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What Is The Age Of Accountability

I have a question? Is there any scripture that talks about the age of accountablity. I grew up beliving in it but recently I have tried to find scriptures and I am begining to belive that it is merely tradition. I am really just wondering. Please use scriptures in context

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rober, you are absolutely right. God did have a plan for David. david almost messed that up didn't he?
---shira4368 on 7/10/13

tray says:

Back to King David, he declares: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts. In other words, David was born again as an infant.
---trey on 7/3/13

Hey tray,
Remember Sheol? That is where the saved were preserved until their sins were paid for.
David thought at one time begged God to not take His Spirit from him is no indication that he was born with the Holy Spirit. Everyone who is born of the Holy Spirit becomes a child of God. David was never called a son of God because the Holy Spirit was not given until sins were paid for. According to the Lord's words in John 16:7 and Acts 1:4-5 it was possible to become a child of God.

In His grace

---Rober7995 on 7/10/13

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign, Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Isaiah 7:16 For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings.

Isaiah 8:3 And I went unto the prophetess, and she conceived, and bare a son. Then said the LORD to me, Call his name Mahershalalhashbaz.

To find the age of acountability, we need to findout how old Mahershalalhashbaz was, when "the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings."

Doctrinally we tie Isaiah 7:14 to Jesus, but this was a sign to isaiah is his days
---francis on 7/10/13

The wages of sin is death ( Romans 6:23).
The fact that children die shows that they are subject to sin just like adults.---gary on 6/25/13

Excellent point.

No one is saying children who die are going to hell.
But they die because of Adam and Eve's sins.
David's son died because of his sin.

All are cursed with original sin. Jesus rids us of these sins. Some before birth and others close to death.
---Nikki on 7/5/13

Bro. Trey, welcome back. I had not seen you for a long time. Hope all is going well with you and family, I missed you on CN. You always have great things to say and to show others, peace brother
---Mark_V. on 7/4/13

neither do I have all the answers but the age of accountability is not in the bible but Jesus said,"suffer the little children to come unto Me." I do not and will not ever believe little ones that don't understand the concept of God and salvation will die and go to hell. God gives and God taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord.
---shira4368 on 7/3/13

Age of Accountability is a false doctrine.
The scriptures teach that we are all sinners. King David said he was conceived in sin. Even infants are sinners due to the fact that their parents are sinners.

Our eternal salvation is entirely up to God. "Who can lay anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth." We do not justify ourselves. We cannot. Salvation is of the Lord. If I claim any part in my eternal salvation I have reason to glory, but the scriptures say: For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory, but not before God.

Back to King David, he declares: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts. In other words, David was born again as an infant.
---trey on 7/3/13

Genesis 8:21 - And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma, Then the Lord said in his heart, I will never again curse the ground for man's sake, although the imagination of man heart is evil from his youth: nor will I again destroy - every living thing - as I have done,

Genesis 19:4 Now before they lay down, men of the city, the men of sodom ,both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounding the house, 19:5 And they called to lot and said to him, Where are the men who came to you tonight ? Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally.

Genesis 19,24 Then the Lord rain down brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah from the lord from Heaven,

( God finds them Accountable )
---RICHARDC on 6/29/13

The wages of sin is death ( Romans 6:23).

The fact that children die shows that they are subject to sin just like adults. The Bible never mentions an age of accountability. Instead, it teaches that "the whole world (is) held accountable to God" (Romans 3:19), Psalms 51:5, Eph. 2:3.

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---gary on 6/25/13

I am sure that Jesus is not prepared to lose children to the devil without a very good reason. We dont have all of the spiritual information or know enough of spiritual weights and measures to make accurate predictions. Some children may be very spiritually sensitive and commit suicide, perhaps through drug use, for what appears to be a tiny reason to the rest of us or for reasons that a more mature person may see a way around. I really hope this puts some minds at rest because we either trust in the goodness and greatness of Jesus or not. We can pray about all things but in the end it is Jesus who decides what actually happens and this is the best result we can hope for. We can pray for understanding /help and that is fantastic really.
---Mark on 4/22/10

