What happens to children when they die – will they go to hell?

One view is that we all carry what Augustine called “original sin.” This would mean that even children carry the full load of Adam’s sin. For which they will have to bear the consequences. This, for many, doesn’t seem fair.

However, there is another view.

The other view, from the Athanasian school, which precedes Augustine, is that Adam bears the guilt of his own sin and humanity only has to live in a world that participates in the deadly consequences of his sin.

We are not responsible for his sin, but we are born into a broken world that Adam initiated.

This means each of us is prone to sin because of the circumstances of death and destruction initiated by Adam.

In this view we are all born into a world of inescapable accumulated sin. And since Adam, each one of us is contributing to this mess.

By this rendering of the fall, infants are not born carrying Adam’s sin for no fault of theirs. And they haven’t contributed to the mess Adam initiated. So hell is out of  question for children who die.

Rather, like Jesus said, unless you become like one of these little children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.

What do you think?

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Daniel Thejus (Bobby)

Dr Daniel Thejus (Bobby) is an Adjunct Speaker with Life Focus Society. After completing his undergraduate course in Economics, Politics and Sociology, heeding the advice of a Jesuit novice, he completed his Masters in Philosophy earning a gold medal from Madras Christian College. His passion to understand the times led him to do a Ph.D. from Madras University where his research focused on Amartya Sen’s idea of Justice, Identity and Democracy. His interest in Theology peaked with an MLitt in Analytic and Exegetical Theology from St. Andrews University, Scotland. Apart from his research interests, he is interested in speaking about the interaction between eastern philosophies and theology. Bobby enjoys interacting with people in any setting. His interests range from popular culture, human flourishing, justice to philosophy. Bobby is married to Ruhamah, and they currently live with their two young children in Scotland.

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