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Did My Brother Go To Hell

My brother died at 15 years old. I don't know if he ever asked God into his heart. He was too young to ever think he was going to die. He made mistakes but all in all he was a great guy and I know that if he had more time he would have been able to become a Christian. Do you think he went to hell?

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 ---Kelsie on 3/25/09
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God is merciful. Just pray for his
soul and get on with your life.
---will on 10/31/09

Sounds like you are making excuses for him. "If he had more time he would've...etc. etc." I'm sorry for your loss.

Don't dwell on whether he went to hell or not. Remember the good times that you shared with him.
---amand6348 on 5/17/09

According to the N.T. we should treat people as we would like them to treat us. So even Jesus demands not so much joining a particular religion, but being a good-hearted person. God sees deep into the heart. The Holy Spirit justifies us. He could have and probably did have the Holy Spirit in him, and he probably knew the sins he had committed and probably repented of them. It is older people who should worry more about going to Hell, because they may spend eternity remembering all the times they were warned not to do harm and ignored the warnings.
---frances008 on 4/26/09

At 15 years of old, he was, as someone said below, a child when he died. Jesus loved children and promised that they would go to Heaven. Unless we are like children, we will never get into Heaven. Please, Kelsie, don't waste time and tears worrying, I am sure he is in Heaven.
---frances008 on 4/26/09

Kelsie, I am sorry your brother died. God knows whether he was good or evil, and at 15 years old I don't think he had time to get into anything too evil. Remember Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world. Don't put so much importance on whether people become Christian. You will see in Matthew's gospel and Revelation that it is whether you were a good person or an evil person that counts. Evil is to disbelieve in God and to reject good. If you don't know where he went, then I am pretty certain he is in Heaven. The O.T. also emphasizes justice and mercy not whether or not you are in the right religion.
---frances008 on 4/26/09

Kelsie, no, your brother did not in to hell. The only people Jesus said would be punished were those who ignored people in need, and those who made doctrine more important than conduct.
---JohnnyB on 4/26/09

Oh, ofcourse, yes! How do you know that he would have become a Christian? Only God can know these things. The main beauty of Christianity is, it is the only religion in-which God comes to person, and not the otherway around. You cannot do anything about the demise of your brother. However, if you are saved, you can go on and live your life in service to the living God. Make your life COUNT FOR SOMETHING. Serve God. And have a good week!
---catherine on 4/26/09

I'm sorry for your loss. You must love your brother very much. God loves him very much too. According to Paul, the gospel is that Jesus Christ was crucified & rose from the dead. If your brother believed that statement to be true, then God's word assures you he isn't condemned: "he that believeth on Him [Jesus] is not condemned." John 3,18 Your brother was under 21, legally he was still a child. Children do not go to hell. I pray God gives you peace of mind, "for if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also who sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him." 1 Thess.4:14 BarbaraLynne
---Barbara on 4/24/09

I am sorry for your loss, and for your grieving over this question. All I can say is that no man can give you that answer that you seek because we are not the one who judges. If your brother did accept Christ it would be a positive answer. But since you dont know if he did or not then it is simply a decision that will be made by a very loving Father....Trust in HIM and HIS JUDGEMENT....God is fair and His judgements are as well...
God Bless!
---Rev._Daniel on 4/4/09

My baby brother passed away in 1991. A lady sent me a sympathy card and when I read it the most peaceful feeling came over me. I knew that he was with God at that time and nobody could tell me otherwise.
---t on 4/3/09

Hi Kelsie, I don't know the answers but I am just soooooooo very sorry about your brother, honey. :( My brother died when I was young too, it is an excruciating loss and my prayers are with you, love and hugs in Christ, Mary
---Mary on 3/30/09

"Do you think he went to hell?"
That would depend upon how you are defining "hell".
If as in the state of departed souls, yes, we are all destined for that state of inanimation and non awareness.
If as in a time of mental and/or emotional distress, no. That time, for him, has pasted, for his thoughts and emotions have ceased.
If As in the lake of fire, no. No one has been condemn to the lake of fire other than Satan and that is yet future.
---Josef on 3/28/09

