In Phoenix, Arizona 24-year-old mother of two Esther Callejas decided the world was too wicked for her kids and took matters into her own hands to guarantee their safety:
A Phoenix mother gunned down her 2-year-old daughter and critically wounded her 6-year-old son in hopes they could “go to heaven,” police said Thursday.
Esther Callejas, 24, called her husband and other family members on Monday to say she had shot the children, Phoenix police Sgt. Ann Justus said in a statement.Source: NBC NEws
Mom admitted to shooting the kids because, and I quote, “she wanted them to go to heaven. She told detectives she planned on killing herself after, but she was unable to reload the gun.” The two-year-old daughter didn’t survive the shooting.
Honestly, with as much as Christian leaders like to carry on about how horrible a place the Earth is and how amazingly wonderfully amazing Heaven is, I’m surprised this sort of thing doesn’t happen more often among the True Believers™. We won’t bother to mention the fact that the father of the children suspected his wife was having issues back on September 14th so he called the police to do a welfare check on them and yet he apparently left a loaded gun someplace his wife could easily get to.
But, hey, at least one of the kids made it to Heaven so at least she’s in a better place now, right? Isn’t that what Christians like to say when someone dies? Of course, that’s only if you buy into the concept of the Age of Accountability. The idea that, because babies and children are not capable of making informed decisions about whether or not to accept Jesus Christ as their savior, that God will grant them a pass and let them into Heaven if they die before reaching the Age of Accountability. Which is 13 by many people’s standards.
The problem, of course, is that the Bible doesn’t literally say anything about the Age of Accountability being a thing. It’s a concept some Christians came up with to answer the question of: “What happens to the babies who die before they are ever capable of accepting Jesus as their savior? Do they go to Hell? After all, all humans are born in sin.” Presumably, Hell is the fate of all people who die without accepting Jesus regardless of whether they had ever heard of him or weren’t capable of believing in him which makes God look unjust and unkind and you can’t fucking have that, now can you?
So, some folks latched on to a couple passages in the Bible that seemed to suggest that babies, at least, got a free pass. The most popular one being 2 Samuel 12:21–23. This requires some pretext. Ya see, King David fathered a child with Bathsheba after knocking off her husband and that pissed God off because God had already given David a shit ton of other pussy and his master’s house so God decides the kid has to die. God kills the kid, who hadn’t had the opportunity to commit his own sins, to punish David, who had committed the sin of Adultery even though he had added Bathsheba to his collection of wives.
Honestly, it’s not easy to follow God’s reasoning here because it’s not like David wasn’t fucking a lot of other women. He had six other wives and an untold number of concubines at the time; seemingly with God’s blessing and approval.
Anyway, King David stops fasting and praying for the kid as soon as he kicks off his mortal coil and his servants are appalled. David basically tells them there’s no point in fasting and praying once the kid is dead because God isn’t going to send him back and he’ll see him in Heaven some day anyway and, besides, he’s got a whole lot more fuckery he needs to get to. It’s not like King David didn’t have enough kids in the end anyway with something on the order of 20 or so, including four with Bathsheba. Whom he apparently got to keep even though he pissed off God by getting involved with her in the first fucking place.
The point is that a lot of Christians buy into the Age of Accountability thing based on flimsy passages like where King David says he’ll see his dead son in Heaven someday. So when one of them takes the actions that Esther Callejas did to protect her kids from Hell, it shouldn’t be too surprising. If anything, you’d think other Christians would laud her for it. You have to really love your kids to send yourself straight to Hell to make certain they get into Heaven, right? That’s some Jesus-level love right there. Except, you know, Jesus didn’t actually go to Hell in spite of some translations saying that he did. Biblically, Jesus’ suffering ended as soon as he died on the cross and that was enough to absolve mankind, blah blah blah blah blah. Whatever, it’s nonsense and fodder for a different entry.
Don’t kill your kids, folks. Even if you think they’ll go straight to Heaven. God might allow it, but the rest of us frown on that bullshit.