I'm sitting in Panera ... with my unsweetened iced tea because Timothy and I have foresaken sweets for a week ... and can't help but hear the conversation two guys behind me are having.
It was interesting at first, as one described the culture of "his village" to the other. He talked about medicine, then death, then ... you guessed it, "the Afterlife." They bury people within hours of death because they're in a hurry to get onto the next thing. The white guy muses he probably wouldn't want to delay heaven, "... unless you were out clubbin' all the time and you ... uh ..."
"Well we believe that everyone's got good deeds and bad deeds and if your good deeds out-weigh your bad deeds then you go to heaven. If your bad deeds out-weigh your good deeds, then you're punished for your bad deeds but eventually go to heaven anyway."
That's a new spin on the whole "good deeds" philosophy. Even if you do more bad than good, you still ... after doing time in hell ... get to spend the rest of forever in heaven. Now, not only do you not have to know Christ, you can be a total jerk all your life and not dim the light at the end of the tunnel.
They changed the conversation when I tossed a thoughtful glance over my shoulder. Final word? "Well that makes me feel better ... *beat boxes a club sound-track* Haha."