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  • The short answer is NO!!! Jesus came to save us ALL from our sins and from death. First, on "Hell," do a search online for the "true" meaning of the Hebrew and Greek words that have been translated "hell" in the Bible, and you'll find that the real words Hades, Sheol, and Gehenna are not accurately translated as "Hell" in the scriptures. The first two are the grave/hidden place, and the third is a literal place south of Jerusalem where the garbage was burning 24/7 - but not now. Jesus came to save us from our sins. He said "woe to the one who causes one of these little ones to stumble" so He obviously wants ALL children to come to faith in Him, but that sounds way too merciful for even the most devout believers in the Father of Mercy. Because of several wrongly translated Hebrew and Greek words, and because men have inconsistently taken literal things to be symbolic, and symbolic things to be literal, theologians have argued for two millenia about what happens to the unborn babies, infants and children that die without even hearing about Christ. They also argue over the 90% of the world's population (over the last several thousand years) that went to their graves having never heard of Jesus before they died. Jesus came to SAVE the world, not to condemn it. Don't reject Him if you hear about Him, because you'll miss out on experiencing much of His grace in your life, but don't count Him out for all those who didn't ever hear about Him at all, or accept Him in this lifetime. Christians have a very narrow view of "salvation," rather than just a correct view of "the narrow path that leads to life." The "Universalists" used to believe that more scriptures indicated that God would ultimately save us ALL. Sadly the majority of them don't even truly believe in God, or in the scriptures, or in any "salvation" being necessary AT all, much less salvation FOR all. Christian denominations have a hard time reconciling many verses of the Bible. Wrongly translated words and symbolic revelations (that are wrongly misinterpreted as literal) make it hard for any Bible student to keep his theology straight. The pastors and theologians with PhD's actually label it "loving" and "just" when the Bible seems to predict and even prescribe a fiery end to all who have rejected Christ and even those who have not heard of Him. The Bible even suggests the same fate for many who have preached and done ministry in the very name of Christ, but who did not really let Him be formed in them. Funny how no pastors will tell their congregation that they may in fact be among those who God could reject or at least scourge/chasten severly at the final judgment. The Book of Revelation (which is full of symbols that are NOT to be taken literally) says "For no other foundation can any man lay than that is laid, which is JESUS CHRIST. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, WOOD, HAY, STUBBLE; Every man’s work shall be made manifest; for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed BY FIRE; and the FIRE shall TRY EVERY MAN’S WORK of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be BURNED, he shall SUFFER LOSS; but BUT HE HIMSELF [the one who had his works burned and consumed in God’s consuming fire] SHALL BE SAVED, yet so AS BY FIRE" The Bible also says that Jesus descended and preached liberty to the captives, and that He led captivity captive (ie, rescued them from death and a future condemnation). Since He exists outside of time we don't know who He preached to, only the dead up till his death? or maybe all whoever died including all those who are yet to be born? The Bible says EVERY knee will bow and confess Jesus as Lord. According to the Bible, after we all have had a long time of "sleep/death" in hades/sheol (synonymous), there will be a first resurrection for the martyrs of Christ, then 1,000 years later a resurrection of EVERYONE ELSE. At that time there will be a loving and HOLY examination of each person's life and a "judgment" or "setting right" of whatever was not already "set right" in our lifetime. Each of us will go through some kind of chastisement, scourging and refining by a spiritual fire. God is called a "consuming fire," but we know that means He "refines us" with that "fire." Essentially, whatever we have thought, said, or done evil in our lives will be burned out of us (spiritually). The more evil in us the more extensive and perhaps painful the scourging/refining will be. Jesus said "fire" will test every man and his works, and some men will be saved but only by "fire." The fire of God refines humans in the resurrection of everything they cannot keep in His kingdom. I believe the most painful scourging will be for those who were given much grace by God but they didn't let it make them much like Jesus at all. Preaching doesn't even prove a man much like Jesus really. It's how badly he can be sinned against and how completely he truly forgives and loves even those who have set themselves up as his enemies that proves his likeness to Jesus. Revelation makes it clear that on earth men, right up till the end of things, will continue to reject God no matter what He does to prove Himself or deal with them. But once we are resurrected from the dead, no one will reject God and Christ. ALL will bow before Him. You have to pray, study, and decide for yourself, as does every person, whether you believe that Jesus who came to SAVE a world of sinners, not one of which could even choose salvation without God's grace, will in the end truly reject and subject to tortuous fire forever ALL who never heard of Him or having heard didn't put their faith in Him in this lifetime. Of course even faith in Him is a gift from Him. "For by grace have you been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, nor of works lest any man should boast." The scariest part of scripture to take literally is the "lake of fire" in Revelation which we are told was made for Satan and his angels, not for mankind. After the final judgment, even death and hades/sheol, (all wrongly called "hell" in other parts of scripture) will themselves be cast into that "lake of fire." That means they are destroyed, and death no longer holds any of us. The majority of Christians think this is also the "hell" of eternal torment for all unbelievers, but no where does the Bible actually say that this is the eternal "dwelling place" (or torture chamber for trillions of years) of any human. Anything thrown into that fire is destroyed permanently, not tortured forever. Pray that God will do what He said He'd do - SAVE THE WORLD THROUGH CHRIST.
