25 And little children also have eternal life.
What theology could teach that little children are damned? When I read this in the Book of Mormon, my soul sings. This is the kind of God that I believe in. He honors the demands of justice. Abinadi said,
"26 But behold, and fear, and tremble before God, for ye ought to tremble; for the Lord redeemeth none such that rebel against him and die in their sins; yea, even all those that have perished in their sins ever since the world began, that have wilfully rebelled against God, that have known the commandments of God, and would not keep them; these are they that have no part in the first resurrection.
27 Therefore ought ye not to tremble? For salvation cometh to none such; for the Lord hath redeemed none such; yea, neither can the Lord redeem such; for he cannot deny himself; for he cannot deny justice when it has its claim."
Nevertheless, while honoring the demands of justice, he imposes no judgment on innocent children or on those that lived and died in ignorance. Even today there are millions who live and die without ever having known the gospel of Jesus Christ. What fair God would condemn them?
I'm grateful that Jesus has been given power over death and that he has power to intercede on our behalf, standing between us and justice. The scriptures are water for a parched earth. They are healing waters to open our hearts and minds to peace and comfort. One of my favorite poets is Gerard Manley Hopkins who ended a poem called "Thou Art Indeed Just, Lord" with this plea:
Mine, O thou lord of life, send my roots rain.