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Will those who are mentally handicapped and cannot grasp the conditions given in the Bible to be saved go to heaven or hell? If all humans are born with the sinful nature and HAVE to trust in Jesus to forgive their sin, how can they have that understanding if they are mentally handicapped?
You aren’t born in sin, and those with mental handicaps would fall under the same rules as children. In order to obey the gospel, we must have the maturity to:
- Take responsibility for our sins (Acts 3:19).
- Hear and understand the Word of God (Rom 10:17).
- Be responsible for our own spiritual growth (1 Pet 2:1-2).
Children and those with mental disabilities do not have that ability, and God only holds us accountable for what we are able to do (2 Cor 8:11-12).
The teaching that we are born sinful is a Calvinist teaching called ‘Total Depravity’. Total Depravity means that Calvinists believe that everyone is born completely sinful and depraved. A totally depraved human is incapable of doing good or pleasing God. This is completely false. All babies are born without sin and perfect in God’s sight (even David recognized that his dead child was going to be in heaven [2 Sam 12:23]). Sin is not a birthright; it is a choice (Gen 4:6-7, Jas 1:13-15). Humans sin when they choose to do wrong; they are not born in sin.
The false teaching of ‘original sin’ is very common in today’s society. If a congregation teaches that you are born in sin, they are false teachers. Sin is a choice we make in life (Isa 7:15-16), and all humans are born upright and good (Eccl 7:29).
Can it be possible that God did create a beautiful universe but then somehow lost control? Could that be why we see the terrible world in such a mess with no justice or fairness?
This world is full of all sorts of disease, pain, violence, and strife – but God didn’t cause those things; sin did. All bad things are a result of sin. When God made the world, He placed mankind in the Garden of Eden and gave us a joyously blissful existence in that paradise. Who caused the pain? We did. It is sin that has brought all of the death, disease, decay, pain, suffering, troubles, and heartaches into our world. We all, in varying degrees, are reaping the benefits of a world with sin in it. Sickness is a consequence of Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden of Eden. One of the curses of their sin was that we all must face our own mortality – life is finite. Sickness, disease, and pain are a part of the human existence. When God gave us freewill, He gave us the right to cause problems for ourselves and others, and if He simply removed all the consequences for our actions, He would be removing our freedoms as well.
However, God also planned before the foundation of the world to save us by sending His own Son to die (Eph. 1:3-4). Even though He isn’t responsible for our choices, God sent the perfect cure. This world isn’t fair – if it were, it would be heaven. Instead, we live in a fallen world where man has been exiled from paradise. This world is not our home; Christians await a better world (Heb 11:16).
I believe in God, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost. I didn't always, but after having two beautiful, healthy children and seeing so much beauty in the world, I decided it wasn't an accident. I decided that it was all real. My problem is, I'm a huge sinner. I smoke and drink and fight with my mother sometimes. I've had three abortions... one just recently. I can't understand how God or Jesus can forgive me. Is it possible? How do I accept Jesus as they say? I thought I had, but apparently I haven't. I don't know how to. I feel so lost. How do I accept Jesus as my Savior, and what if I keep sinning?
Yes, you can be forgiven. Yes, you do need to start making changes in your life... and yes, we can help.
We recommend two things:
- Read our article "What Must I Do To Be Saved?" to see what the Bible teaches on salvation. Read the verses we reference for yourself (that way you can see that we aren't just making this stuff up!).
- If you feel comfortable, e-mail us back, and we can get you in touch with a congregation near you that can answer your questions, support you as you seek the Lord and make changes in your life, and help you get to heaven. Not all churches are faithful, but we know of many congregations all over the country that will show you what the Bible says and make sure that you get Bible answers for your questions.
We wish you the very best. You are doing the right thing by reaching out, and you are being very courageous in trying to change your life.
I have the most wonderful son in the world; he is seven and has Down syndrome. My question is: after he dies and goes to heaven, will he still have Down syndrome, or will he be like us?
Down syndrome is a body issue, not a soul issue. Your wonderful son is a soul (Gen 2:7); he has a body. When we die, our spirit separates from our body (Jas 2:26). At that moment, your son will never again face the health issues he does now.
In the end times, the Bible says Babylon will be destroyed in an hour. Is America Babylon?
The idea that the Babylon of Rev 18:10 is referring to a current or future nation comes from a wrong understanding of what the book of Revelation is about. The book of Revelation is primarily dealing with events that have already happened. That is what the apostle John said in Rev. 1:1 and Rev. 1:3. Revelation deals with suffering that the church faced in its early history and the perseverance and victory of the church through those trials. If you would like a better understanding of the book of Revelation, we recommend you listen to our sermon series on the topic. It can be found here.