The ink had hardly dried on Christopher Hitchens' death certificate when the religious world breathed a collective sigh of relief. At last their most outspoken critic and nemesis was silenced.
The sigh of the Christian world was particularly loud, and barely expelled, when I was handed a perfect illustration of a point Mr. Hitchens harped on in his relentless opposition of religion and its negative effects on people.
One of my 'friends' on Facebook directed me to a site he found rather humorous. The manager of the site was a sort of devil's advocate, posting comments as though he were the Devil himself, with the purpose, I imagine, of scaring people into Christianity. The site post immediately following the news of Mr. Hitchens' death was all about how pleased the Devil was to receive Mr. Hitchens' soul in Hell and how much all its inhabitants were rejoicing.
Evidently this 'Christian' had not read multiple Biblical texts similar to Proverbs 24:17: "When your enemy has fallen, do not rejoice, and when he is overthrown, let not your heart leap for joy." (Aramaic Bible in Plain English – Pick your own translation. They all say the same thing.)
Since I believe in neither the Devil nor Hell, I have no doubt that Christopher is in that place. And if there were ever an indication that Hell is a purely human invention, it is the fact that so many of those who DO believe in it seem willing to place their perceived enemies there. I was under the impression that such a judgment was left up to God, if He or She exists. Christians especially might do well to note that any person thinking of converting is put off by such attitudes.
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