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Safe in the Arms of God -- Truth from Heaven about the Death of a Child
by Dr. John MacArthur © 2003 (Nelson Book: Nashville, TN). All rights reserved.
[Answer 7 of 10 questions correctly to receive
7 hours of Continuing Education credit].

 

Chapter One: Where Is My Child? (p. 1-7)
1. When Larry King asked John MacArthur what happened to a two-year-old baby at the bottom of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, MacArthur immediately replied, “Instant heaven.” He gave this answer because
a. he had an impulsive desire to comfort many mothers in the listening audience who had lost a child.
b. he was caught off guard and wanted to say something positive.
c. it was the doctrinal position of his church denomination.
d. this was the conclusion he came to after studying the Bible carefully and thoroughly for many years.

Chapter Two: What Can We Say with Certainty to Those with Empty Arms? (p. 8-32)

2. Psalm 139:16 says “And in Your book they were all written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.” The author uses this Scripture passage to assert which of the following conclusion about children?
a. God knows everything about every child before conception.
b. God is actively involved in every child’s life.
c. Every child’s destiny is in God’s hands. He knows precisely how long each child will live and for what purpose.
d. God creates very child.

Chapter Three: How Does God Regard Children? (p. 33-61)
3. All of the following assertions are made in this chapter EXCEPT
a. All babies belong to God.
b. Sometimes God punishes children for their parents’ sin.
c. Every infant or child who dies before reaching a condition of moral culpability goes instantly to heaven at death. Moral culpability is the ability to understand law and grace, sin and salvation.
d. The Bible teaches that all children of all faiths, even non-Christian faiths, are innocent.

4. Dr. MacArthur explains that Jesus held children in such high regard that they were His best illustration of the redeemed believer, who was in the kingdom of salvation. Jesus saw in a child a model of dependency and trust, the mind of innocence and humility. Which passage of Scripture was used to explain this conclusion?
a. Matthew 18:3-5
b. Matthew 18:10
c. Matthew 18:14
d. Matthew 19:14

Chapter Four: What If My Child is Not Among the Elect? (p. 62-63)
5. Which is TRUE?
a. Babies who die go to heaven because they are sinless.
b. Only baptized babies who die go to heaven.
c. Babies who die go to heaven because God is gracious.
d. Calvanist theologian and preacher Charles Spurgeon did not believe that all infants who die are elect of God and therefore saved.

6. Which is NOT true about children?
a. All infants are saved by the death of Jesus Christ on the cross.
b. Little children are incapable of discerning right from wrong. They have no record of unbelief or evil works and therefore there is no basis for their deserving hell.
c. Bad children go to hell when they die because they committed sins against others: throwing tantrums, fighting with their siblings, defying their parents, telling lies, etc.
d. Even though children do sin, they have no understanding that their sin is a violation of God’s law. They know they have displeased their parents, but they do not understand that they have displeased God. They do not have anything written in the record of heaven against them because they have never committed any conscious deeds of rebellion against God.

Chapter Five: Will I See My Child Again? (p. 91-108)
7. Which is NOT true?
a. When King David’s infant son died (whose mother was Bathsheba), David said, “I shall go to him.” (II Samuel 12:23) David meant that he would someday be buried next to his child.
b. If a non-Christian woman has an abortion, and she later becomes a Christian, she will someday spend eternity in heaven with her child.
c. If a non-Christian woman has an abortion and she never becomes a Christian, she will not spend eternity in heaven with her child.
d. If a Christian woman suffers a miscarriage, she will someday spend eternity in heaven with her child.

Chapter Six: What Is My Child’s Life Like in Heaven? (p. 109-126)
8. Which of the following is TRUE about a child’s experience in heaven?
a. Children will most likely be made into adults. According to Revelation, chapter 5, every person who is in heaven will be praising and worshipping God. Only adults possess enough maturity to know what this means and to do it.
b. Children, whose bodies are weak and frail compared to adults, will have glorified, powerful bodies in heaven (I Corinthians 15:42-44).
c. In heaven every child will recognize their Christian parent’s face, even if they never saw it before, as in the case of miscarried or aborted children. Peter, James, and John recognized Moses and Elijah, having never met them before (Matthew 17:3-4).
d. All of the above.

Chapter Seven: Why Did My Child Have to Die? (p. 127-150)
9. It is natural and normal for every parent who loses a child to ask, “Why did my child have to die?”, a question that has no satisfactory answer. However, the author believes that a more important question that a parent who lost a child should ask is
a. “Why didn’t God prevent this from happening?”
b. “Did my child die because I sinned?”
c. “What does God want me to do in the midst of this tragedy?”
d. “Did I love my child more than I loved God?”

Chapter Eight: How Shall We Minister to Those Who Are Grieving? (p. 151-169)
10. What was the major way that Dan and Pamela’s friends helped them through Pam’s difficult pregnancy and Ryan’s death one week after he was born?
a. They told them that God works all things for good. (Romans 8:28)
b. They served them in tangible, practical ways by providing baby-sitting, meals, and home care.
c. They told them that the Lord is near to those who have a broken heart. (Psalm 34:18)
d. They told them that God often does things we cannot understand. (Isaiah 55:8-9)