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 Asimov
Number 10 on the list. Yes, yes, yes and yes. Here in SA
over the last year or two a farmer from Greytown has become famous for his religious preachings, doing tours and managing to pack sports stadiums full of people at his events.
Last year a conference for men held on his farm called the Mighty Men Conference drew 60 000 men (yes, sixty thousand). This year the expected turnout will be 250 000.
Something he loves repeating in his "sermons" is that good people do not go to heaven, only religious people do.
Excuse me? I know plenty wifebeaters, drunks and cheats that sit in church every Sunday. Then again, I know people that are not religious that would give you the shirt off their backs.
Just recently a well-known retired sports star in SA
that has been proclaiming his Christianity and is married to a well-known singer has been caught on video sniffing drugs and having sex with a prostitute. Since this story broke other women have also come forward claiming that he had sex with them while married to his current wife, one of them also a well known figure in athletic circles.
I may also say that this guy and the singer started their affair while he was still married to his first wife.
Does he really expect me to believe that God, if He exists, will overlook the person that has led a good life and has helped others in favour of a criminal and cheater as in the above example that goes to church every Sunday?
And the sad part is that a large group of people in this country buys this man's bullshit.
The preacher's name is Angus Buchan if anyone wants to google his name.