Would you go to hell/be punished for something that is based on another person’s choice?
We already agree that punishment for not following laws is eternal punishment and death. But I have a question or inquiry of who is receiving punishment. Here’s my list:
- a person who has faith and accepted the gospel, but hasn’t witnessed or done community services
- a baby who was misscarried
- a sheltered Muslim girl who was never told about the Bible or the gospel
- a person who was told the gospel but given improper details about the doctorine. (Ex. Mormons, Jehovahs Witnesses, Hebrew Israelites, etc.)
- someone who was re-born into a Christian Faith but later on converted to a non-Christian religion.
- Climate RealistLv 75 months agoBest Answer
We are only held responsible for our own choices. Not our parents choices. Not even Adam and Eve's choice.
"The one who sins is the one who will die. The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them." (Ezekiel 18:20)
But, as for your scenarios;
<A a person who has faith and accepted the gospel, but hasn’t witnessed or done community services>
"So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead." (James 2:17)
<A baby who was misscarried>
Such a baby will have a clean slate on judgement day and will go to Heaven.
<A sheltered Muslim girl who was never told about the Bible or the gospel
<- a person who was told the gospel but given improper details about the doctorine. (Ex. Mormons, Jehovahs Witnesses, Hebrew Israelites, etc.)>
Only God can judge such people. But, as Christians, we have a duty to let them know the truth.
<Someone who was re-born into a Christian Faith but later on converted to a non-Christian religion.>
"If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning." (II Peter 2:20)
- PubliusLv 75 months ago
No. There is no original sin. If there ever had been, the atonement of Christ, being infinite, would have destroyed it. We shall be punished for our own sins, and not for Adam's transgression.
Also, every single one of God's human children shall have a fair chance to hear the gospel of Christ (1 Peter 3:18-20; 4:6) and benefit from it (1 Cor. 15:29). God's love, justice, and mercy are all intact.
- Anonymous5 months ago
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish (apollymi) but have everlasting life.Matthew 25:46
And these will go away into age-to-come age-lasting (aionios) corrective punishment (kolasis), but the righteous into age-to-come eternal (aionios) life.https://godsplanforall.com/free-online-book/part-i...
- 5 months ago
In Christian theology there is what is called "invincible ignorance" and "vincible ignorance". This is like masters degree level theology, but essentially vincible ignorance means it is a guilty ignorance and invincible ignorance means it is a not guilty ignorance. God will determine on the last day who had guilty ignorance or not guilty ignorance. But let's take a baby that dies. Genearlly the age of accountability (also called the age of reason) generally occurs at the age of 7 or 8. There are exceptions to the rule but that is generally the case. That means that a baby cannot commit sins because they do not have the necessary mental faculty. If they do not have the necessary mental faculty that means they can not be held accountable for sins. Sure babies cry, they can grab things when you tell them no, but that isnt' really sinning. A person has to have certain mental faculties to be considered guilty. Our court of law even uses similar standards, for example, they will say "yeah that mentally handicapped guy killed someone but he didn't know what he was doing". Can be a similar concept in moral theology. The more aware you are the more you are held accountable by God. Let's say there is a Muslim guy with a masters degree, he has some Chrsitian friends that explain the Gospel to him and he rejects it. He had 1; capable mental faculty. 2. he had method to understand the truth. 3. he made the choice to deny the truth. That would be considered vincible ignorance (guilty ignorance)
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- 5 months ago
I know we don't need to worry about it because It's a fictional story, but the god of the Bible punishes everyone for the sins of others.
He punishes everyone for the sins of Adam & Eve.
He drowned innocent babies in the flood and slaughtered innocent children and cattle for the sins of the country's leader.
He killed David and Bathsheeba's son for their adultery.
If that god existed, why would you think he would do any differently today?
- 5 months ago
"We already agree that punishment for not following laws is eternal punishment and death."
What's you mean "we," white man?
- Anonymous5 months ago
No - hell is imaginary and doesn't exist.