Thursday, December 2, 2010


I saw this obituary a few years ago and have never forgotten it. (I've changed the names.)

John Doe, 67, of Kansas City, KS, died Friday, March 23, 2007 at KU Medical Center. An Agnostic Infidel gone to a place he didn't believe exists. John was born November 21, 1939 in Sutherland, NE to John and Jane Doe. He graduated from Hershey High School in 1958 and the University of Nebraska with a B.S. degree in 1964. He received his Master's Degree from the University of Iowa at Cedar Falls in 1968 and his Pharmacy Degree from the University of Kansas at Lawrence in 1983. He was a long time chemistry teacher at Kansas City Kansas Community College and a part-time pharmacist in Kansas City. Survivors include 2 sisters, Jill Doe and June Doe; and a brother Jonathon Doe.

I wish I knew the story behind it. Are they implying that their loved one is in Hell? Or do they believe that even an "agnostic infidel" would end up in Heaven?

If it's the former, and it was done as a witnessing tool, rather than an "I told him so!"... I'm beyond impressed. I can only imagine how difficult it must be to have an unsaved family member die and to be bold enough to announce to the world that I believe him to now be in Hell. And if it's the latter, and they believe that he's now enjoying Heaven? Well, I'm beyond saddened.


Anonymous said...

That's just plain odd as well as a bit confusing.

Vikki said...

I know it! I wish I knew what the reasoning was behind it.