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  1. I warn you that my answer will be undoctrinal, but in general, the parable of the prodigal son is about this, and it is explained in a rather straightforward way at the end: “…But you should have rejoiced and rejoiced because your brother was dead and has come to life, was lost and has been found.”

    Have you ever experienced some distrust of people who never make mistakes? Not to those who are meek and almost holy fools, whose contrast to everything else causes, if not admiration, then in any case baffles; and not to simple bread people, to whom it is simply inconvenient to present something — but there are some people without qualities, who, it seems, simply lack imagination, passion, and some inner strength do not allow them to sin juicily and with feeling. The same ones that are neither hot nor cold that Az Esm says in the Apocalypse that he would vomit out of his mouth.

    The ability to make mistakes, to sin — not out of vanity or a desire to look bad (as St. Augustine stole plums as a child just to show off to his friends) — and not even out of a desire for profit, but simply out of a passion for life to the extent that it pushes a person to harm himself and others, not so much out of malice, but out of.

    In other words, an apartment thief has more in common with a stylite than with an ordinary philistine. Besides, being clean all your life is not scary. And to tarnish yourself and come back is very scary. And this applies to the spiritual sphere in the same way.

    Early Christian mystics were familiar firsthand with the crisis of faith, with the struggle against God, and with long atheistic periods, and at some point they returned to the mainstream of Christianity, which had not yet taken the form of religion, not from the promises of paradise or the threat of eternal cauldrons, but from placing a certain hope in the idea of a God about whom they knew nothing and could not say anything, because they their prodigal children.�

    And in the light of such a definition, what is important is not the specific dogma that a person chooses for himself, but his ability to search, live, change, make mistakes and repent — because no matter what doctrines exist anywhere, no matter how many fingers people are baptized with, but never a person is blamed for the ability to do something, or the ability to repent. And inaction is not exactly reproachful —it's just bland and empty, and it can't lead to anything good.

    If God cares about this, then sin, repent, and you will know.

  2. Is unknown. Are you specifically talking about the Trinity? Even about him (them?) – unknown. And even more so about God in general.

    But I note that a typical Christian righteous person is just the same. Constantly aware of his sins (that he is sinning), and repents. In my opinion, this is simply an integral part, which also makes up his righteousness. Do you remember one of the characters in Leskov's “The Sealed Angel” – an old man whom the peasants came across?.. – If you haven't read it, read it, you'll like it if such questions have started to arouse your curiosity.

    In the same way, a comrade who has repented – again made a fool of himself with a kisten on the high road – again repented – again made a fool of himself, also by definition does not seem to have anything to do with righteousness, if we are talking about Christianity.

    So your question is, in fact: who does God like best, a decent atheist, or a righteous person who believes in him?

    So figs knows. What is God's system of values? You are not a goddess, you do not know, I am not a god, I do not know, and I would definitely not even believe Patriarch Kirill about Christ for a second, not to mention his opinion about some other gods))

  3. The one who does something is wrong. An honest, selfless atheist is in stasis in relation to God. The atheist does not want to have anything to do with God, he does not move like a corpse, and therefore does not stumble.

    The righteous man is different in that he moves. It moves in the direction of God. Yes, he stumbles. But if you don't break your knees, you won't learn to ride a bike. Such are the cases.

  4. A rather strange alternative: an atheist can also be both a righteous person and a non-righteous person, a righteous person can be both an atheist and a theist, a selfless and honest person can also sincerely repent, and a sinful person can be honest – so in the end it is not clear what the joke of the question is.

    For God, the most valuable thing is when a person lives the life of the spirit, which means that he strives to become better, seeks: what is “better”? – he wants to live in truth, without deceit, and does good to the world.

    We all sin – what is the difference between the righteous? Only that they sincerely regret and repent about it. As a result, in order to repent as little as possible, they tend not to do what they have to repent for, because every time it gets harder, fate comes and takes more and more if you go the wrong way. Not being honest – you will not repent, because it takes a lot of courage and honesty to admit: “Yes, I have sinned. Kick-ass”.

    And whether a person considers himself an “atheist”is an insignificant circumstance in the eyes of God: the moral value of a person for God (and for humanity, respectively) is not determined by this.

