I got a question from a youth on Facebook today. I thought it was a good question, and hope that I did a good job of answering it. Anyway, I thought I would share it with you. Well I know you're a man with a good philosophy on aspects of religion, so I have a question for you. At my youth group, we started talking about death, and I proposed the question, "why does God let teenagers die, that have not yet repented, but could have done it later in their life, if they hadn't died at an early age?". I never really got a full answer and its bugging me.
That is a good question.
My initial thoughts on the matter are that God is just and in whatever He does He does right.
That question could, for some people anyway, be used to try to say that God isn't just or isn't fair. And taken from one perspective it doesn't seem right or fair. But, we have to consider that no one deserves the privilege of salvation. What we all deserve is death and hell.
So, being able to repent from our sinful ways, and trust in Christ as our Savior is something we don't deserve, but it is instead something we have been given by God's grace.
As the Newsboys said in a song some time back, "When we get what we don't deserve it's a real good thing."
So, it's completely fair to the people that died young that they weren't given longer, because it would still be fair if they were never given that chance.
But, that doesn't really answer your question. As for your question, as to why God allows teenagers to die when they have not yet repented, that one is a bit harder.
My belief is that God knows who will repent and trust in Him. It's by the Holy Spirit that someone is able to repent, the Holy Spirit regenerates a person's heart to lead them to repentance. So God knows in advance who will repent. If a person is allowed to die prior to repentance He knows that.
With that in mind I think if a person is allowed to die young then they wouldn't repent regardless of how much opportunity they were given.
While, I don't know all of this for certain it is the understanding I come to from studying the bible. What I do know is what I said at the beginning, God is just and righteous. He can do no wrong. So, when something like this happens we need to trust that the Creator of the Universe, our Lord and Savior, knows what He is doing.Do you agree with this answer? How would you answer the question?