AOA is mans tradition, we can think any thing we want, but in the end it is up to God. He says in Rom. 9 "..I'll have mercy on who I'll have mercy, I'll have compassion on who I"ll have compassion...
---michael_e on 3/3/10

not supporting AoA:
Genesis 6:17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein [is] the breath of life, from under heaven, [and] every thing that [is] in the earth shall die
Genesis 19:24-25 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven, And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.
Exodus 11:5 And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that [is] behind the mill, and all the firstborn of beasts.
---MIchael on 3/3/10

supporting how I understand it to be:
Exodus 12:13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye [are]: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy [you], when I smite the land of Egypt.
Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
1 Corinthians 7:14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean, but now are they holy.
We who believe and those God has put in our care until such time as God makes them accountable(God knows, not I) shall be saved.
Spouses are sanctified,but not saved(1Cr 7:16)
---MIchael on 3/3/10

supporting age of accountability:
Exodus 30:12 When thou takest the sum of the children of Israel after their number, then shall they give every man a ransom for his soul unto the LORD, when thou numberest them, that there be no plague among them, when [thou] numberest them.
Exodus 30:14 Every one that passeth among them that are numbered, from twenty years old and above, shall give an offering unto the LORD.
Numbers 14:29 Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness, and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me,
---MIchael on 3/3/10

I always assumed age 20 because thats how old the young men were that were picked for war in the OT at the request of the LORD
---JackB on 12/14/09


I just want to say I really enjoyed your last post and I agree.
I have a 15 year old and an 8 year old.
I certainly won't hold my 8 yr old to the same standard I do my 15 yr old.
He(8yr) is just learning the Godly difference between right and wrong. My daughter(15yr)knows what God says is right and wrong. Not like I do of course but she knows enough to be accounted according to God word for his judgement. I have let her know that too.
God bless!
---miche3754 on 10/8/09

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Kaleo posted this question on 10/11/05, don't think he/she is here anymore. Concerning the age of accountability, it is not found in Scripture.
Where I believe that came from was from putting many passages together, counting on the Justice of God, on the fairness of God, on the understanding that children or babies cannot read or understand or for that matter follow instructions, so God cannot find them guilty of commiting sin. They are born with a sin nature but no sin is found in their account when they are brought before the Lord. The book of works will have nothing against them, and knowing God is a righteous God will not condemn them to hell.
This is one explanation on accountability someone gave in a sermon.
---MarkV. on 10/8/09

I have no scriptures to use here. I do believe it depends on the person. Knowledge & understanding to know right from wrong varies to each. All borned in sin, but when there is bad handi-cap severe retardation etc & other, these dont comprehend in their understanding to know right from wrong. Some may come to understanding (if they are healed by God) in their yr's if they live long enough.
---Lawrence on 10/5/09

Moderator, The last post for this Blog under the name of "Gordon" is not mine. They should've signed in on a completely different e-mail address.
---Gordon on 10/5/09

In Ex. 30:14 God states that only those twenty and over can pay atonement for their sins. And then in Num. 14:29 God says that all people twenty and older shall die before reaching the land of promise. And again in Deu. 1:39 it is mentioned in reference to the Exodus of Egypt that only people twenty & older will die. It seems then, according to what I've read from others studies, that God considers 19 and under to be children in their ability to be held responsible/accountable for an understanding of good and evil. This then seems to set a precedent from God as to an "age of accountability".
---Gordon on 10/4/09

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Whew! I can't believe anyone would honestly believe God would send a baby to hell!!
---Mary on 7/28/09

No age of accountability in the Bible. When the baby is died and he/she is not God's Elect subject to judgment Psalm 51:5 bec. no one is righteous.
---rosalie on 7/26/09

no age of accountability stated in the Bible. Its says no one is righteous. A baby is a sinner growing into adult sinner. No age is stated in the bible of accountability.
---rosalie on 7/24/09

The Jewish custom is 13, but there is no biblical support for the custom beyond the historical record.
When a child has the capability of making a decision for Christ he or she is henceforth accountable.
God is entirely capable of making this an individual matter without the blanket age that makes it easier for us to understand.
For the 40% of the globe who has not heard the gospel the age would obviously not come into play.
---larry on 7/13/09

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When a person is able to determine between right and wrong that is the age of accountability. This age is different in everyone, but generally speaking it is around 12 or 13 years of age.
---Jon on 7/13/09