  5. Luke 15: 7, 8

    I tell you that in this way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who do not need to repent.

    Thus, the penitent sinner is more valuable material))

  6. For God, every person is important and valuable, regardless of who the person considers himself to be. After all, man is created in the image and likeness of God. And in order for a person to have an idea of the love of God, he admits that his son, the Lord Jesus Christ, gave his life on the cross, and even those who rejected him, but sincerely repented of what they had done, were saved through Christ the Lord. In this way, the Lord shows His mercy and love to people.

  7. To begin with, we will eliminate the inaccuracy of the question. If a righteous person exists, then by definition he cannot sin and repent. To make the question meaningful, let's replace “righteous” with ” believer.” Then, if God exists, the Bible is also true. In which there is a direct answer to this question.

    • He also told the following parable to some who believed in themselves that they were righteous and despised others: Two men went into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
    • The Pharisee stood up and prayed to himself in this way:: God! I thank You that I am not like other people, robbers, abusers, adulterers, or like this tax collector:
    • I fast twice a week, give a tenth of everything I buy.
    • But the publican, standing afar off, dared not even lift up his eyes to heaven; but striking his breast, he said:: God! be merciful to me, a sinner!
    • I tell you that this man went to his house justified more than the other: for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. (Luke 18 ch.)

    And more:

    · But He told them the following parable:

    * Which of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and follow the lost one until he finds it?

    · And when he finds it, he will take it on his shoulders with joy

    · and when he comes home, he calls his friends and neighbors together and says to them, ” Rejoice with me, for I have found my lost sheep.”

    · I tell you that in this way there will be more joy in heaven for one sinner who repents than for ninety-nine righteous people who do not need to repent. (Luke 15 ch.)

    A “believer” who repents of his sins has fulfilled one of God's commandments, thereby expressing his love for Him (“If you love me, keep my commandments” John 15). For God, he is more valuable than a speedless, honest atheist who loves himself more than God.

  8. The problem is that there is no God. But THOSE WHO are interested in being able to govern on behalf of God need sinners, not the righteous. Because the sinner and the penitent – being under the influence of guilt-ARE CONTROLLED!

    Therefore, the discovery of the ancient Jews about “original sin” – a priori making a person guilty already upon birth – is simply BRILLIANT! It was this faith that allowed Abrahamic religions to become world religions. Because it best allows power elites to manipulate the population of countries.


    Guilt is one of the most effective methods of manipulating a person: “If you are guilty, you must, or rather, must do what I tell you.” A person feels very uncomfortable being under the yoke of guilt, and therefore tries to get rid of the feeling of guilt. And how to get rid of feelings of guilt? Either to be punished or to work out the guilt. Both options involve submission, obedience, and work, and direct the work of thoughts in a certain negative direction.

    Feeling guilty allows you to consider yourself inferior, and this prevents you from seeing a lot of beautiful and good things in yourself.

    Instilled feelings of guilt are a favorite weapon of manipulative people. Guilt is the thread by which manipulators pull a person and control them. Manipulative people are people who act on the consciousness of a person who feels guilty, approximately according to the following formula:: “You have to do what I tell you, because it's your fault.” Manipulators try to impose a sense of guilt on a person in order to gain power over them, or to assert themselves, because the manipulative person himself is constantly tormented by doubts and uncertainty. Manipulators hide this inner struggle both from the people around them and from themselves. Lack of confidence also makes manipulators assert themselves at the expense of other people. The need to teach and manage arises from the desire to strengthen one's position.

    The sense of guilt brought in from the outside by the “right” people creates a sense of guilt squared, because a person is already tormented by conscience, and then the wrath of the righteous descends. There is also an unwarranted sense of guilt, an innate tendency to be “responsible for everything.” In this case, guilt is as much an illusion as worry, it is not worth the remorse experienced. Guilt blocks our actions. It fills everything inside us. A complex of feelings of guilt can really ruin the life of any of us.

    The universe, as unfortunate as it may sound, has no sense of justice. So sometimes I want justice to prevail, so that the Lord will punish the impudent and scoundrels. But in life, the opposite picture is often observed: a decent person, with an innate sense of guilt, is constantly attacked by more and more new problems and troubles, and arrogant, evil, unscrupulous and cynical people are often accompanied not only by impunity, but also by success.

