Renowed chef Julia Child died Friday morning at the age of 91. The first celebrity chef of the television era, she paved the way for Emeril Lagasse, Bobby Flay, the Iron Chefs, and for the entire Food Network. She had an amazing ability to make cooking enjoyable and accessible to the masses. For her many accomplishments, she is rightly remembered and applauded. But where is she now? Having died, what has happened to immortal soul?
Many times when celebrities die, they behind no clear record of what they believed. Julia Child took care of that by stating her beliefs very plainly in the July 2000 issue of Esquire Magazine in an article called What I've Learned. Here is one excerpt:
I hate organized religion. I think you have to love thy neighbor as thyself. I think you have to pick your own God and be true to him. I always say "him" rather than "her." Maybe it's because of my generation, but I don't like the idea of a female God. I see God as a benevolent male. Tears mess up your makeup.
That's strange enough as it stands, but she has more to throw in the pot:
I don't believe in heaven. I think when we die we just go back to the great ball of energy that makes up the universe.
Hell only exists on earth, when you've made mistakes and you're paying for them.
The saddest commentary is that Julia Child now knows how wrong she was.
"It is destined that each person dies only once and after that comes judgment" (Hebrews 9:27 NLT).
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