Believing in hope

“A religion that comes of thought, and study, and deliberate conviction, sticks best. The revivalized convert who is scared in the direction of heaven because he sees hell yawn suddenly behind him, not only regains confidence when his scare is over, but is ashamed of himself for being scared, and often becomes more hopelessly and malignantly wicked than he was before.”
Mark Twain – Letter San Francisco Alta California, November 15, 1868

Mark Twain is one of my favorite authors. Although it has been said that he was an atheist at the end of his life (read The Mysterious Stranger), he had much to say about religion that is worth reading.  I only care for heaven, not for the fear of hell or death, but for the hope in seeing the people I love. Otherwise, it doesn’t matter much to me. – Natasha

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