by Rev. Jack Barr
Subject: Re: question on eternal destiny of children.
Hi XXXXXX, You ask some good questions,
Hello again I have a question on children. I have a very special friend who lost his children through a divorce and the ex doesn't teach them how to live a Christian life. My question is if something should happen to the children like death even though they know what's right and wrong would they go to hell for not living right with God? Or would God understand they are not being taught they way as parents should teach their children about God and have mercy on them?
There are so very many who would like to believe that you only have to be a good person in order to go to heaven after death. This is a lie perpetuated by Satan because it is directly opposed to what the Bible teaches. That lie would allow you to believe in anything and to worship any god you chose, or no god at all. That lie will lead straight into the Fires of Hell.
The Bible which IS the Word of God, Tells us different.
The Key to your answer lies in your statement, within your question, that these children know what is right and wrong. This places them at or above the age of accountability. Below that age, the children would go to heaven. (See my article this site, "Do Babies and Children go to Heaven or Hell when they die?)
The answer to your question then, is that these children, unless they are led to Jesus, and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord God and Savior, will be lost to the fires of hell forever.
Now the Scriptures which tell us this:
Romans 14:11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God
Phillippians 2:10-11 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
God's word tells us that no-one, on, in, or under this earth can have salvation except they accept Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Now there is no place in God's Word where you will find that God is tolerant!! God will not accept any way other than His way. Cain's offerings were rejected by God because Cain tried to come to God his own way instead of God's Way. It is not enough for them to live a good life, it is not enough for good intentions. Please do not confuse God's mercy as God being tolerant. God's Word if full of God's commands to do it His way, Or Else!!
For God says:
And how can they hear unless someone tells them. If the mother of these children will not lead them to the knowledge of Jesus Christ, then we can only pray that they will hear about Jesus Christ and God's plan of salvation before they face death. The father must do all he can to see that his children are brought to the knowledge of Jesus Christ. After that, it is up to each child to accept or to reject Jesus as their savior. We can only pray for them.
This is the end of my answer of your question, I will now give you some additional verses that has to do with salvation and eternal life. These are just for your information and not a part of the answer to you.
As Always, Go to God to ask if what I say here is the Truth, for only God will give you absolute truth. And all spirits must be tested before God. Start with mine.
Rev. Jack Barr
On Eternal Life:
Without quoting each verse, here is what each verse says about the condition for salvation. Each verse below has the term "Eternal; Life" or "Life Eternal" within it.
Mark. 13:13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
And Now Some Additional Scripture:
See Also Ezekiel 3:20-21; 18:20,24,26; 33:12-13,18; on losing salvation and compare
these with the verses that are next to these verses about a sinner gaining salvation. Now
answer the question, why do they all accept the verses on the sinner gaining salvation but
reject the accompanying verses on losing salvation???
The Parable of the seeds: Matthew 13:3-9; 13:18-23 Shows us that there will be many who will accept Jesus Christ, (the ones in stony places, and the ones among the thorns,) with Great joy thereby gaining salvation. But later they will fall away, that is, stop serving God by either walking away from Him, (the stony ground,) or becomes so caught up with their own problems that they only sit in the pew at church, never obeying God by going out and saving souls, (among the thorns) and so produce no fruit. Both of these, although once saved, will loose their salvation.
The parable of the unmerciful servant: Matthew 18: 23-35 Shows us that a King (Jesus) looked over His servants, (Christians) and found one that owed Him a great debt, (had sinned against the King) and ordered that servant to pay the price or else! The servant could not pay and was then ordered to debtors prison (Hell) (name taken out of the book of servants which is the book of Life.) until he paid. The servant begged for the King (Jesus) to have mercy on him. The King (Jesus) gave him mercy, forgave His servant, and restored the servant to his former position, (gave him back his salvation, put his name back into the book of Life) because the servant asked for mercy. (forgiveness) This servant later had his salvation/forgiveness taken away from him, again, because this servant would not forgive another servant. The servant (Christian) had his name taken out of the book of Life and was sent into Hell because he would not forgive his fellow servant. The Lord says that you must forgive or else you cannot be forgiven.
The parable of the 10 Talents: This parable speaks of the unprofitable servant, the one who produces no fruit, like the seeds which fell among the thorns in the parable of the seeds. They are indeed servants of the master (Jesus).
We are each given a certain amount of "faith" and "gifts of the Spirit" from God when we first come to Him. With the use of these, we will increase in faith when we use it, to save souls, to lay hands on for healing, to pray for others. This will produce not only fruit, but will produce much fruit.
John 15:8 Herein is my father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
The parable of the 10 virgins: Matthew 25:1-13 This one is extremely important. Think on what it is saying!
All ten Virgins (Christians) are actively expecting, and looking for, the Bridegroom (Jesus) to come. (time of the rapture). Those Christians who are not looking for His return at this time, are not there, and so can never enter into the banquet hall with the Bridegroom, because they missed him.
Next, all ten Virgins are called Virgins because they are all pure, undefiled with sin. Those Christians who have outstanding unforgiven sin in their lives will not be there, and so cannot enter into the banquet hall with the Bridegroom.
Note that it says that it is these ten who are told that the Bridegroom is coming now! The Christians who are not there, because they do not expect the return of the Bridegroom yet, or those with outstanding sin, will not hear the cry and so will not be there. They miss the wedding. Because they refuse to believe or hear that the Bridegroom is about to appear.
And Finally, of even those few Virgins, (Christians) only half are actually ready to go with the Bridegroom to the wedding. The rest have something in this world that is holding them back, something on or in this world that they do not want to give up.
This tells us that even though you are a Christian, you still might not make it. There are those who will say that it only proves that those were not Christians and didn't have salvation to start with. But a Christian is one who professes to be a servant of Jesus Christ. And to become a servant of Jesus Christ you have only to believe in your heart that Jesus is God and that He died on the cross for us, for the remission of our sins, asking forgiveness.
Yes, there will be Christians, real Christians, who will find out too late that they did not obey God. Oh, they believed in Jesus all right, and they did live very good lives, and they might have had no sin in their lives for many many years, and then sinned, and refused or neglected to ask for forgiveness. They might be the ones who has sat in that same church pew for the last 50 years, but has produced no fruit, no profit, for the Master, Jesus Christ.
Can you loose your salvation by accident?
I believe that you cannot lose your salvation by accident. God is not sitting there just waiting for one of His Children to make a mistake so that He can swat him. God is long- suffering, patient, loving. He will give you every chance to repent of anything that you do, and will give you forgiveness each and every time that you ask from the heart, just as He has promised in the Bible. You can lose your salvation though, through disobedience, neglect of your spiritual life, pride - being too proud to ask forgiveness, putting off asking forgiveness until you forget you sinned, of just plain turning your back on God and walking away from Him. He will let you go.
In each of the example scriptures above, there are choices. If you do this, you will have salvation! If you do that, or if you stop doing this, then I will send you to Hell. Every one of us has a free will to follow and obey God, (salvation), to follow God for a while then stop following/obeying, (salvation - loss of salvation), to never follow God. (only damnation).
The Bible tells us that it is better for us to never have followed God, than it is to have followed God and then turn away. For the one who never knew God will be punished less than the one who knew God, knowing what is right, and then turning away to do the same as the one who did not know God.
Are these all the scriptures on this subject that is in the Bible? No, Even the Old Testament is full of examples. If you look for them, you will find them.
I know that this is long, but then, short answers are usually no answers at all.