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omit faith and good works

May 14, 2007

I’m sitting in Panera … with my unsweetened iced tea because Timothy and I have foresaken sweets for a week … and can’t help but hear the conversation two guys behind me are having.

It was interesting at first, as one described the culture of “his village” to the other. He talked about medicine, then death, then … you guessed it, “the Afterlife.” They bury people within hours of death because they’re in a hurry to get onto the next thing. The white guy muses he probably wouldn’t want to delay heaven, “… unless you were out clubbin’ all the time and you … uh …”

“Well we believe that everyone’s got good deeds and bad deeds and if your good deeds out-weigh your bad deeds then you go to heaven. If your bad deeds out-weigh your good deeds, then you’re punished for your bad deeds but eventually go to heaven anyway.”

That’s a new spin on the whole “good deeds” philosophy. Even if you do more bad than good, you still … after doing time in hell … get to spend the rest of forever in heaven. Now, not only do you not have to know Christ, you can be a total jerk all your life and not dim the light at the end of the tunnel.

They changed the conversation when I tossed a thoughtful glance over my shoulder. Final word? “Well that makes me feel better … *beat boxes a club sound-track* Haha.”

7 Comments leave one →
  1. davidlramsey permalink
    May 15, 2007 2:29 pm

    You’ve really gotta stop listening to my super cool convos at the P bread, Pa schaaa, pretty cool beat box huh?

  2. The Academy Against Apathy permalink
    May 15, 2007 7:44 pm

    I’m not good at forsaking sweets……………….forgive me?

  3. Lex permalink
    May 15, 2007 9:46 pm

    It’s just a week, Timmy! Four more days. Start over – rededicate for four more days! You volunteered yourself for this, and I’ve been drinking unsweetened iced tea all day. Now, excuse me … I have to use the restroom again.

  4. I Ravish His Heart permalink
    May 16, 2007 5:06 am


  5. The Academy Against Apathy permalink
    May 16, 2007 4:08 pm


  6. Lex permalink
    May 16, 2007 4:38 pm

    weak sauce

  7. Tami permalink
    May 20, 2007 4:27 am

    i don’t think it’s a “new” concept actually. it’s just our old friend purgatory making another unsightly appearance.

    *sigh* I’ve missed Blogger.

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