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If You Are a Christian and You Sin, Can You Go to Heaven?

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Kids' answers fall into three categories: the smilers, the hopeful and the performers. I call the first group the smilers because Ashley, 9, says: "Yes!! You will definitely go to heaven if you are a Christian and sin!"

The hopeful are represented by Josh, 7: "Yes, you can go to heaven if you sin, but if you sin too much, you might not go to heaven. I hope I go to heaven."

Finally, Kris, 9, represents the performers: "If you ask for forgiveness, yes. If you don't ask for forgiveness, no."

Oh! I almost forgot. There's one more group represented by J.B., 7: "Yes, because I don't know." The people in this group believe their reservations for heaven are secure, but they don't know why.

Both the hopeful and the performers depend upon something they do to secure a place in heaven. When Josh says if Christians sin too much, they might not make it, the question that comes to mind is "How much is too much?"

Can you imagine a pilot announcing to passengers he "hopes" there's enough fuel onboard? Shouldn't we be even more careful about our eternal destination?

Kris is emphatic when she says you must ask God for forgiveness when you sin. Kirsten, 8, concurs and provides an example: "Say I push somebody down, and I did not say I am sorry, God would not forgive me."

Wow! Push somebody down, and you could find yourself down and out forever.

Not so, says Rachel, 9: "Even if you are a Christian and you sin, you will still go to heaven. Once you are saved, you can never be unsaved. God holds you tight in His hand, and no one can pry His hand open."

Rachel was probably thinking of the time Jesus spoke of his sheep, those who have trusted him as their savior: "And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of my hand" (John 10:28).

Besides being kept in the all-powerful hand of the Lord Jesus, Justin, 12, understands the totality of God's forgiveness: "If you are saved, and you really mean it, no sin can turn you from heaven because when God died for you, he died for all your sins, even the ones in the future.

You should ask God for forgiveness."

Why does Justin ask God for forgiveness if all his future sins are forgiven?

Justin understands the difference between entering into a family relationship by birth and enjoying harmony within a family. Justin entered God's family when he trusted Jesus as his savior. The spiritual part of him that had been dead was born into life. A spiritual birth can't be undone any more than a physical one. However, his harmony with God depends what he thinks, says and does. God wants all his children to experience life to the fullest.

Wise children enjoy the blessing of their parents because they obey them. God is the perfect father. He blesses and disciplines his children.

Remember Jesus' story about the prodigal son? Even when the son was wasting his father's inheritance in a distant country, he remained a son — a wayward one but never an orphan.

"If you are a Christian, you will go to heaven," says Austin. "God is in your heart, and he won't leave."

Think about this: Jesus will never leave or forsake his children. Remember this truth: John 10:28 previously quoted. Ask this question: Are you confident of your eternal destination?

Listen to a talking book, download the "Kids Color Me Bible" for free, watch Kid TV Interviews and travel around the world by viewing the "Mission Explorers Streaming Video" at www.KidsTalkAboutGod.org. Bible quotations are from the New King James Version. To find out more about Carey Kinsolving and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

COPYRIGHT 2008 CAREY KINSOLVING

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I totally agree that if you are saved and you kill some one you will still go to heavin because thats not the God we searve.God is so good he sent his only son to die on the cross for are sins he has a ever lasting love for us and he will never give that love away we are his chidren and God made a promis that he will never leave us nor forsake us i belive God he is such an amazing God so if you are saved always remember jhon 3.16 for God so loved the world he gave his only begotin son for hwo ever belives in him sell not pairish but have an ever lasting life.Jhon 3,16 So always remember God loves you more then every thing and when you get to heavin you have to tell God why you did what you did even if you kill steal you still go to heavin so remember your in Gods hands and saintin cant get in you when you have Jesus in your heart and you have Gods ever lasting love.
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Posted by: jadyn
Sat Feb 28, 2009 2:27 PM
I am a 11 year old Christian and I believe I will go to heaven am I scared to go to heck yes, so should you but don't be GOD is the one that will save us from our sins and we all should believe I ask my fiends what they think and they say if you pray for forgiveness you will get it but dont be scared keep god in your head <3 u god
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Posted by: Freeze
Fri Apr 22, 2011 2:37 PM
Re: Freeze I know what you mean
Comment: #3
Posted by: Freeze
Fri Apr 22, 2011 2:40 PM
God Bless!
Comment: #4
Posted by: James
Mon Dec 5, 2011 2:49 PM
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