that nothing can ever hurt them.
If you are looking for a book about the truth of God and Heaven for little ones, then this is it. You will not be disappointed with this book at all!
Of COURSE they are in Heaven... Jul 29, 2005
It seems to me that it was pretty unnecessary to write a book such as this. Do people actually think that God would let a baby, a child, out of His loving care? Of course not. And as far as this age of accountability, I wish someone would show me in the Bible where there is a numerical age for this?
Some Christians have taken the universal, all-encompassing, unlimited love of God and said, "Wait, we know best because we know the word and God help anyone who disagrees with us!" So short answer: Yes, of course the little ones are safe in their Heavenly Father's arms, and yes of course, they will be reunited again.
In fact there are some people, (believe it or not) who say that God will eventually reconcile EVERY human being to Himself. Because unlike the nebulous "age of accountability", I DO have a scripture to support this truth: Christ is the Savior of ALL people, especially those who believe. Doesn't say a few or some or the elect, no-it says all.
So we are left with a choice. We can either love God or we can fear God but we can't do both. Perfect love casts out all fear. There IS no more perfect love than God's.