30th October 2012

“If I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words. I think he would prefer an honest and righteous atheist to a TV preacher whose every word is God, God, God, and whose every deed is foul, foul, foul.”

Isaac Asimov1920 – 1992

6 Responses to “30th October 2012”

  1. Kittie Says:

    My friend says she believes we will only be judged on our righteous acts…

    I was secretly laughing as I wondered where the celestial definition of “righteous act” would be located and who would interpret it….

    I don’t understand how they don’t see how demeaning they are to their god when they beg him to be with them… during the game…lol

  2. R J Says:

    kittie…..

    why dont you ask your friend to define or explain

    the meaning of a ”righteous ” act .

    THEN, ask her WHY she thinks she needs to be judged.

    THEN, ask her why she thinks she believes ANY of that crap.

    THEN go get an ice cream cone or something…..which will

    be a MUCH better use of your time !

  3. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    The “fine linen” is the righteousness or righteous acts or deeds of the saints, who are the bride of Christ.

    It is the saints who have righteous acts.

  4. Jeff Says:

    I don’t know about the Christians, but I can give you the perfect example of a Righteous Gentile: Oskar Schindler, who has been declared such officially. I believe that both Mahatma Gandhi and MLK would qualify as well. Anecdotal evidence might qualify the Buddha, but given the age of the tales, they might well be taken with a LARGE grain of salt, besides which he might just predate Judaism, which might disqualify him.

    However, these were all simply magnificent human beings, and if that doesn’t qualify one, I don’t want anything to do with what they’re selling.

  5. Jeff Says:

    Sorry – the actual title given Mr. Schindler is “Righteous among the Nations” by the State of Israel. BTW, there are two known copies of his list – one in the Israeli Holocaust museum at Yad Vashem, the other in the museum at his WWII factory in Krakow, Poland. Gandhi, MLK and the Buddha would qualify as Righteous Gentiles, but not for this title, which is based upon the concept of the RG, but is only given for actions during the Holocaust.

  6. Kittie Says:

    RJ – I don’t ask because I already know the answer. I also don’t ask because she would not be my friend any longer. I think a glass of wine would be more my style than ice cream.

    Would you care to join me?