    And as soon as a person has expressed a willingness to accept the feeling of guilt, immediately there are manipulators who stick to him and begin to suck positive energy out of him. And in order not to fall under the influence of manipulators, you just need to give up the feeling of guilt. A person does not have to justify himself to anyone, and he does not owe anyone anything. If, in fact, there is guilt, you can be punished, but you do not need to carry the guilt with you. And you don't owe your loved ones anything either. After all, no one forces you to take care of them, you take care of them out of conviction, and not out of compulsion. This is a completely different matter. If you have a habit of making excuses, give it up. Then the manipulators will understand that you have nothing to hook on and leave you alone.

  9. I will ask you a counter question: which citizen is more valuable to the monarchy – a disinterested, honest revolutionary or a person who is unstable in his moral behavior and recognizes the rule of the tsar? the answer to this question will be the basis for answering your question.

  10. All the creation of the Lord God is equal to God!
    Even a small fly will be as important as a human and a cat!
    Not everyone can repent,and to be honest, it is impossible for a righteous person to sin so much, he can repent for non-existent sins!
    Everyone is equal to the Lord God, sinners and righteous, but there is one who is loved less than others, this is the Evil One (Satan)!

  11. Again, I quote St. Anthony the Great, from which it is clear what values the Creator is engaged in.

    “God is good, and dispassionate, and unchangeable. If anyone, while admitting that it is true and true that God does not change, is perplexed, yet how He (being such) rejoices over the good, turns away from the evil, is angry with sinners, and when they repent, is merciful to them, then it must be said that God neither rejoices nor is angry: for joy and anger are passions.

    It is absurd to think that the Deity was good or bad because of human affairs. God is good and only does good things, but harms no one, being always the same; but when we are good, we enter into communion with God, because of our likeness to Him, and when we become evil, we separate ourselves from God, because of our dissimilarity with Him. If we live virtuously, we become God's, but if we become evil, we become rejected from Him; and this does not mean that He has wrath on us, but that our sins do not allow God to shine upon us, but that we associate Him with tormenting demons. If later, by prayers and charity, we obtain absolution from our sins, this does not mean that we have pleased God and changed Him, but that by such actions and turning to God, having cured the evil that exists in us, we are again able to partake of God's grace; so to say that God turns away from evil people is the same as to say that the sun

  12. For Him, the salvation of the human soul is more important. It is written that the righteous man will fall a hundred times and repent. Jesus was slain as a lamb for all our sins. He has already paid for everything, and only by faith in Him comes salvation. But faith without works is dead. Works are faith and living according to the Word. And how will he be saved if he doesn't believe in it? Well, it's like let's say all the people in the city were paid to go to a concert. And everyone was informed that only those who believed and came will get to the concert. And someone just did not come because of their business, they considered it more important.

  13. Maria.

    Your question is easily solved with the help of mathematical analysis.

    At the beginning of the question-50 percent goes to the atheist and the righteous-if God exists, and 50 percent should be thrown out if the working theory-there is no God.

    Of the remaining 50 percent, we give 25 percent to the honest and unselfish. to an atheist, and 25 percent is taken by a sinful righteous person who constantly repents.

    But a righteous person cannot sin, because he is a RIGHTEOUS PERSON and his 25 percent of the total condition of the problem must be annulled as a contradiction in the initial positions.

    As a result, we get that God, if He exists, evaluates an atheist as a positive result of his activity for a quarter of the total human population.

  14. All of us are the best for someone( although we have sins) – for parents – we are the best children, for husbands-the best wives, etc. But, also, at the same time, for someone we are bad friends, neighbors, colleagues, etc. Each state has its own laws. Each corporation has its own charters and even its own dress code. God also has his own requirements! You can be good for someone, for mom,dad, and for the neighbor-you are not good. You can be an honest atheist – but what's the use of you to God? That you are taking people away from God??

  15. The world is absolutely fair. There is no difference between a sinner and a righteous person, because people have introduced the concepts of righteousness and sinfulness into a just world.

  16. What matters to God is not a righteous person who obeys the laws stupidly or a repentant sinner, but an algorithm of thinking that works in the spirit of God's teaching.

