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October 2, 2013

Jim Bailey: Atheists in heaven? That would be OK with new pope

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Atheists or agnostics, after all, are merely those who have not found relevance in the belief in a source greater than themselves. For some of them it’s a belief they want to force on everyone before belief in a higher power is forced on them.

But if that higher power is able to reach out and touch, to paraphrase the pope, who am I to tell him (or her) where to go?

Many are called, Scripture says, but few are chosen. But God is patient and merciful. The way I see it, it is not up to the pope to determine who we will see when we finally reach the pearly gates.

Or Pat Robertson. Or the Archbishop of Canterbury. Or the president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Or me. Thank God! I have enough to worry about looking out for myself.

Jim Bailey’s column appears on Thursday. He can be reached by e-mail at jameshenrybailey@earthlink.net.

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