A friend proposed this to me: there's such a thing as an "age of accountability" right? The age at which a child becomes formally aware that he's sinning against a Holy God? Well, there seems to be, at least (for instance, when David knew that his illegitimate child was waiting for him in heaven - 2 Sam. 12:23, "I go to him".) Now...if there IS such an age, and dead babies and young children automatically go to Heaven, this would be in spite of the N.T.'s repeated assertions that personal faith is the instrument of our salvation (John 3:16, Acts 16:31, Romans 5:1, Ephesians 2:8-9, etc.) So, what Biblical basis is there for the belief that we become "accountable" at a certain age? In other words, if personal faith is not necessary for young children who have died, is it totally necessary for anyone in order to be saved? (Yes, it's commanded, and it's the ordinary way we're saved, but why can there not be exceptions for adults as there are for children? Thank you!!