***God already judged him before he grow up, cause God knows in the first place if a certain man is capable of being a christian. This topic is so controversial and hard to explain****

ice - mens reasoning is ALWAYS hard to explain ...God knows if one is "capable of being a christian"? directly contradicts MANY are called FEW are chosen

no age of accountability in Gods Word ...many verses describe parents responsibility to raise up children in way of God and his laws ...

free moral agency of all humans determines accountability to live life to God or to the world is determined once a child moves into responsibility for their own lives
---Rhonda on 6/28/09

Human development different from each other, others mature fast and other are not, they say 7 years old is the age of accountability, but there are some who are not matured enough to be accountable on the things they do, and there are some that are mature right before reaching the age of seven. If they died, it's there heart that will be the parameter. Jesus can look deeply into their hearts. if one child dies and went to heaven for example, God knows if he will accept Christ in the future or not, and when he went to hell for example, it means that God already judged him before he grow up, cause God knows in the first place if a certain man is capable of being a christian. This topic is so controversial and hard to explain.
---ice on 6/26/09

Proverbs 20:11: "Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right."
Proverbs 23:24: "The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him."
Proberbs 29:15: "The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame."
Accountability is not of age but of knowledge and wisdom. Ask any Parent and they will reveal many accounts and levels of accountability to which they hold them to, all based on the training they gave them.
1 Timothy 1:13
Job 42:5-6.
---Nana on 6/24/09

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I think with all the drugs and hormones in the food and water... the age of accountability can come pretty early.

Not to mention all the tresspassing that is taught from their, parents TV, video, radio, culture and books.....therefore kids consciousness can grow quick.

I have heard about 10 year old college students,car theives, and go figure..."2nd Timothy 3:1-6".

If they are ripe for sin, they are ripe for the Gospel of Christ.
---Yochanan on 6/23/09

These are all opinions. The question hasn't really been answered. There is no 1 scripture that says "age of accountablity."
---Karie on 6/22/09

Psalm 58:3: "The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies."
Never witnessed such a thing Gregg, you?

What does honey and vinegar to do with evil and the knowledge of evil? Connection?

Kindergarden age children which exibit ill behavior at play have already been allowed to spoil like freezer food left on the counter for long. Ever heard "One spoiled apple...", they will learn from each other too as Paul says, 1 Corinthians 15:33: "Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.". Like monkey see monkey do.

Manners are learned. If I would have been born to cannibals my outlook on other people may very well had been through hungry eyes.
---Nana on 4/11/09

Man does evil from the moment they are born. Children are not innocent, they know the difference between honey and vinegar. Watch children on a kindergarden playground fighting over the swings. Sin is in them already. It is not about ignorance, it is about the moment when they can accept or reject God.
---Gregg on 4/9/09

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1Corinthains7:12-14, says the parents are the covering for the children until they reach a age of understanding, where they can make a decision of their own. This text says that God looks on the marriage and if one parent is saved, than the unsaved spouce is sanctified by the believing spouse. What does that mean? The spouse isn't saved by the believing spouse but God looks on the relationship as being sanctified when looking at the children. Look at the death angel and the blood on the door posts. The last part of that verse 14 is "Thus the children who were unclean(not saved)are now made holy. I can back the way I believe with scriptures or I don't believe it. Can they?
---Tim on 3/15/09

There is nothing in scripture that teaches on the age of accountability. God has held man accountable from the beginning. You should have other believers in your life to keep you accountable though. You don't want to be a lone sheep, or as I like to call them...a solodier! God bless!
---BryanG on 2/7/09

When Paul came to Ephesus, he found certain disciples that had been baptisted by John. He ask them if they had received the Holy Spirit and they replied they did not know of the Holy Spirit. Paul, then taught them the difference of John's baptism to that of being baptized in Christ. After they heard this they were baptized and Paul laid his hands on them and they spake with tongues and prophesied. And all the men were about twelve. ACTS 19:1-7
---Mike on 1/15/09

There are kids in the first grade that are leaps and bounds ahead of adults. Not trying to win brownie points, but the Mod's son appears to be one of those.
At the age of six, he's accountable and some men at the age of 36, don't have a clue.
It's more than a tradition, it's a reality.
The rate of maturity varies, hence accountability varies. A sharp little fella can have the wisdom that surpasses a middle aged man.
---lisa on 6/9/08