    Man is an artificial intelligence for his Creator, and God is looking for worshippers in Spirit and truth. This means that a person should not adapt to the teaching, not follow it as an external driver, but be based on this teaching.

    And God doesn't exist in our world. For our world, God is Spirit.

  17. If you are unselfish and honest, then you are righteous.

    And if he sins all the time, then he is a sinner.

    The” flag ” of an atheist or believer does not make a person a sinner or a righteous person.

    “It doesn't matter what Path you choose. What matters is how you walk on it.”

  18. Second. Because the Christian god is a mere mortal man, seeking fame and career and in dire need of minions and followers. And the gods in general, in a mystical sense, close to materialism, are egregors that cannot exist without a person and feed on the psychic energy of united communities of people.

    Therefore, if God existed, he wouldn't give a damn about good-natured atheists, he would be angry with them and would try to send them to hell, just like in the Bible.

    Sophisticated believers came up with this instructive aphorism (it is often attributed to Hans Christian Andersen, probably the author). But, as you can see, atheists do not like it, they are offended by it.

  19. The great Russian writer Dostoevsky said: If you don't sin, you won't repent. If you don't repent, you won't be saved. Man is weak and the real life is given to us for spiritual self-improvement. It makes no difference to God whether you are an atheist or not, because we are His creations. You can not believe in God, but it is impossible to live without Faith in something, if of course you consider yourself a human being. Faith, Hope, and Love are the triune spiritual core of any intelligent being. Remove at least one component and the person instantly degrades. He becomes selfish, selfish, and seeks a substitute in alcohol, debauchery, drugs, and gambling. Actually ceasing to be a Human, becoming a human-like primate…..

  20. Hello.

    It depends on how to sin and repent. If, after a grave sin, you repent and sin again, thinking that God is merciful and will forgive, this is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit and will not be forgiven either in this age or in the future, if a person does not stop it.

    If we fall into various sins, we repent and the Lord forgives us. If we consider ourselves sinless, even if we live honestly, then we are lying and the truth is not in us. Without sin, Christ alone.

    The question implies a believing hypocrite or a lazy person who either lies, as described above, or is negligent about his salvation. God does not forgive so that you can sin again.

    When the adulterous woman stayed near Jesus, He said, ” Woman! where are your accusers? No one has judged you? She answered, ” No one, Lord! But he said to her, ” Then neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more “(John 8).

    When the man who had been paralyzed for 38 years was healed, Jesus said to him, ” Behold, you are made whole. Sin no more, lest something worse happen to you (ibid., chapter 5).

    The righteous man is often compared to a Pharisee, and the sinner to a tax collector. It is a great mistake to justify the publican for his ordeal, for a sinful, so to speak “humble” life, like everyone else's. The publican is not justified by God for his sins, but for His humility and repentance. God knows the hearts of men. The publican will now fight against sin, although he may fall more than once. But the struggle with sin is not the same as pernicious carelessness or hypocrisy. The Lord also forgives him who struggles when he falls heavily, because he wants to improve and falls because of infirmity, which is why he laments before the Lord. Such and such a sinner has more joy with the Angels before God than ninety-nine righteous people who do not need to repent. So it is with a father who rejoices over a son who is saved from death more than over other sons who are not harmed in health.

    It is also a mistake to blame the Pharisee for his very righteousness, because he is proud of the fact that he does not live like everyone else, shows off. Actually, a saint is not like everyone else. If Noah had been like everyone else, he would have died with everyone else. So did Lot and the rest of the righteous.

    What is the Pharisee's sin? Arrogance and cruelty. He boasts before God of his righteousness, which is mostly fulfilled outwardly, formally. And he belittles other people. This is a big problem of perfectionism. It is good to be perfect, but the general rule is: do not be arrogant and do not humiliate anyone, beware of idle condemnation of others.

    The Pharisee does not see the publican's repentance. He can't wait to see his punishment. This is his cruelty and sin. And the Lord is merciful. To such a Pharisee, the eldest son, the father (the image of God in the parable of the prodigal son) said, ” My son! you are always with me and everything I have is yours. But you should have been glad that this brother of yours was dead and has come to life, was lost and found (Luke 15).

