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DeliciousDemon's Avatar Jump to comment 4 by DeliciousDemon

I couldn't help thinking, watching Richard in discussion with Michael Nazir-Ali on Newsnight the day the poll results were published, that the question I'd like to ask, as Nazir-Ali carried on appropriating the intentions of the claimed '70%' of UK Christians was, "Well, how many of them do you think are 'saved,' how many of them are you expecting to meet again when you ascend to heaven?"

In my experience Christianity doesn't have a fuzzy definition of what a Christian is - all that 'no man cometh unto the kingdom of heaven' stuff is quite clear. The clerics are quite happy to consider all the vague, cultural Christians as in-group when it comes to bolstering their political influence, whilst quietly believing that many if not most of them won't make the grade when it comes to earning a comfortable afterlife.

I don't believe a word of their bullshit, no god, no afterlife, no creator, no holy trinity, noone watching and judging my actions - no celestial surveillance system - but I 'try to be a good person' - can I call myself a Christian? Would it suit Mr Nazir Ali if I were to do so? He sure as hell wouldn't expect me to make it past the pearly gates though.

Not sure I've got made my point as well as I would have liked, but am at work and really ought to be doing something else - hope this makes some kind of sense.

DD

Thu, 01 Mar 2012 14:51:48 UTC | #923460