God Doesn't Need an Infant to Die

I was listening to a Christian radio station trying to raise money for St. Jude Hospital (a worthy cause) and a dear mother, who evidently lost her child prematurely to a disease like cancer or something terminal, said, “I guess God needed my baby more than me.” While this statement may provide some modicum of comfort, it is completely theologically upside down.

God doesn’t need anything. Acts 17:25 makes it perfectly clear that God is the giver of all things and doesn’t need anything.

The very idea of a need implies a deficit or a lack of something. But this is impossible with God—for God is complete in all ways. He is never less or more of anything or anyone. He is the “I am that I am.” He is immutable—He cannot and does not change.

In Malachi 3:6 God states, “I am the Lord; I change not.”

He doesn’t need love; he doesn’t need fellowship; he doesn’t need another soul in heaven. Even when the premature death of a child is the will of God the taking of this life is not based on need.

He ordains all things for His divine will and pleasure. God declares the end from the beginning, but all this is never predicated upon a need.

In Isaiah 46:10, the prophet understands that God “declares the end from the beginning; and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:”

God doesn’t need anything. He is not lacking in anything and this is so important for several reason but one would be this. Consider how small of a god God would be if he needed an infant to die early to be more complete.


  1. Well, why did He "take" my teenaged daughter then? Several people have told me He "needed her back in heaven."

    Or that He will not crush a bruised reed. Plese talk to one of your parishioners that has lost a child to suicide, and write me back. They might have some insights. I need to know.

    She killed herself, even after having received Christ. What does God say to that? Did she need Him to take her?

    So do I (need to die), as my suffering is unbearable. Please answer.

  2. I see things haven't change. Christians are still judgemental and without love for others. Yes, I am a follower of Christ. We need to get back to serving and loving others and get off the political band wagon. These remarks about a baby dying are cold and sick.
    To Mrs. Panicacci,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I believe that your daughter is in the arms of Jesus and some day you will be reunited. Many blessings to you.
    Beth Neufer

  3. Ok so you guys deleted your comments on your fb page then because too many were being sent you deleted the page. Wow for people that stand by your belief to abuse children you sure as hell don't like people calling you out for it do you. I guess pretty soon all of you online accounts will be deleted because now that I have your blog I'll be leaving comments here :).