    Many young people today cannot be compared to the prodigal son of the Gospel. They insult their parents, squander their parents ' fortune, and then claim that they are poor, unhappy children! But angry parents do not want to understand them (and, perhaps, give them more money to have fun). The prodigal son of the Gospel asked to be accepted as a servant, and declared himself unworthy to be called a son. He agreed to everything and was forgiven by his father. Today's children are close to being cursed for their behavior, although their poor parents feel sorry for them and take them back into the house, often suffer insults and beatings from their offspring…

    In a word, the Gospel nowhere blesses to sin and repent arbitrarily, including it among the most serious sins of blasphemy against the Spirit of God, but in every possible way supports those who, having fallen down due to infirmity, repent and try not to sin. Such people are humbled by their very sins, and only such humility from their sins can be accepted by God. But whoever humbles himself to be like all others, and sins with all, denies God and is counted among the hypocrites…

    Now let's think about an honest atheist. How can an atheist be honest? How does he have a conscience? From God, of course. He has not yet forgotten the commandments of God. Before my eyes were probably religious relatives or acquaintances who lived in a godly way. Or maybe I read it somewhere. After all, our literature is full of such examples. And it was mostly written by religious people. That's why he lives honestly and peacefully. But his very hostility to God (an atheist, not one who has not heard of God) makes him unworthy of God's mercy and can replace all other sins. Therefore it is a child of Hell, just like those hypocrites who pretend to be believers and sin by their own will.

    At the same time, it is clear that in a few generations the fear of God will disappear and the morality of such an atheist (the descendant of that atheist) will be deformed. He will begin to rethink everything and move far away from Christian values. Communism, indeed, was founded on Christian principles. But the apostasy of its founders and executors perverted everything. and, as a result, real socialism was similar to fascism. He flooded the Russian land with innocent blood.

    As a result, we can say this: faith without works and works without faith will be equally condemned. But God only pleases the righteous believer, who either keeps himself from all uncleanness, or, having sinned out of weakness, repents and is forgiven by the Lord.

    May God help all readers!

  21. Hmm, interesting question 🙂

    To begin with, according to the Bible, faith without works is dead, and unclean spirits also believe in God, but this faith gives them nothing and absolutely does not justify them before God.

    Most of all, the Lord values in a person the purity of his heart.

    If a believer lives in sin and does not change anything in his life, does not want to be born again – he is no different from an atheist.

    But if a person does not believe in God, but lives honestly and more justly than that believer, perhaps he is more pleasing to God (imho).

    But in both cases, anyone who consciously rejects God and the offer of eternal life, whether a believer or an atheist, to whom the Lord has revealed himself, is acting unrighteously and is acting against the will of God, and this, of course, is not pleasing to Him.

    “…whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him; but whosoever shall speak blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him ” (Luke 12: 10).

    With respect.�

  22. Do you think that God himself will write here and give you an answer?
    And who are we to decide for him what is more valuable to Him?
    The ways of the Lord are inscrutable. If He wanted only the righteous, he would have created only them. He drowned all sinners in the time of Noah, but for some reason he swore not to do it again until the end of the World. So for something He needs to have non-believers, atheists.
    There is a parable of the good Samaritan in the New Testament, and the book of Tobit in the Old. It tells how believers should act, using the example of non-believers.
    With respect.
    Only He or the prophets have the right to speak on behalf of God. Otherwise, it is heresy and a grave sin.

  23. A righteous person – a person who is guided by the truth-knows the truth.
    – Rom 1: 16-17: 1⁶ For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew and then to the Greek.
    ¹⁷ It reveals the truth of God from faith to faith, as it is written, ” The righteous shall live by faith.”

  24. Always the choice of the person who first entered paradise … the robber who hung from a nearby cross … most of all, Christ scolded … the Pharisees ( at that time comparable to monasticism, the most educated class in theology), what do you choose ?

    Having sinned , but having repented , it is important to realize and overcome sin in yourself, the recipes are given – the knowledge of humility and the lack of one's own strength to fight sin , the consequence of this is a prayerful aspiration to the Highest , unity with the Spirit , however , having sinned and not resisting repetition, a person moves in a different direction, what you choose will be with you

  25. Only those who are properly taught will worship him in spirit and truth! Without any options.Simply loyal, true, worthy of God! The path is incredibly difficult

  26. If we look at the issue from the point of view of Islam, then the conversation is short: Allah will not forgive an unbeliever for his sins, even if he was a super-honest, philanthropist and donated billions of dollars to various charity funds (and no one will save him either by prayers or anything else).