Beloved. Pease do not torture yourself with questions of this kind. No one knows for sure. We are not God. The final judgement rest with God and God alone. This is why it is good to be born again asap because the young or leaving here as well as the old,these days. Some things we just don't have the answer to. This is one of them. I pray for your peace and comfort about this issue. May your brother RIP....
---Robyn on 3/28/09

We can not say that some one went to hell after they died, because God is the only righteous judge to know this. Even though your brother didn't accept Jesus in his life, maybe he thought about the Lord and asked for forgiveness just before he past away. Jesus forgave a person who hanged by him on the cross and told him that he will be in paradise. Also, there is going to be a judgement day when every one will give an account of what they did in life: good or bad.
---Elena on 3/27/09

"Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, because as He is, so are we in this world." (1 John 4:17) So, here I get that my reason for "boldness in the day of judgment" is that God has changed me to become "as He is . . . in this world." If I have done a WORK of saying a prayer to Jesus, but have not been changed into His image of how He is loving . . . "in this world", John says plainly . . . then I need to SUBMIT to God our Father for how He CORRECTS me, "that we may be partakers of His holiness." (Hebrews 12:10). Without holiness, "no one will see the Lord." (Hebrews 12:14. Wishfulness won't work.
---Bill_bila5659 on 3/27/09

Your brother's destination after death is totally dependent upon what him. If he repented and accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior before he died, he went to Heaven. If he did not, you know where he is. There are only two choices. Regarding what Samuel said, if there were no hell, Jesus would not have gone there and taken the keys. He also would not have told the story of the rich man and Lazarus.
---SusieB on 3/26/09

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Kelsie, please read 1 Timothy 2:4, 1 Timothy 4:10, 1 Corinthians 15:27,28, Philippians 2:9-11. Your brother will not burn in hell forever. It is God's plan, as he said specifically in 1 Timothy 4:10, to save the whole human race. That includes everyone. God bless you richly!
---JohnnyB on 3/26/09

First I do not believe the Bible teaches an eternal place of torture for the wicked. To me the Bible says the dead are now asleep.

Now we all will face judgement. But we need to remeber that the GOD who judges us loves us. He does not want any to be lost. He will judge with perfect judgment. Trust your brother to Him.
---Samuel on 3/26/09

Kelly: That is a question that nobody can answer 'cause we don't know the answer. He was at the age of accountability knowing right from wrong. So he was old enough to accept Christ in his heart. As far if he did accept Christ, we don't know. I would love to say yes, but I could be wrong. The only thing I can tell you is to ask God to reveal to you where his future lies and maybe God will show you in a dream or a vision or through his word.
---Rebecca_D on 3/26/09

By age 15, it had been made very clear to me that I could die, at any time, and so I needed to always be ready to die so I would pass judgment. But I know a Bible preaching pastor who can correct me by God's word but one of his teenage kids is playing himself for a fool. I'd say one's own character decides if he or she is taking reality seriously or not. We can feel there couldn't be anything wrong with someone who we love. But our fifty-percent divorce rate shows how reliable human love is for evaluating another person. A number of habitual predators have sisters who say they are the greatest guys in the world. They charmed them, I guess. Wishfulness won't count, on the day of judgment.
---Bill_bila5659 on 3/26/09

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At the cross, The Lord retrieved a "host of captives" (repentant prisoners) because all before Him never HAD THE CHANCE to accept His son (Israel didn't know Jesus as our sabbath "REST"). The Lord knows who would love Him. There are some people who have full and complete knowledge of Jesus's TRUTH, yet REJECT Him because they are bloodthirsty scoundrels at heart, and some who have never been fully AND HEARTFULLY CONVINCED/exposed to His complete truth. The Lord knows which is which.

Ephesians 4:8
"He led a host of captives".

Hebrews 4:5
"They shall never enter my rest" (will not know Jesus in their lifetime).

Leave your brother to God. your brother is in the best hands possible.
---more_excellent_way on 3/26/09

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