Setting: Houston Texas mid 80's A Private Baptist school: a group of 3rd graders sit on the floor in a Baptist school bible class
The Bible teacher is a small dark haired man with a mustache. He looks kindly and lighthearted. What he’s saying is, however not lighthearted nor kindly
He’s explaining to the children all about god and life and death and heaven and hell
The children look rapt, understanding that this man is talking about very important things - accepting, that because he has the gall to speak with authority that he wasntelling the truth because they were told soThat this man has this knowledge to impart.
Except one girl. The smallest kid, a little dark haired girl isn’t sitting like the other kids, she’s laying on the floor, propped up on her elbows, looking incredulously from the teacher, to her peers, remembering how the Bible teacher ~ after telling the class last week about eternity, couldn’t actually answer one question regarding Eternity,,, (the concept of which baffled and haunted her ever since)
and simply became frustrated by her question and stated that all she needed was faith in God...
Which was the dumbest answer she’d ever heard to a very serious question.
So today he’s telling the children of heaven (which sounds fabulous) and the only golden ticket to heaven: Jesus
The ONLY way to eternal happiness is Jesus.
It matters not what good you do in the world, he explains
If you don’t follow the rules. The Christian rules, the Baptist rules. If you don’t specifically worship Jesus
She looks around to see who is buying this
They all are
“Ok,” without raising her hand ....
“So , ok, so say there’s a baby who is in a plane crash in the Amazon and some native jungle tribe finds her and raises her as their own and they’re all amazing people and you’re telling me that the baby and the tribe go to hell because there’s no way that they could know about “Jesus” even though they are among and kind and generous people and they even follow her Ten Commandments without knowing them ....they still go to Hell?”
“Yes”, he says
She then raises her hand
“You’re wrong. That’s the stupidest and meanest thing I’ve ever heard”
He tried to talk, but she continues
“Sooo you’re trying to tell me that ALL of the people in India are going to Hell?”
“Well, not if they accept Jesus” he replies with a mustachioed patronizing smile
“you are so wrong, it doesn’t work like that”
“Well aren’t you a little commie?”
“I guess so” I said not knowing what that was but assuming it meant something along the lines of deep thinker.
If I could go back in time I would correct him , “No, you obtuse Bible beating fanatic, I’m a Little Socialist.”