12/18/11 Jimmy, about 70
"What do you think the meaning of Christmas is?" I asked a man at the park named Jimmy as a conversation starter. He thinks it is simply is a holiday made up by corporations to make money. Although he is a lifelong member of the Greek Orthodox Church, Jimmy doesn't believe in God and says he just attends church out of habit. "Is it possible God exists?" "Would he want to believe in God if He does exist?" These were the kinds of questions I asked, and found out that Jimmy takes great pride in not having to rely on belief in God in answer to the great mysteries of life. Nontheless, were he to die and find hmself standing before God's judgement throne, Jimmy is confident he would be found to be a good person in God's sight. "God wouldn't judge us by what we believe but by what we do" he confidently asserted. I believe his "good works" serve to reassure him of heaven during those times when his unbelief wavers.