When thinking of the persecution of Christians going on in Iraq I’ve thought of some of the implications of what we believe that I have a very hard time accepting.
The Bible could not be more clear that those who deny Christ facing persecution will go to Hell. In general, the idea of someone going to Hell because they didn’t die for their faith troubles me. It just doesn’t seem right. But in particular there are some contexts where it seems utterly reprehensible.
Say we have someone in Roman times in their preteen years. They are past the age of accountability and therefore can commit a mortal sin, but obviously they are petrified when they are taken to the Roman authorities. Perhaps they are taken to see their parents being tortured and killed for their faith in Christ. After they see the terrible things that happen to their parents the Roman authorities tell them that they must either deny Christ or they themselves will suffer everything they just saw their parents go through. Petrified, the child denies their faith in Christ in public to the authorities but they still believe in the truth of Christianity. The child is a bad liar so the authorities know that the child still believes in the truth of Christianity although they denied Christ, so they kill the child instead.
Would God be just in sending that child to Hell?