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Don't be so quick to jump ship on your religion

Q: I am a 70-year-old white male. I was raised a Christian (Methodist) but never was really active in any church. My wife of 14 years left me over two years ago. I now live alone and I am saying aloud what I have thought most of my life: I don't believe that Jesus was God on earth but I do believe that what he preached is the way to live your life.

I recently said over lunch with friends that I didn't believe that believing in Jesus was the only way to get to Heaven (if there is such a place), and that over my life I had known non-Christians who were sure to get to Heaven if anyone did. I was immediately pounced upon verbally and now have been somewhat ostracized. I'm sure these...