At the end of the day, rebel Nate who is a man of the flesh according to the Bible, cannot get it into his head the the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. The child crying over a fear of hell is exactly what is intended by the plain language of the scriptures.
There it is in print. The Bible, read literally, is a very, very bad influence. This is as plain as we could expect any Christian to be. God wants us to scare little children the way Nate… and I… were scared by our respective religious indoctrinations.
Hell can be sugar coated, ignored, or reinvented, but the simple fact shines through in the mind of a child: This horrible, awful punishment awaits me if I do not believe things which appear to be false.