    If we look at the issue from the point of view of Christianity, here the situation is more complicated. I agree with Hermès Trismegistus ' answer. God likes one repentant sinner better than ten righteous people. “The main sign of the beginning health of the soul is the vision of our sinfulness, which we naturally have!”. An” honest and decent ” atheist will never have such a thing, on the contrary, on the basis of this “honesty and decency” the most pernicious and terrible passion will arise – vanity.

    However, there are different situations: if one sincere Christian prays for five or more atheists, then most likely… they will be saved.

    “God is Love,” and Christians sincerely hope that God will also have mercy on atheists. Just don't tell them that, otherwise they'll relax again :))))

  27. “A thinking atheist who lives according to his conscience does not realize how close he is to God.

    Because he does good without expecting a reward. Unlike the hypocrite believers.”

  28. Let those who know more about this matter correct me, but (if we speak from Christianity) everyone sins (!) every single person. Only Christian believers should truly repent as soon as they commit a sin. Then God grants them forgiveness, as the Holy Scriptures say. If you remember, even the robber who was crucified on the cross not far from Christ, already dying, repented of everything, asked not to forget about him,and was the first to re-enter paradise. Accordingly, the penitent will be more valuable, as I assume.

    The question of the sincerity of repentance and the non-conversion of confession into a kind of indulgence is another matter.

  29. A righteous person is more valuable if he sincerely repents

    even more: between a sinless righteous person and a righteous person who sins and repents, the second one is better, because he tried to taste the sinful life, but found the strength to give it up and return to the” bright ” side. And this is much more difficult than just never sinning.�

    For example: a non-drinker does not know what the temptation of alcohol is and it is not difficult for him not to drink, but an alcoholic has already learned this “dark” side, and if he refused, then he has more strength than the first one.�

    (the example is not Orthodox, but it is clear:)

  30. the illustration answers the question, but to make a post, you need a sufficient number of text characters.

    So, I wish you a good day!

  31. Neither one nor the other. For him, a person is more valuable who, by his actions and deeds, to the extent of his strength and capabilities, restores what a “selfless, honest atheist” and a “righteous person” will not even think to do..Smart will understand, and the rest….. Let them go through the forest.

  32. Those who do what they should do are valued, and for this you need to be friends with common sense and honesty.

    Atheism, too, can be the result of neither honesty nor a desire to be reasonable.

  33. If God exists, then he saw the answer to this question,and if the Sacred texts are inspired by God, then the answer should be clear. i.e., on the surface, (After all, if the obvious meaning does not contradict common sense, do not look for another.otherwise, it makes no sense..then we read and reflect.And if we assume that He exists, we mentally ask Him to send at least a small message…
    So on a whim, without a page number, verses or books(who wants to double-check) because a fool believes everything that he hears (“and he will not ask himself if there is a deception in my right hand?”and the wise man reflects on everything..About His Own, only some of the attributes (properties,essence) from the innumerable set, He revealed to us…God is wise,and this is what he tells us about his wisdom:unbiased and not hypocritical.Yes, to determine the value of God, through the eyes of a sinner.a limited person.still, if you compare the words “Constellation of the Dog” and dog (barking animal)…But we dare??!!God is love!!! And yes it should be mentioned.God is static,His love for both sinners and everyone is the same and constant at every stage of time.our life.everyone.,and if you compare it, then the example is Family.The family has two children.the first one has grown up,the second one is still a child,but of course the second one inherently needs more.So what??do his parents love him more?? I don't know, the best way to understand is to figure it out yourself…to test experimentally..)), but in general, seriously, the patient needs a doctor, and the atheist should not wait for a reward for the virtues that are there, this is already a gift.An atheist!! thank you for the gift of life; honesty� and selflessness, the Author, whose will is the reality realized itself..You.

