This is another
word not found in scripture. And Webster says it literally
means "in or on the border," before giving the following
some Christian theologies, a region bordering on hell, the
abode of the souls of good men who lived before the coming
of Christ and the souls of unbaptized babies.
prison or imprisonment.
place or condition of neglect or oblivion to which unwanted
things or persons are relegated."
Cardinal Gibbons, in his Question Box (pages
390-91), in which he distinguishes "Limbo of the Fathers"
and "Limbo of the Children, corroborates as
himself frequently refers to the Limbo of the Fathers,
where the just were detained until Ascension Day, under the
figure of a banquet (Matt. viii. 43), or of a marriage
feast (Matt. xxv. 10). He also calls it Abraham's bosom
in (Luke xvi. 22), and paradise™ in (Luke xxiii.43).
Once Christ appeared, the just souls began to enjoy the
Beatific Vision, and Limbo was at once changed into
Limbo of Children means the state of natural happiness
enjoyed by all those who die in original sin, without ever
having been guilty of grievous personal sin. St. Thomas
holds that these enjoy a positive happiness, being united
to God by a knowledge and love proportionate to their
Malo, art. iii.)."
OBSERVATION: Again, the
scriptures do not accord with the concept that the place of
departed spirits of the righteous before the ascension of
Christ became heaven either then or afterward, the apostle
Peter saying on Pentecost the days after Ascension Day that
"David ascended not into the heavens" (Acts 2:34)
equivalent to saying he was not yet in heaven. Moreover,
the "Paradise" where our Lords soul went at the death of
his body was in Hades (Acts 2:27,31),
and Hades was not to be done away with (cast into the "lake
of fire") until after the general resurrection, when
physical death would be no more (Revelation 20:11-15) â€“
that being a resurrection of both the just and unjust (John
5:28-29; Acts 24:15) at the second coming of Christ and the
end of earthly history (1 Corinthians 15:20-28).
the souls of children are not charged with sin, either
"original" (the sin of Adam) or personal, so as to remain
in "Limbo" in eternity. For, from Hebrews 12:9 it would
seem that our souls (spirits) do not come through Adam as
do our bodies. And Jesus said, "Verily, I say unto you,
Except ye turn, and become as little children, ye shall in
no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 18:3).
And, again: Suffer the little children, and forbid them
not, to come unto me: for to such [as they are] belongeth
the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 19:14).
is therefore a human fiction, not a biblical