This is a story about two completely disparate individuals. Neither are real, but after all this is a story. Not to say, that the conclusions about these fictional individuals are in any way fictional.
Mrs. Sutty, 70ish, has always worked hard at anything she has ever attempted. If she has ever failed, it surely wasn’t for want of trying. She has always volunteered at the local hospital, helping in any way she can. Of late she has spent more time at the hospital, you see, her husband of forty years passed away just before last Thanksgiving.Working at the hospital keeps her mind off of her loss
Arnold grew up in a harsh environment. His father left the family while he was a mere toddler, his mother, struggling as a cashier at the local supermarket and nights as a barmaid did the best she could, but has never had much time to spend with Arnold. By the time Arnold is sixteen he has served in the juvenile detention facility twice. Once for robbing a drive thru, the second time for beating an old man senseless for three dollars and change. Finally when at age 43, he was on death row for killing a family while they slept. He didn’t rob them, he killed them because the father had cut him off in traffic that day.
While waiting on death row, Arnold, at the urging of a priest accepts the Lord as savior. It is apparent from his tears that his devotion is serious.
Mrs. Sutty never got interested in religion, never believed it. With the exception of the death of her mate, she has always been a decent out-going member of the community.
Yes I know you’ve heard this before, but it bares repeating: Guess which one the church says will burn in ever-lasting fire, and which will sit beside God in heaven.
John 3:18 – He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Isn’t religion great?