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If people are inherently sinful, do severely mentally challenged people (who are unable to consciously make the decision of accepting Jesus) go to hell?

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Lard Ass Profile
Lard Ass answered

Makes you wonder if there really IS a hell......hmm.....

Corey The Goofyhawk Profile
Corey The Goofyhawk , Epic has no limit, answered

There is the idea of the Age Of Accountability where someone is held personally responsible for accepting or rejecting God. As the Bible doesn't directly talk about this idea, it is unclear when that age is. Many scholars believe it is at age 13, when Jewish children were considered adults. Others believe it is at the age of 20, when Jewish men were allowed to serve in the military. 

Others believe that the Age Of Accountability is when a person is mentally able to understand the difference between right and wrong and be able to choose to accept or reject God. In your scenario, a person that is severely mentally challenged would not be able to understand and therefore would not be sent to Hell. Best of luck to you my friend!

Ancient Hippy Profile
Ancient Hippy answered

Sorta makes you challenge the human writings of the Bible, doesn't it.

Love and Harmony Profile

People are not inherently sinful. That's why if a baby (or any child before he/she reaches puberty) dies, he/she goes straight to Heaven. Because he/she is clean and pure - without sin. Of course, that's something Christians don't believe in. But we Muslims do. We also believe that if a person is mentally ill and cannot make conscious decisions, he/she will not be held accountable for any sins committed on their part. So basically, they go to Heaven.


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Cookie Hill
Cookie Hill commented
Sorry Ann, I see you did not read your bible about what it said about sin and how it is passed on at Psalms 51:5," Behold, I was shaped in iniquity;and in sin did my mother conceive me." All so Romans 5:12 states ,"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men,for that all have sinned." King James Version. So if you read it then you will see clearly what the bible really teaches.
Love and Harmony
Love and Harmony commented
That makes no sense. Good deeds and bad deeds are a result of your actions and your actions only. You don't go to hell because of a sin committed by someone else. Sins are not and cannot be passed down from your parents. Sins are a result of your actions. Characteristics are a part of your personality and come from your genes.
Cookie Hill
Cookie Hill commented
I understand why you do accept what God says sin is, nor how the human race inherit sin.. The bible is gives us the answer at Genesis 3::1-6 Sin and death came into the world and because of that, the disobedience of Adam and Eve, and because of that they passed on their sin which causes sickness and death.. Romans 5:12 " That is why, just as through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin so death spread to all men because they had all sinned ."" It is similar to parents passing on different health problems to their children because of the way they lived their lives, the children born did nothing to inherit those diseases from their parents. Sin works the same way.
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Cookie Roma answered

The bible is clear.  The way to the FATHER (into heaven) is through the SON.  It is also clear that this applies to those who have "reached the age of understanding."  That isn't referring to a chronological age but rather ones mental ability to understand. If a baby, young child, or anyone with any sort of mental in capability were to die, they will, of course go to heaven.

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Tom Jackson answered

No, they don't.

Getting into hell requires the intent to get there and a decision to pursue that end.

Severely mentally challenged people do not have the capacity to make such a choice.

John McCann Profile
John McCann answered

Fallacious assumptions all over the place here.

Sin is strictly a religious concept that has no existence in the real world. 

Accepting jebus is something else that does not impact on the real world.

There is no evidence for a place called hell. So, no good reason to accept such a place.

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sm cl answered

The Bible does not support the hellfire doctrine in any way. The concept of eternal torture is man-made and is completely contradictory to what is acceptable to the Christian God, YHWH. To answer plainly, the severely mentally challenged do not suffer for eternity and neither does anyone else.

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