  34. An atheist, even if he is honest, did not come to God through repentance, confession, and communion, nor did he unite in common prayer with the faithful, which means that he is not in the Book of Life with God. If a person makes mistakes, sins, but again continues the path to God-this is much more difficult. If, of course, the remorse is true, sincere, and not ostentatious. The Lord spoke about this in parables about the prodigal son, about the need to search for one lost sheep. He told the robber who was crucified next to him on the cross, who repented, that he would be pardoned. The most precious thing for God is sincere repentance, confession of one's sins.

  35. Better for God is the righteous man who sins and repents than the kindest infidel in the world. Because he treats other creatures well, but rejects the Creator.
    And God knows best

  36. Can I answer the question with a question? What's best for you is that the person you love doesn't love you and doesn't believe in you, lives with someone else, but not with you, but at the same time is so good-good, perfect in a word. Or, on the contrary, did he love you, believe in you, but at the same time he would not be perfect? Sometimes I offended you, but I loved you so much that I always realized my sins before you and repented…???the answer is quite obvious.

  37. If you follow what is written in the question, in my opinion, a righteous atheist, but the problem is that you have described two mythical creatures

    The first is a righteous person who constantly repents, if he repents many times, he is no longer a righteous person, because repentance implies a change in his behavior, otherwise he becomes not a righteous person, but a hypocrite.

    The one who deliberately repents in order to sin again, immediately at the moment of such insincere repentance, becomes not a righteous person, but a sinner

    We often read that the righteous sinned, but then corrected their ways, yes. But we do not find descriptions of the righteous who sinned and did not correct. There are also those righteous people who, a la Augustine, begin to call themselves great sinners for a small sin (like I wasn't restrained, I got angry because of a trifle-I didn't start shouting, namely, the spiritual movement of irritation is meant). If such a righteous person was meant, then it is necessary to look at their life in comparison, for such a righteous person any of his (due to the smallness of the sin, although this is not dogmatically true, let's call it a sin) sin becomes a reason for self – improvement, and for an atheist who is already sure that he is perfect, such reasons can not be in principle. Then it is necessary to compare the lives of these people whether the righteous person is so sinful, who constantly seeks out even small sins in order to get rid of them, and whether the atheist leads such a holy life confident that he has nothing to repent for

    And the second mythological creature is a “selfless, honest atheist”, an agnostic can still be somehow attached here, but an atheist who believes that conscience is a chimera, that nothing follows death, why does he need morality? why would he be honest? Who does he look up to? And why? What will be the ideal for him, and how did he even know that this is the ideal? In the same behavior, why would he struggle with his own annoyance? What's all this for?

    This mythological creature is often referred to

    They talk about the same Buffett, who seems to be an atheist (I don't know myself), but gave a lot to donations, then you start to understand it turns out that he did not give, but gave to the fund, this fund belongs to his closest friends the Gates couple (the one with Microsoft and so on) the fund will not go all to help the poor, but only the income of the fund, that is, if the fund did not make a profit, then nothing will break off for the poor this year, he probably did it to avoid taxes. And plus, this fund does not understand what: it inverts into enterprises that build polluting enterprises in third world countries (because the fund is aimed at maximizing profit) so that it then treats children for tuberculosis that came from enterprises in which the same fund invested (I wonder, by the way, if old man Buffett himself will be the owner of these companies, of course through third parties). Such a vicious circle of goodness

    We have already had the experience of selfless communo-atheists building an ideal society, and they were also guided in their heads by exceptionally beautiful thoughts about “selflessness, honesty” and so on, but what happened in the end? Millions of victims, repressions, in fact genocide of the peasantry, clergy, intelligentsia, and aristocracy. All of them were guided in their minds by exceptionally beautiful goals, to which they went by acceptable sacrifices and considered themselves to be honest and unselfish. So again, we need to look at the comparison, whether they are as perfect as they think they are.

    But I repeat, in comparison of the unicorn and pegasus in terms of flight characteristics, the “unselfish, honest atheist”confidently wins

  38. the question is not very accurate in my opinion, because if it is still a righteous person who falls and gets up , then this is one thing and such a person is closer to God. He just went on the path of trials , temptations and difficulties, where the difficulties and associated falls increase many times. Or it is an evil and not very conscientious believer – in this case, he is not exactly a righteous person, then an atheist is certainly closer, provided that he does this out of love for the good, and not out of self-love. Motives of the heart, you know, are different.

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