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It seems unfair that young people could die and not go to heaven because they didn't know God when they only lived for a short time.
Thank you for asking this sensitive question regarding the death of young people. It is sad to think that young people, including children, die at an early age; especially those that seemed in the prime of life.
It is a sad fact that we will all die at some point. The bible tells us in Hebrews 9:27 that people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgement. As we live in a fallen world, sin and death are a part of our reality. We can see pain, injury and illness all leading to death, and this can lead us to grief and wonder why a loving God would allow people to suffer.
We believe that God has a plan for all people, and it is not within his desire for people to suffer. He loves everyone and has our best interest at heart, even though in our sin we have gone away from his plan. The bible talks repeatedly of the love of God, and there are many blessings mentioned by the writers, such as Paul in Romans 15:13: may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. We should also remember that God has not created a person to live for a few years, but that we were made for eternity; we were made to be with God in heaven. It is not his desire that people should perish, but that they should have everlasting life.
We do not know what goes through any person's mind and heart in the last few moments of their life, and the great hope we have in Christ Jesus is that everyone has an opportunity to be with him in heaven with Romans 10:13 giving us a great hope, saying "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved". It is possible that there are people you called friends that are spending their time in the presence of God because of a decision they made during their life. The question for you however is will you be there yourself?
We believe that every person, regardless of age, needs to make a commitment in recognition of their need of Jesus. Through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, we are able to have access to heaven and to God. Jesus himself told us "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not die but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). Salvation is available to you as the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus (Romans 6:23). 2 Peter 3:9 tells us of God's thoughts, being that He is not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: Watch the video
In summary, it is a sad fact of life that we all at some point will die due to sin and death being in our world. We believe that God does not want us to suffer nor perish, but to be with him forever in heaven. The question that every person must ask is 'will I be there?'. This question too needs to be asked of yourself; whether or not you yourself will be in heaven when you die. It is our hope that you will put your trust in Jesus.
Here are some more Bible Verses for your further consideration:
- Isaiah 57:1-2
- 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
- 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10
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*Taken From The New King James Version of the Holy Bible unless stated otherwise
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