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Featured What is the Age of Accountability?

Discussion in 'General Theology' started by jimmyjimmy, Jul 16, 2017.

  1. jimmyjimmy

    jimmyjimmy Pardoned Rebel Supporter

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    How old is a person who is "accountable", if you believe there is such an age.

    Also, if a person dies one hour after he reaches this age, whatever it may be, and he is not a Christian, is he condemned?
     
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  2. HereIStand

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    Difficult question. We are all accountable from birth, but God grants salvation to those too young (or mentally impaired) to grasp it. Based on this article, "the age of reason and account-ability, according to medieval theology, was seven."
     
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  3. JESUS=G.O.A.T

    JESUS=G.O.A.T Well-Known Member

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    Accountable in general or just when it comes to like your salvation/relationship with God?
     
  4. jimmyjimmy

    jimmyjimmy Pardoned Rebel Supporter

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    Is there a difference?
     
  5. JESUS=G.O.A.T

    JESUS=G.O.A.T Well-Known Member

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    IN general= insurance, housing, maybe car payments, phone bills +God/salvation

    just God= just God stuff/salvation


    so yeah lol
     
  6. jimmyjimmy

    jimmyjimmy Pardoned Rebel Supporter

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    Why not just name both, then?
     
  7. JESUS=G.O.A.T

    JESUS=G.O.A.T Well-Known Member

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    I was just checking with you since you're the Op. I didn't want to go off topic but I you want both I'll provide answer with both in a sec or my take on it. Just wanted to make sure you weren't looking for something specific
     
  8. Albion

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    6 or 7, but as you see, there are two competing answers that people will give to this question.
     
  9. jimmyjimmy

    jimmyjimmy Pardoned Rebel Supporter

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    Got it. Thanks.

    I'm looking for the God one.
     
  10. jimmyjimmy

    jimmyjimmy Pardoned Rebel Supporter

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    Two competing answers?! I'll bet you there are 200 competing answers before long. ;)
     
  11. Gracia Singh

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    This may sound odd, but I've always felt that for a young person, there was something special about the age of 12. Jairus' daughter, Christ found in the Temple.
     
  12. jimmyjimmy

    jimmyjimmy Pardoned Rebel Supporter

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    Ok. Thanks.
     
  13. Albion

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    What I was referring to is 1) the age at which a person is thought to be old enough to sin, i.e. to understand the difference between right and wrong, versus 2) the age at which a person is presumed to be old enough to make an informed decision for Christ. I was referring to the first of these in my reply.
     
  14. jimmyjimmy

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    I know, and I know. My answer stands.
     
  15. JESUS=G.O.A.T

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    For the just in general one I would say age 18


    Now when it comes to the God one I wouldn't say there's an age at all becuase people learn at different rates. For example My assistant head pastor was talking to me about his daughter and i've met her a few times and she's been going to a private christian school, becuase of this she knows more about God and she is smarter than many girls her age.

    When someone knows what it takes to be saved and knows what they must do that's when they are held accountable is my answer. But yeah I listen to a youtuber for example yapa 238 he got saved at the age of 4 years old. When I was a kid I had a sunday school teacher who got saved at the age of 7. I got saved at the age of 17 or so, my point is some learn what it takes at an early age around 7 or so and some don't and some simply aren't the brightest kids at 7 years old, IK I wasn't a bright kid at a young age so I didn't really understand God and all that stuff.


    So yeah in conclusion it's when you know lets say you understand enough about God and know what it takes to be saved. For most and for myself that's not until you hit your teens really but as I pointed out for some it's at an early age.
     
  16. Albion

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    There are going to be 200 different views expressed about these two versions of the 'age of accountability?'
     
  17. jimmyjimmy

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    So, we don't know?
     
  18. jimmyjimmy

    jimmyjimmy Pardoned Rebel Supporter

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    Is this your first day on CF? ;)
     
  19. JESUS=G.O.A.T

    JESUS=G.O.A.T Well-Known Member

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    Eh you almost have my answer wrapped up.


    We don't know when someone will understand God and what it takes to be saved, but once they understand this we then know that they can be held accountable whether that's the age of 7,9,10,12,15,17,14 etc.
     
  20. jimmyjimmy

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    OK. So, if an 18 year old dies, we can't assume he is accountable to God for his life ?
     
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