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Christians look at the life of Jesus Christ, when He was in the temple, family looking for Him. His example is the age of accountability standard, and I believe Jesus was accountable as a child in His Mother's womb, but for most of us, it's around the age of 12 - give or take years for rate of spiritual maturity.
God Bless the young Mr. Cooper.
---lisa on 6/9/08

John leaped in Elizabeth's womb at Mary's announcement of Jesus Christ.
They were leaps and bounds ahead of us, but I believe the deep called unto the deep and accountability was already there.
---lisa on 6/9/08

Ask a little boy aged 7 if he took a cookie from the cookie jar without asking if you saw him and he answers NO.would you hold him accountable for telling a lie.?or if he said Yes.would you say he reached the age of accountability?
---Emcee on 6/9/08

Kaleo: I am asking the same question and still have not received an answer with a preponderance of evidence through scripture to prove it. If it is not possible to prove something through scripture I don't think it should be taught or even repeated at all.
---bribone2000 on 6/8/08

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when you are old enough to know right from wrong and a truth from a lie then you are accountable for your actions
---andre9789 on 12/22/07

I have always been taught it's 13, but, now that you mention it, I don't remember any scriptures on it, either. Good question.
---Heather on 4/20/07

There is no scripture that backs this teaching which started because of the basic Christian doctrine that we all inherit Adam's sin (imputed sin). To believe in imputed sin, one must believe that babies are born as sinners and will go to hell if they die just as an adult would if they did not accept Jesus as their Savior (since Jesus is the only way to salvation). Of course we cannot tolerate the thought that babies could go to hell, thus was created the idea of "age of accountability."
---Donna on 11/18/05

As soon as a child can distinguish right from wrong, then he/she is accountable.
---craig on 11/9/05

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Touchy issue for many; esp. those who've miscarried or lost a baby. I believe this to be one of those cases where we can only trust in the righteousness and wisdom of God. One reason may be this: If the Bible clearly stated ALL babies go to heaven, might that not incite unbalanced people to kill as many as they could knowing they were "sending them to heaven" for sure?! Early Christian parents wondering just as Kaleo, is most likely why traditions of "baptizing babies" was started.
---Daniel on 10/17/05

The "age of accountability" was originated by people who could not accept that infants, babies, and toddlers stood a chance of death without eternal life. IF there is such a thing, it is by God's grace and outside the realm of man's understanding. I personally would suppose it would be when an individual was mentally able to accept or reject God.
---mike_fl on 10/16/05

There is no scripture in the Bible that gives a specific "age" of accountability.
---Tonya on 10/13/05

Kaleo:The only scripture is "Suffer little children to come to me & forbid them not for such is the kingdom of heaven"question of age does not arise & again "unless you be like a child you shall not enter the kingdom of Heaven"Accountability has no connection with age as each one of us has a different development & maturity level of understanding.Accountability deals with the end of your life, which we will all experience.
---Emcee on 10/13/05

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The bible says we where all born into sin. So the day of accountablity would be the day that you understand what you are to not commit. Sin.
---Daniel on 10/13/05

The age of accountability is different in each child, although the general concencis is 10-13 I have 5 boys aged 15-15 and each had matured at a diferent rate of understanding right from wrong.
---pamea4685 on 10/13/05

Ok none of this is answering my original question. I know what the belief is, I was raised on it. I know that there is no set age as to when a child can understand the gospel. I was 4 when i understood. What I am asking is if anyone knows any scripture to back up the belief or if it is just tradition.
---Kaleo on 10/13/05

Ppl understood that there was n age where children Bcame accountable. Jesus in the temple at approximate age 12. I work with children church & secularly. They do what they c. Yet have more faith then adults. God will use them as he wants but they r accountable when they realize in them what I am doing is wrong & that usually happens early adolesence when they start thinking 4 themselves. Evie6669
---Evie on 10/13/05

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Emcee: So would a 4 year old be allowed to be with the 7 year olds when they do their first communion in the catholic church? I actually believe that it is different for everyone and no set age should be enforced.
---Debbie on 10/13/05

Heather, The gift of the Holy Spirit, God's promise, is for us and for our children. Please read Acts 2:39 and I John 3. "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." John 1:12,13.
---Eloy on 10/13/05

I disagree with the first reply somewhat.You can teach your children religiously with love and the age of accountability is different for everyone, depends on how well the child comprehends what he is being told and how he responds verbally to it.
---Joyce9456 on 10/12/05

