An Inuit hunter asked the local missionary priest: “If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?” “No,” said the priest, “not if you did not know.” “Then why,” asked the Inuit earnestly, “did you tell me?”
The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in time of great moral crises maintain their neutrality.
The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make heaven of Hell, and a hell of Heaven.
Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones. I am not afraid.
Travel has no longer any charm for me. I have seen all the foreign countries I want to except heaven & hell & I have only a vague curiosity about one of those.
Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.
“The Bible has noble poetry in it and some clever fables; and some good morals; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies.”