The answer is yes. In the beginning Adam walked and talked and fellowshipped with God every day. That was how God intended life to be for every person ever born; to actually know God personally. Unfortunately, Adam sinned when he disobeyed God’s one and only rule. Sin then separated man from God.
The “ good news” is that placing one’s trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord restores that relationship so a person can actually know God personally. God has a wonderful, exciting plan for everyone’s life.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11 – ESV)
Life’s grandest adventure is discovering that plan and living it to the ‘Max’. There is only one way to God. There is no path as some religions claim. Jesus said,
I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father (God) except through me. (John 14:6 – ESV)
God is a personal God. He desires relationships with his creation. He has given man the free will to say I want to know you or I don’t. The choice is personal. The choice is ours. The choice is yours. Choose wisely.
These terms come up regularly in our secular world and it can be confusing to distinguish between them. In short, atheists are the ‘attack dogs’ targeting Christianity in the world today while agnostics are generally passive resistors.
An Atheist believes positively that there is no GOD, no SUPERNATURAL, and that there is just life on this earth and then nothing. In other words, when it’s over its over. Hence, if God does not exist, then there can be no divine or outside moral compass to live by. They believe we humans are simply products of random chemical processes and natural selection, called the evolutionary theory, ET. The implications of this belief are far reaching, as one no longer has a divine purpose for living or behaving.
Atheism is growing in popularity in America due to the influence of our liberal progressive culture and the aggressive tactics of the Freedom from Religion Foundation. ET is being taught in colleges and many new books are being written and are on the best sellers list. Their content is very untrue and misleading as evidenced by the Bible, creation itself, billions of changed lives in Christ and now so much more evidence of an Intelligent designer, God.
Atheists decide not to believe in God so in effect they can be their own god setting their own standards of morality and ‘hope’ that there is no judgment day. As such, for them men and women are not any better than the animals. They do not believe they are sinners in need of a savior.
The joy of living in Christ is simply missing in their lives. So, they live experiencing temporary happiness but never find true peace, grace and unconditional love that only is found in a personal relationship with Christ.
Agnostics say, “I’m not sure whether there is a God or not.” Hence, agnostics are generally looking and searching and can sometimes be open to discussions on the subjects of God and Faith.
How great it is to know Jesus the Savior and the certainty of eternal life. Do you know HIM? You can. Just ask. He is waiting for you.
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This is a very profound and insightful question which has been asked for generations. It is NOT directly and clearly addressed in Scripture and so we will present separately the following arguments for YES and then for WE DON’T KNOW positions.
First the rationale for, YES:
The age of awareness is when we have the ability to distinguish good from evil. In Deut1:39 ( Old Testament) the children were allowed to enter the Promised Land. The adults that had not trusted God did not get to enter. Young children have not rejected God’s revelation as they aren’t aware of it. Hence, one who has not rejected the Word of God will be saved. God who is merciful and loving can be trusted to do what is right, just and fair.
Jesus blessed ‘little children’. He even said, “Such is the Kingdom of Heaven.” He certainly would never bless someone going to Hell. The root question is, does God treat willful knowledgeable disobedient sin differently from our inherited sin nature from Adam?
Second the rational for, WE DON’T KNOW:
There is only ONE WAY TO HEAVEN …TRUST IN CHRIST. Jesus said, ”I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through ME.” All [which would include children ] have sinned and come short of the Glory of God.
When a child reaches the age of accountability (i.e. the age of innocence is over, which varies for each one), then they are aware of their need for a savior. Children as young as 4 or 5 have been known to pray to invite Jesus into their lives and receive the assurance that they have heaven as their eternal destination.
In summary, we all like to believe and hope for the YES answer of course and that is most likely the case. However, we can absolutely trust a loving and merciful God to judge fairly the ‘little children’. That is what we should do also, trust God.
These are two of the greatest mysteries of life. The answer to the first question is partly based on medical evidence or the lack of it as the soul cannot be found within the physical body. We get some clues as to what faculties or components of a person could be eternal and reside in the soul from Jesus’ words in Luke 10:27.
When Jesus was asked, “What is the greatest commandment?” He answered, “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind.” These components are what appear to constitute the total you. Simply stated, you are your soul and have a body.
It is therefore most likely that at least your mind and heart (your personality/emotions) are distinct parts of your being and components of your soul. Other elements of the soul are believed to be the will, conscience, intuition, beliefs and perhaps sense of curiosity. The soul uses the senses to experience the external world. Some people who have had out of body experiences have reported to have the senses of both sight and hearing.
The Bible states that when your body dies, as all will, those who have put their faith and trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior will never die (John 11:26). In fact, believers are promised a new glorious body suited for eternity that will never die. The implication is that your eternal soul with it’s timeless components will survive physical death and be placed into that new glorious body. (Philippians 3:21). Sounds pretty exciting but only if Jesus is your Savior. Is He? If not, why not?