Here's a recent paper I turned in for my theology class. I thought you might enjoy rolling the idea around yourself.
If one holds to the belief that babies are exempt from hell, does that make an abortion doctor the most effective evangelist? I think that we have to go back to the beginning and the purpose of man for an explanation.
Genesis tells us that God put man on earth with specific instructions, and from what transpired afterwards, we know that man had the ability to choose. God was doing fine before us, but He decided to create a human race with the ability to make a conscious decision to choose to love and obey Him. God is not a puppet master that controls our every move. When He put the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the garden along with the instructions not to eat of it, He cut the strings. He made us with the ability to make decisions based on our belief in Him, but He makes it clear in His word that He wants all to choose Him.
“(God) who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth,” 1 Tim. 2:3 (ESV)
A child obviously doesn’t have the ability or opportunity to make that choice. However, I do believe that those whose life is taken before the comprehension of Christ’s saving grace are safe from the separation from Him. However, they weren’t given the opportunity to make the ultimate decision for which they were created or the many choices that daily would follow to obey God’s way.
In the cases of abortion, the doctor is taking that decision from them, which begs the question: Is he actually keeping those individuals that wouldn’t eventually choose Jesus Christ out of hell? Or, being the all-knowing God that He is, would God allow someone into heaven as a child that he knew would not have chosen Him had they been given the chance? How about those who would have chosen God, but their life was unfortunately cut short; Will their experience in heaven be different from those of us who have lived and made decisions to follow Christ? I don’t think any of us have an answer for some of these questions, but I do know that we were created to choose Him and make daily decisions that honor Him and make His name known to those who might one day follow the same path.