Once again, i am looking for that ATS insight. The question: Can children go to hell for the decisions they make? I've been really stuck on this for
the last week and had this thought several times throughout my life. Personally, i believe hell to be a state of mind and not really the conventional
definition of the word. Allow me to share a few situations to better understand what i am asking.
ex. 1) A child 4 to 6 has a younger sibling that just wont stop crying. The parents are busy attending other household chores and tempararly ignore
the crying of the baby. The 4/6 yr old (intent on figuring a way to hush the little one) curiously puts his hands over the face of the baby and he
suffocates it. The child walks away without understanding what he just did. Who is at fault? baby?child?parents? I think i have my answer, but am more
curious of you think.
ex. 2) A preteen 11 to 14ish is watching a violent movie and wants to try and execute the moves he saw, on a kid in school he doesn't like very much.
So as he went to school the next day he pulls off a decent pile driver and the other kids neck is inadvertantly snapped. The child realizes he was
wrong, and the concept of death is very new to him and he says " I didnt mean to kill him, the guy in the movie didnt die!?!?" who is at fault?
ex. 3) A young adult 16 to 19yrs conforms to a group of bullies and constantly tease a smaller/younger classmate. No one else would dare stand up for
the boy because he was actually a little weird. They would say the meanest things to this kid with the intent of making him cry in front of the other
children. Then 1 day, the bullies approach the child and start their usual routine, only this time the child pulls out a gun. In fear, the bullies
withdraw and to their suprize the child kills himself.
Who is responsible? the bullies? The child for giving in? the person he got the gun from? Just curious.
(continued)let's fast-forward into their 30's. Everyone in their "bully group" have realized the reality and impact of what happened, and become
the most positive, loving, spiritual people you could ever meet, but nobody (that knows them now) would ever guess they were capable of such darkness
in their past. They live with this guilt yet strive to be better people. How do you think they will they be judged?
I am very intrested on your thoughts of these scenarios. I would just like an open mind and ask you to reframe from derailing the thread with the
"Hell isnt real" posts please.
A lot of my focus has been on "ex. 3" -to see the mistakes of a child through the eyes of an adult.
*Disclaimer*I must say these stories are fictional scenarios and certain names and events have been altered to protect the identity of the OPer.
With that said, you may now begin the replies.
[edit on 13-2-2010 by H4W4II4N_PUNCH]