Q183: What horrible things do you have to do to go to hell?

This one is ‘dead easy’ to answer! The one horrible thing Jesus spoke of was abuse of children and it will surely get you into hell. Sexual abuse of children is ‘murder of the soul’ as one man said to me (he himself was not abused but a close ‘rellie’ was). Sexual abuse damages the soul (your heart, mind and thoughts) and is never erased. Some victims feel so bad, that to get rid of the horrible memories, they suicide.

Jesus said of those who hurt little children: ”It will be terrible for people who cause even one of my little followers to sin” (to stumble or to hurt their conscience). Those people would be better off thrown into the deepest part of the ocean with a heavy stone tied around their necks!” (Matthew 18 : verse 6) Better off than what? Jesus didn’t say. I can only guess: To be drowned in the deepest sea meant death – but worse would be to be tormented alive in hell – and it goes on forever and ever. Children were very precious to Jesus. e.g.: On one occasion some mothers brought their children to Jesus to ask Him to bless them. The disciples, thinking of children as unimportant, wanted to chase them away.

No way! “Once when some mothers were bringing their children to Jesus to bless them, the disciples shooed them away, telling them not to bother Him. But when Jesus saw what was happening he was very much displeased with his disciples and said to them ‘Let the children come to me, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as they. Don’t send them away! I tell you as seriously as I know how that anyone who refuses to come to God as a little child will never be allowed into his kingdom.’ Then he took the children into his arms and placed his hands on their heads and he blessed them.” (That’s in Mark Chapter 10 verses 13 to 16)

‘As seriously as I know how.’ is an unusual emphasis on the words Jesus was saying, so read it again, OK. And I think it is the only place where Jesus was ‘very much displeased with his disciples’. Innocent children are so very special.

Things like child abuse (physical, sexual and emotional abuse) are very high up on the list. That is Jesus talking of children in (Matthew Ch. 18:verse 6) Innocent children…some up to 15 or 16 included. Children don’t know how to fight off an adult and were always very special to Jesus. (If you do not understand ‘physical, sexual and emotional abuse’ find a trusted adult and ask them to explain it all to you. Children cannot imagine just how evil some adults can be.)

Some ordinary means of getting into hell: Be greedy and selfish, be uncaring of others and selfish, be first in line always and selfish, have no time for others, and never help those in need.

Murder, assault, bank robbery, wife-bashing and housebreaking do not help your record when you stand before God on Judgement day. Judgement Day is when we all stand before God and He separates those who were selfish and those who were not. The unselfish ones thought of others who needed help of some sort and did not hold back from giving it. (Matthew 25:verse31- 46)

It could be said that the little things (for others), is very helpful on Judgement day. Murder, bank robbery and theft, etc. are always bad and on the TV. But we will ALL have to answer for the things we did on earth. Remember this: “But if we confess our sins to Him, He can be depended on to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong (and it is perfectly proper for God to do this because Christ died to wash away our sins.)” (That is from John’s First letter Ch.1 Verse 9 (not The Gospel of John.)) We all need forgiveness for the wrong things we do.

So, child abuse is first and carries the harshest penalty. Others are very bad but people can change, be forgiven and avoid hell but emotionally damaged children mostly, cannot be restored. Think upon that, please.

And lastly: ‘Banksters’, big people with power to wring (steal) money from the ‘little’, powerless ordinary people will stand before the Throne of God to answer for their huge, colossal greed that caused so many to be so poor in the GFC (Global Financial Crisis) in 2008.

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The Answerer - Peter Harris, answered children's questions from his many years of teaching "Scripture" classes.
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