Engaged at seventeen-years-old my boyfriend and I searching whether we would be married and follow his faith which he was practicing or follow my faith Baptist. Rock solid in my faith, we met with my pastor and his priest. Well, while speaking with the priest, he shared at one point, that if we had a baby and the baby died before baptism it would go to limbo. Well, I asked him to show me in the Bible where God’s word shared this fact. Needless to say, at that moment, I told my future husband that I would not be able to raise our future children with those beliefs.
According to Wikipedia, Limbo (Latin limbus, edge or boundary, referring to the “edge” of Hell) is a speculative idea about the afterlife condition of those who die in original sin without being assigned to the Hell of the Damned. Medieval theologians of western Europe described the underworld (“hell”, “hades“, “infernum”) as divided into four distinct parts: Hell of the Damned, Purgatory, Limbo of the Fathers or Patriarchs, and Limbo of the Infants. However, Limbo of the Infants is not an official doctrine of the Catholic Church.
Another use of limbo is that one might be between jobs or life may be holding so one may be in limbo. Saul was in limbo when he was on the road to Damascus. Acts 9: 1-9
Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest 2and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.
“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.
However, God sent Ananias to minister to Saul. Saul spent several days in Damascus. He was no longer in limbo.
Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God.All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?” Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah. Acts 9: 19-21
Beloved are you in limbo in your life? God knows where you are just as he did Saul and has a plan for you just as he did Saul/Paul.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
We do not have to be in limbo with God. God gives us assurance in our salvation and he has a plan for our lives so we do not have to be in limbo. God’s truth will set us free. Doug and I married that July now for forty-five years. We compromised and went to an all denominational church. God is good all the time and all the time God is good.