Posted by: missionventureministries | July 27, 2017

HOW TO TEACH CHILDREN THE BIBLICAL TRUTHS ABOUT HELL – 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9

The Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power. (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9) 

Should a Holy God allow people to continue to sin, mock Him, curse Him and forsake Him? God doesn’t make anyone go to hell – people choose to go to hell. Many religions literally want to take hell out of the Bible, but, just because people don’t like this reality, it doesn’t cease to be the truth. No one thinks they are going to hell until they find themselves there. 

There are many different views and misconceptions about hell. It’s a topic most of us probably try to avoid teaching our children, because we are afraid to cause them fear. We love them too much to upset them, right? But we are missing an important point; which is, that this is exactly what Satan wants. He wants us to keep the thought of hell silent and hidden. 

Think of it this way, if your child is in danger, you would do everything to stop him, right! So why is it that we as parents don’t do everything we can to warn our kids about the danger or going to hell? 

It is important to study and understand this very important reality in the Bible and to be able to explain it to our children and to others. 

The first question your children might ask you is: “If God loves us, why would He want anyone to go to hell?” 

Therefore, it is important to teach your children that God doesn’t want anyone to go to hell. This place is prepared for Satan and his evil angels who rebelled against God in heaven. Hell was never meant for us. But since Adam and Eve disobeyed God by listening to Satan, sin came into the world and now many people choose not to obey God and follow Satan. So hell is the horrific reward that Satan the devil offers to those who sin, rebel, disobey and are his slaves.  

Many people say that there is no hell and that they are just stories or fables. They say that they are saved and are going to heaven, – so we should ask – saved from what? From hell? 

If you believe the Bible, you can’t pick and choose the parts you like or “agree with” to formulate your own version. Yes, God is loving and merciful, but He also talks more in Scripture about hell than He does about heaven. So why aren’t we talking about this subject? And why aren’t we warning not only our children but others as well? 

It might be because we don’t want to scare our children. Hell is frightening because it is a spiritual darkness and separation from God along with everlasting torment.  

Yes, Scripture talks about hell, not because God wants to send us there, but because He’s giving us a warning that it exists! We warn our kids about not touching the hot stove or running out into the busy street, so how much more should we be willing to do whatever it takes to keep them from an eternity in hell? God our heavenly Father warns us of hell. Therefore; as parents we need to tell our children the truth about the existence of hell. 

We can start by telling them the story found in Luke 16:19-31 of the RICH MAN AND LAZARUS.  The rich man lived in luxury while Lazarus lay at the gates of the rich man’s house with sores all over his body. Both men died. Lazarus was taken to heaven while the Rich Man was sent to Hades. As soon as the Rich Man understood his fate, this was his reply: “Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.” 

His FIRST response was to want to share a warning with those he loved. He was experiencing the reality of torment and he did not want his family to end up suffering like he was. 

It would be wonderful if we could protect our kids from knowing about such a terrible place, but it’s a truth they must know. Children need to understand what Jesus did for them on the cross. They need to understand that if they accept Him as their Savior and obey Him, that they can be with Jesus for all eternity when they go to heaven. To explain to them more about heaven please click on the following link: LET’S FIND OUT ABOUT HEAVEN

Clearly many kids who are thinking about hell are worried they will go there. But after explaining the PLAN OF SALVATION to them and letting them know that: If they publicly affirm that Jesus is Lord and believe in their heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, they will be saved.  Because it is by believing in their heart that they are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring their faith that they are saved. 

Also explain to them that if they do something wrong and they immediately ask for forgiveness that no one can “accidentally” lose their salvation and go to hell because the Bible tells us so: “My sheep hear My voice, I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, ever! No one will snatch them out of My hand” – John 10:27-28. 

We need to remember that if people tell us that hell is not real they are calling God a liar. The Bible tells us to not be deceived: “God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows” – Galatians 6:7. 

Please always remember this beautiful promise of hope: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. . .Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him” – John 3:16-17, 36.

 

 

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