Testimonies Of Infidels
Clarence Darrow, agnostic evolution attorney: If I were a young man graduating from college this year, I would chuck it all and commit suicide, for life is not worth living. Gentlemen, I have written and spoken many things against God and the churches during my lifetime. Now I wish I hadn*t. For I realize it is entirely possible that I may have been wrong. So I should like to ask a final favor . . . that each of you intercede for me with the Almighty.
Caesar Borgia: I have provided in the course of my life for everything except death; and now alas! I am to die entirely unprepared.
Sir Thomas Scott: Until this moment I thought there was neither God nor hell. Now I know and feel there are both, and I am doomed to perdition by the just judgment of the Almighty.
Apostate Clergyman Tallyrand: I*m suffering the pangs of the damned.
Bertrand Russell: The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell.
John Donne: Death is the great leveler.
Wilson Mizner: I want a Priest, a Rabbi and a Protestant Clergy. I want to hedge my bets.
Billy Joel, Rock Musician: They say there*s a Heaven for those who wait, some say its better but I*d say it ain*t. I*d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints, the sinners are much more fun . . .
60s Rock Group, Blood Sweat and Tears: I swear there ain*t no heaven, but I pray there ain*t no Hell.
Voltaire, Atheist: O Christ! O Lord Jesus! . . . I must die . . . abandoned of God and men.
Napoleon Bonaparte: I die before my time, and my body will be given back to the earth to become food for worms. Such is the fate of him who has been called the great Napoleon. What an abyss lies between my deep misery and the eternal kingdom of Christ. Superficial minds see a resemblance between Christ and the founders of empires and the gods of other religions. That resemblance does not exist. . . . There is between Christianity and whatever other religions the distance of infinity.
Edward Gibbon, Infidel Historian: All is now lost . . . finally, irrecoverably lost. All is dark and doubtful.
Sir Francis Newport, Infidel: Would you be informed why I am become a skeleton in three or four days? It is because I despised my Maker and denied my Redeemer. I joined myself to the atheist and profane and continued this course, in spite of many convictions, till my iniquity was ripe for vengeance. The just judgment of God overtook me while my security was the greatest and the checks of my conscience were the least . . . Oh, the insufferable pangs of Hell!
Anonymous Atheist: There is one thing that mars all the pleasure of my life. I am afraid the Bible is true. If I could only know for a certainty that death is an eternal sleep, I should be happy. But here is what pierces my soul . . . if the Bible is true, I am lost forever.