Debbie:There will always be exceptions to the rule,nothing is forced on anyone at any time Good parents who have their Childs interest at heart teach them & good children are ready to absorb their teachings.Like Linda said her children were ready at age 4.
---Emcee on 10/12/05

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Eloy, any child not created by immaculate conception (and Jesus is the only One there ever has or will be) is born of sin. Check it out in your Bible if you don't believe me. Whether the parents are born again Christians or not is completely irrelevant.
---Heather on 10/12/05

Whenever we read the Bible we must take into account what other parts of the Bible teach about the subject.
I Cor 7:14 has nothing to do with Salvation or if a person is going to Heaven.
If my wife and I have a baby girl would she be born without sin? Would the RCC members agree to worship her like they do Mary?
All have sinned and come short of being what God wants them to be, Rom 3:10-23.
---Elder on 10/12/05

linda is right i have seen a child he was 4 at the time he had the annointing on him so strong and he prayed for people he had Gods healing touch in his hands and people were healed he knew that too on the other hand it comes with age and maturity some who are mentally challenged and cant understand God has mercy on them cause they will never understand he holds them close to his heart but some will now at young ages and some will not know till later it depends on what age they learn about Jesus as well
---andre9789 on 10/12/05

Not all are born sinners, some infants are born from holy parents which are born-again christians. Please read 1 Corinthians 7:14. There's no such thing as "age of accountability", there's maturity in 1 Corinthians 13:11, but accountability to obey is for every age. Please read II Kings 2:23,24; Acts 17:30; II Corinthians 5:10.
---Eloy on 10/12/05

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Emcee: And what if a child is not able to understand at age 7? Maybe the child is just a slow learner or slower to mature. Is this catholic ritual forced upon them simply because of their numerical age rather than their understanding?
---Debbie on 10/11/05

There is no scripture giving an exact age. The closest is found in Luke 14:12, but some are of the opinion this only refers to Christians. It seems the age of accountability varys from person to person. Since it is stated we will give account of ourselves, the opinion seems to be it has to be a person who has the ability to think and reason. (This would rule out babies and most of the mentally retarded since their reasoning power is either non exsistant or limited.)
---WIVV on 10/11/05

ACCOUNTABILITY=The age of Reason,when a human being is fully aware of the difference of right from wrong guided by ones conscience & as taught by ones peers from birth.This is usually at age 7 when children are fully able to comprehend right from wrong.In the catholic church.This is connected to the recieving of the Blessed Eucharist.
---Emcee on 10/11/05

Ditto to Linda and Bruce.

My children all accepted the Lord at the age of 4 years old. They were sensitive to God's leading and wanted to have a right relationship with Him.
---Madison on 10/11/05

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Actually, Kaleo,it doesn't mean there's another way to Heaven. Linda and Bruce are right. A baby has no way of knowing what he needs to gain eternal life and is the most innocent of us all. Until a child reaches the age of understanding the necessity of salvation, that child's parents are held accountable (or, at least, the latter part is my understanding).
---Heather on 10/11/05

, i think that age differs with each person, also, i think God gives everyone a chance to know him.
---steve on 10/11/05

Kaleo, we are all born of Adam when we are born of flesh, therefore we are all born with a sin nature. A baby cannot understand words spoken to them and therefore the gospel cannot be "heard" and understood enough to receive Christ. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. I believe God judges righteously and holds us accountable for what He has personally revealed to us.
---Linda_Smith on 10/11/05

I believe it is when you are old enough to learn and to know right from wrong and that every action right or wrong has a consequence.
---Marla on 10/11/05

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Gen 17:25 And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.

The Jewish tradition has boy becoming man at 13...Can I say for sure that it's realated to this?

No, but I believe this is where the tradition began.
---Ol_Z on 10/11/05

Every person was born into sin. and Jesus said that "I am the way, the truth, and the life. NO MAN comes to the Father except through me". but if babies--who are born into sin--go to heaven without accepting Jesus as their savior that would mean there is another way to heaven and I can't accept that. I am really just looking for answers here. I am not trying to start a argument.
---Kaleo on 10/11/05

I agree with Linda.
---Bruce5656 on 10/11/05

It's a tradition. Once becomes accountable when the Holy Ghost has convicted...and I have seen that in children as young as 3. One I know of not only was saved but baptized in the Holy Ghost also at that age.
---Linda_Smith on 10/11/05

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