Skip to comments.R.I.P. Christopher Hitchens
Posted on 12/15/2011 9:12:53 PM PST by Arthurio
R.I.P. Christopher Hitchens
December 15, 2011 11:51 P.M. By Daniel Foster Vanity Fair reports that Christopher Hitchens has passed away. Often frustrating, usually provocative, always brilliant. He added to the culture, and the conversation.
Im sure I join many in hoping he is in for a glorious, glorious surprise.
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We aren’t talking about someone that thinks they are smarter than god. We are talking about someone that didn’t believe in god.
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By definition if he didn’t believe in God, then he believed he was smarter than God.
Oh get over it, Hitchens probably would have thought it funny.
R.I.P., Hitch. A formidable intellect (though sometimes galloping in the wrong direction) and a rapier wit.
You may be right, but I hope at the last moment he repented. I have seen it happen several times. It is by grace and shear grace alone that any of us are saved. I have prayed for him, as I am sure his brother Peter has who is a repentant ex atheist.
Sure you do. Your post makes that pretty clear.
The LORD knows many freepers prayed for him. It is with tears that I hear about his death.
I’ll miss The Hitch. I wish I’d had the opportunity to have a few drinks with him. I’ll pray for his soul.
Reportedly, Steve Jobs's last words were
Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.
So someone with a lively, insightful, active mind and spirit is “dead” in your opinion just because he doesn’t abide by the same doigma as you? Christ never asked us to believe in a dogma. I’m open to being convinced otherwise, but I’ve read the New Testament over and over and don’t see that anywhere.
I absolutely agree with this. The irony is that, I felt, Hitchens talked about God more than any writer or political commentator I knew.
I always felt Revelations 3:15-16 has some relevance to this
"'I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!
You ought to have a little more humility. Christopher Hitchens has seen his God face to face. You haven’t.
love him or hate him he always made one think. he will be missed.
We don't know the real reasons why people reject God, though some - maybe Hitchens - make a career out of publicly rejecting him and all those whose lives have been changed by God. It becomes an intellectual pursuit to mock, deride and, even, compete with others of like mind to see who is best at debating those "believers". As one of those believers, it is impossible to imagine ever honestly denying God IS and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him. Yet some will never seek God and for whatever reason will only see the truth when it is too late - when judgment is passed and a sentence of eternal hell is imposed. I shudder to even think of such an eternity. I pray that others who have been influenced by Mr. Hitchens take the time to honestly access what they believe and why they do and that God speaks through the still, small voice, that he IS and can be found if we search for him with all our hearts.
love him or hate him he always made one think. he will be missed.
No, what makes you a prick is acting excited about the possibility that he could have gone to hell.
Christopher pleased me at times. He intrigued me at times. He frustrated me at times. He angered me at times. In the end he left me without his voice, for all time.
I am not amused!
Good-bye Mr. Hitchens.
Re-read that. I never said what you claim. Hitchens IS dead, I don’t pray for those who have already passed on.
So, take you snide little comments elsewhere or learn to read before you attack someone.
The Bible teaches a lot of things, many of which I’m sure you’re just vaguely aware of, completely ignorant of, or do not understand.
Thank you for your reasoned response, drowning out one that is so unnecessary.
R.I.P. Mr. Hitchens.
And it isn’t my job to convince you of anything, that is the Holy Spirit’s job.
FWIW, I am very anti-dogma, Mormonism cured me of that.
Had he ever come across the writings of a dude by the name of Blaise Pascal, of wager fame?
Epitaph of an atheist: “Here lies an atheist. All dressed up and no place to go.”
Jud 1:22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:
Jud 1:23 And others save with fear, pulling [them] out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
I hope he left us some new things to read. My suspicion is that he set a few time bombs to detonate after his passing!
Where are heaven and hell located??
That is wonderful and I'm so glad to hear it.
Thanks for sharing that.
Dear Satan Doll: FO. Chris.
I pray he did have a deathbed conversion, but I doubt he did.
He is responsible for helping my brother to be convinced that Christ was nothing but a scam artist, and that God does not exist.
As for the Vikings, I again pray for them also. I pray they do lose the rest of their games. Better draft choice, and maybe we can finally get some good defensive help, and maybe at least one good Offensive lineman.
Damn! Who is going to take over his excellent work of making fun of Islamists?
I’m sad too. His early demise has been known for a long time, so I held out hope that he would ultimately repent. I see no evidence of it — But we don’t know his final thoughts! The Lord is gracious!!!
I hated much of he stood for, and disagreed with much of what he believed in (although he was a strict anti-totalitarian), but I had to respect his consistency. He was no hypocrite. That alone makes him a better man (God forbid) than the field of candidates we have to vote for this time around.
“Saying that “atheists at least adhere to reason” is about as true as saying that “blondes at least are beautiful.” “
Well, wait I mean is, ever try to debate the existence of God or talk about Jesus to someone who has refused to take a position either way? This is called “volitional ignorance”.
Atheists are at least willing to debate. They are interested in the question of spiritual things. Then all you have to do is show them that the atheist case is extremely weak.
I had the privilege of listening to him give a speech in College sometime around the 08 election. Did I agree with everything he said, no. Still, it was one of the best speakers they had and I respected him for standing up of his beliefs.
During the Q&A session he destroyed some of the liberals arguments, particularly on 9/11, terrorism and Iraq.
Atheists deny the existence of God, so God denies ever knowing those who deny Him, and they are not welcome in to the Kingdom.
I am sorry about your brother. Is he still living? If so there is still time. I will add him to my prayer list if that is OK.
Is that really a serious question, or just a level?
By your own choice, and your own actions, you have already shown God that you find His presence intolerable.
Ergo, you go where there is no God.
That's free will. You get to choose; and you get to experience the consequences of your choice.
Pretty simple, actually.
Sad to say, but to some Christians, the existence of Hell is necessary mainly to give them comfort at the eventual eternal torment of their enemies.
The Dilemma: Heaven for the climate. Hell for the company.
Heartfelt thanks for that encouragement. My entire (living) family are atheists and I pray for them constantly. Sometimes it’s tempting to just give up.
L O L !
I wouldn’t be surprised. He was a thinker. He may not have always come to the right conclusions, but I think he at the very least tried to come down on the right side. That’s more than you can say about 99% of the media players these days.
Honestly, I can’t imagine how anyone looks at the world, nature, and refuses to believe in its Creator. In the same way atheists claim not to believe in God, I don’t believe in atheism. It’s just inconceivable to me, and at some level I think those who call themselves atheists are looking for God, just not finding Him in a material or intellectual way that their minds can accept.
I just don’t see it as my place to judge Hitchins or anyone else. Some we think were pillars of virtue may have been greater sinners in His eyes and judgment. It does tickle me to think that God might think the professed atheism of a Hitchens is less sinful than those who call themselves Christians thinking it’s their place to take on HIS role of judgment. We don’t know. A marvelous mystery of life, and the afterlife.
Either you believe in God’s punishment or you don’t.
That is an excellent response. Too often people get caught up talking about the mercy of God and forget the holiness - justice - of God.
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