  • To answer the question, there is nowhere that records a child going to 'hell', and nowhere that says in 25 words or less that they are exempt. There is a lot of conjecture going around with the issue of 'free choice', and how early in childhood that becomes binding upon them. In Jewish society, adulthood (the age of accountability) was 12. Before this point the child was under the covering of its parents, and the covering of God in that he/she wasn't accountable for their own actions/choices yet. After 12 they were considered accountable - adults for lack of a better word. My understanding of childhood salvation is this: a child cannot consciously and comprehendingly reject God (and hence salvation) until they are at a maturity level to comprehend the choice set before them. A baby cannot reject God, nor can it choose him, for it is not aware of that choice. Therefore I believe that all children are saved by default, until they reach that point of understanding when they can actually make the choice for themselves, and comprehend what they are choosing. I do fear, however, that it is possible to lead a child astray and get them to reject God, but how much accountability does the child bear, and how much of it goes onto the one who caused him/her to stumble? I believe, from the scriptures, that in the case of a pre-accountable child, the wrath and judgment that would come with their rejection of God is actually visited upon the person who caused them to stumble, and not the child. Why did Jesus pronounce such a woe on the person who caused a child to stumble? -------- jcfree has some good points, especially in regards to translating. However I warn against rejecting literalism in order to explain away the wrathful aspect of God. If heaven is a real, literal place, then by the descriptions given in Revelations and throughout the bible, then the lake of fire (which I believe to be 'hell') is a real and literal place as well. You also need to be very careful of taking scripture out of context to suit your own view. Where jcfree talks about the lake of fire being for satan and the demons, this is only partly correct. Reading further down in Revelations 20:15, it says this: "And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. " Revelations 21:8 says the something similar: "But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." People will go to hell, and as much as anybody wants to argue this, these scriptures are concrete. As for the scripture that jesus came to save the world (John 3:17), the next verse confirms both this and Revelations. John 3:18 says this: "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. I also recommend reading the last half of Mark 9 (verse 35 onwards). From my understanding of scriptures, there are two judgments, not one. The first judgment is the separating of the 'sheep from the goats' - described in Revelations where your name is checked against the Lamb's book of life. This separates the saved from the condemned. The second judgment is for the saved only, and is in the form of what Paul describes in Corinthians - the testing of each person's works. I could be wrong, but this is my understanding. --------
  • Doesn't the bible say children are innocent in the eyes of the lord indicating that they are not going to hell?
  • Not any of the above posts specificaly refer a verse, where it says all the children will be saved. Neither I have found any. Rather verse Mark.16.16 says whoever not baptized will go to hell. So I think according to bible children will go to hell. (nothing amazing about it offcourse, in OT the God on several occasions commited infanticides).
  • Explicitly, no, although I think Christ lays it out pretty well in Mark 10:    “And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples     rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased,     and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not:     for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive     the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in     his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them” (vv.13-16). I personally think that lays it out, pretty clearly. If you are interested, though, the Book of Mormon—a book of scripture that compliments the Bible—does explicitly state this doctrine. In Moroni 8, the prophet Mormon writes to his son Moroni:    “[L]ittle children need no repentance, neither baptism. Behold, baptism is unto     repentance to the fulfilling the commandments unto the remission of sins. But     little children are alive in Christ, even from the foundation of the world; if not so,     God is a partial God, and also a changeable God, and a respecter to persons; for    how many little children have died without baptism! Wherefore, if little children     could not be saved without baptism, these must have gone to an endless hell.    “Behold I say unto you, that he that supposeth that little children need baptism is     in the gall of bitterness and in the bonds of iniquity; for he hath neither faith, hope,     nor charity; wherefore, should he be cut off while in the thought, he must go down     to hell. For awful is the wickedness to suppose that God saveth one child because of     baptism, and the other must perish because he hath no baptism” (Moroni 8:11-15,     http://tinyurl.com/moro8-11; see also vv.4-10). I’m sure many readers will discount the latter passage due to disbelief in the source, but I add it as a second witness of the original Biblical doctrine. I know it’s true, but you’ve got to decide for yourself. HTH!
  • Nope. Until one is old enough/capable of understanding right from wrong, though, they cannot actually sin. One has to be able to fully know the difference between doing what is right and wrong before it can be sin. That is why young children and some of the mentally disabled get a "free ride" to heaven. Unless one sins, they are 100% innocent in God's eyes, thus do not need to be saved from sin.
  • It all depends on wether or not the children died according to Deuteronomy 21:18-21 and/or Psalm 137:9
  • Well this is what God says in Genesis 19:25: "Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, including all those living in the cities" God said ALL THOSE LIVING IN THE CITIES..were destroyed. So does that mean no children were in the cities? On another point of free choice: Remember, we are predestined, God already knows who is chosen are. He knew our name before time began. So we don't have free choice. The Shephard goes to look for his lost sheep. Lost sheep don't go look for their Shephard. Think about it.
  • 4-26-2017 Hell is a hole is a grave. Check any dictionary. Everybody goes there. The bible deals with reality, not what you have heard from the local goofballs.
  • I will give you a concrete answer. Children are exempt from Judgment Day. God wants His Creation to come before Him as children, free of doubt, now that children are pure and innocent. Matthew 18:3 "And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as [little children], ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven." Matthew 19:14 "But Jesus said, "Let the [little children] come to Me, and do not hinder them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these."

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