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    Deathbed conversion

    Mikhail Zadornov, a famous Russian comic artist, died today, of cancer


    He was 69, and in great physical shape for his age

    Many people couod not believe it when he revealed his illness...

    He was a controversial figure. Before 2014, and the events in Crimea, he allowed himself to make crude jokes about Russians, as well as Westerners and other foreigners. He joked about Russian alcoholism and drunken behavior, including among tourists abroad; about police corruption; he made, frankly, racist jokes about various ethnic minorities that, out here, in PC West, would probably get a comedian crucified. But, over there, people of all ethnicities thought he was hilarious and laughed at his stuff. He was always very popular.

    Even many Russians, though, found his monologue on MH17 in somewhat bad taste

    That sort of thing, however, became his standard since 2014. No more criticism of Russia and Russians (and he certainly never dared poke fun at Putin lol Nobody there would, that's way too dangerous), his acts turned hard nationalist, it was all about bashing and mocking enemies of Russia, such as Ukraine, Europe, and America. This made him, overall, even more popular in Russia.

    Anyway, another thing about Zadornov was his unusual religious beliefs: he was very much into Slavic neo-Paganism

    About 10 years ago, it was first announced that he is a Pagan. He had long hung out with folks who worship Perun and Veles and the other Original Gods. Even wrote a book about it all.

    But now, it was reported, by the Orthodox Church, specifically by Archpriest Andrew, the head of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Moscow

    that, for the last year of his life, pretty much since learning of his fatal diagnosis; Zadornov had worked to reconvert to Orthodoxy. He spent months with priests, confessing his sins, undergoing cleansing and absolution ceremonies, and the whole process, until, on November 6th, days before he passed on, Archpriest Andrew announced, and it was reported in Russian media, that Mikhail Zadornov had returned to the Orthodox faith... Zadornov's family have confirmed the Church's account.

    I guess he wanted to die a Orthodox Christian. Couldn't die in peace any other way...

    Religion definitely is a powerful thing, especially for those whose end is near.
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    God says he will take you at the 11th hour if I recall correctly but that's going to come with some consequences I'd imagine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    God says he will take you at the 11th hour if I recall correctly but that's going to come with some consequences I'd imagine.
    Like what? Late fees? Finance charges?


    As an avowed atheist, I can't imagine wasting my final hours babbling to made up gods.
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    What's the pay off for being an atheist and being right about no GOD. Better convert and cover the board with bets and you win no matter right but you are still dead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    God says he will take you at the 11th hour if I recall correctly but that's going to come with some consequences I'd imagine.
    Pretty much...

    Quote Originally Posted by Think for myself View Post
    Like what? Late fees? Finance charges?


    As an avowed atheist, I can't imagine wasting my final hours babbling to made up gods.
    I think believing there is just... nothing, after death, woupd be terribly depressing, honestly.

    Quote Originally Posted by Eve1 View Post
    What's the pay off for being an atheist and being right about no GOD. Better convert and cover the board with bets and you win no matter right but you are still dead.
    Exactly

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    Or, he was weak, in pain and feeling needy and the priests crowded him. I hope I'm wrong and he lived his last year as he wished, but if he did not, it wouldn't be the first time.

    I am suspicious every time an aggressive religious group acquires a vulnerable celebrity.
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    Just as many non-believers change and look for God at death many Christians also fear dying when faced with it even though they know what lies beyond is far better.

    Its a human thing.
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