Do Children Ever Go to Hell?
GOOD NEWS! God does not desire for you to go to hell when you die. Now, let’s go back to the beginning.
When Satan (the devil) decided that he wanted to be in charge of everything and started to disobey God, he was ejected from heaven and sent to live on Earth. He is being allowed to stay here for now so that God will know which people will choose to obey Him, and which people will choose to obey Satan. Then, at some future time that hasn’t come yet, God will send Satan to the place of punishment that He prepared for him, which is very hot and contains a lake of burning sulfur.
You might have heard that, because people have disobeyed God and done the wrong thing at least some of the time, people might also receive the same punishment as Satan. But, like we’ve said before, there is good news, and that news is God loves you very, very much. After all, he very lovingly created you for a very special purpose. He thinks of you as His child, as He also thinks of everyone else as His children. Therefore, He is very forgiving of the things that you do wrong. He understands that it is very hard to resist sometimes when the devil tempts you to obey him instead of God.
Now, since sin (doing wrong things) must be punished, God made a way to keep you from having to be punished. Again, He did this because He loves you. What God did was send His son, Jesus Christ, to be punished for you by being nailed to a cross and allowed to hang there until he died. All you have to do is admit that you have done the wrong things sometimes, even though you knew better, believe that Jesus took your punishment for you, and then let Jesus take control of your life. If you ask Jesus to come into your heart (the center of your life), God will forgive you, will send the Holy Spirit to live inside of you and guide you, and will promise that you will be in heaven when you die. In other words, in order for God to forgive you, you must accept Jesus’ death as payment for your sins. If you do that, you WILL NOT go to hell.
To learn how to ask Jesus to come into your heart, go to the menu on the left side of this page and click on “Ask Jesus In.” You also might be interested in reading “Who Is the Devil?” which you can find by going to the menu and clicking on “About God.”
P.S. Where is hell? Several Bible verses, as well as the visions that several people have had, indicate that it is located in the center of the earth. You probably have learned in school that Earth's core is made of very hot, molten rock. Just watch a volcano erupt to see evidence of that. So, as far as we can determine, the lake that burns with fire and brimstone (molten sulfur) appears to be "down there."
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