Atheists are a particular breed of sinners who choose to oppose God in their beliefs blocking him out of their mind, but when faced with dying; they tend to suddenly come to an awareness they may wake up in hell forevermore in a little while. When the realization comes to them they may want to make a mournful exclaimation toward God but being so full of their vices and hardness of heart, and having neglected their faith to where it is no more possible for them to believe; the most they seem to be able to mutter are feeble speeches renouncing the godless life they have lived.

            Now of course Atheists will fiercely deny these death bed speeches were made by their vain glorious forebearers, knowing we cannot prove what others have testified at the bed side of dying skeptics. But I would advise you to believe these reports because I know they are true. I know human nature, and if there is anything an Atheist does not know; it is his own human nature.

            You see Oh Atheist. I know you know God exists. That's the bottom line. You may have deceived yourself, but you have not deceived me. So get right now with God or realize on your death bed there is little hope God is going to want anything to do with you. Thomas Paine: "I would give worlds if I had them, that The Age of Reason had never been published. O Lord, help me! Christ, help me! . . No, don't leave; stay with me! Send even a child to stay with me; for I am on the edge of Hell here alone. If ever the Devil had an agent, I have been that one."

            Sir Francis Newport, the head of an English infidel club: "You need not tell me there is no God for I know there is one, and that I am in His presence! You need not tell me there is no hell. I feel myself already slipping. Wretches, cease your idle talk about there being hope for me! I know I am lost forever! Oh, that fire! Oh, the insufferable pangs of hell!"

            Robert Ingersoll: "Oh God, if there be a God, save my soul if I have a soul, from hell, if there be a hell!" You see dear Atheist, Ingersoll's faith was dead. "He who doubts is damned." He knew he was going to fall into hell and did not leave himself enough faith to repent with. I am warning you to cease your rebellion now against God while you still have the faith to repent.

            Voltaire: "I am abandoned by God and man; I will give you half of what I am worth if you will give me six months' life." (He said this to Dr. Fochin, who told him it could not be done.) "THEN I SHALL DIE AND GO TO HELL!"

            Voltaire died a terrible death. His nurse reportedly said: "For all the money in Europe I wouldn’t want to see another unbeliever die! All night long he cried for forgiveness."

            It was a terrible experience for her.

            Voltaire knew he did not have the faith to repent. He needed time to see if he could do something about it, but it was too late. Once your faith dies, there is no turning back.

            Sir Thomas Scott: "Until this moment, I thought there was neither God nor hell; now I know and feel that there are both, and I am doomed to perdition by the just judgment of the Almighty!"

            Now this sounds like a statement of faith on Scott's part, so he may be an exception to the rule and we may see him in the Resurrection among believers. Scott's statement is very much like that of the thief on the cross who said, "Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom." And the Lord answered him from the cross saying, "This day you shall be with me in paradise."

            M.F. Rich: "Terrible horrors hang over my soul! I have given my immortality for gold; and its weight sinks me into a hopeless, helpless Hell!"

            Thomas Hobbs: "I say again, IF I HAD THE WHOLE WORLD AT MY DISPOSAL, I WOULD GIVE IT TO LIVE ONE DAY. I am about to take a leap into the dark."

            Caesar Borgia: "While I lived, I provided for everything but death; now I must die, and AM UNPREPARED TO DIE."

            Severus - Roman Emperor: "I have been everything, and everything is NOTHING."

            Thomas Carlyle: I am as good as without hope - a sad, old man gazing into the final chasm."

            Now Carlyle makes no mention of God, nor hell specifically. Atheists say they believe they are no more. He could have been referring to the oblivion Atheists believe awaits them. The great thing about his parting words is the lack of hope. In saying he as a skeptic had no hope he points out the difference between faith in God and faith in yourselves, Oh Atheist.

            Friedrich Nietzsche, pernicious philosopher who preached "God is dead" Nietzsche died in spiritual darkness, a babbling madman. On a wall in Austria a graffiti said, "God is dead, --Nietzsche!" Someone else wrote under it, "Nietzsche is dead! --God."

            Karl Marx, born in a Christian Jewish family, originator of Communism. On his deathbed surrounded by candles burning to Lucifer, screamed at his nurse who asked him if he had any last words: "Go on, get out! Last words are for fools who haven't said enough."

            About Napoleon, Count Montholon wrote: "The Emperor died forsaken by all, on this horrible rock. (St. Helena) His death struggle was awful!"

            Stalin who was responsible for the murder of at least 80 million Russian and Ukrainians, if not many millions more—most of them Christians! The greatest hushed up holocaust and genocide in human history, never mentioned by the media, as it is not "politically correct!" About Stalin's death struggle, his daughter Swetlana Allilujewa, who in March 1953 was called to the dying dictator in his dacha in Kunzewo, stated: "Father died terribly and difficult. God gives the righteous an easy death."

            Heinrich Heine, the great Skeptic, later changed his attitude. In the postscript to his poem collection "Romancero" (30.9.1851) he wrote: "When you are on your deathbed, you become more sensitive and you would like to make peace with God and the world… Poems, that only contained halfway reproaches against God, I delivered over to the flames in a fearful zeal. It is better, that the verses burn than the verse maker… I returned to God as a prodigal son, after I fed the swine with the Hegelians for a long time… In the theology I have to accuse myself of retreating, because I returned to a 'personal God'."

            As he died: "God will forgive me. It's his job."

            Charles Darwin's deathbed conversion was disputed by his kinfolk. So it is better to not bring it up with Atheists because they will use it to accuse us of dishonesty.

            Lady Hope claimed Darwin said: "How I wish I had not expressed my theory of evolution as I have done." He went on to say that he would like her to gather a congregation since he "would like to speak to them of Christ Jesus and His salvation, being in a state where he was eagerly savoring the heavenly anticipation of bliss." Lady Hope's story was printed in the Boston Watchman Examiner. The story spread, and the claims were republished as late as October 1955 in the Reformation Review and in the Monthly Record of the Free Church of Scotland in February 1957.

            Most of Darwin's letters and writings, far from indicating a return to Christianity, show that even at a late stage of his life he remained an agnostic. This greatly troubled his wife Emma and his daughter Henrietta. They insisted, against fierce opposition from the brothers, principally Francis, who were Rationalists and Freethinkers, that any anti-religious passages should be removed from the official collection of his letters.

            Moore makes a noteworthy comment on this censoring of Darwin's letters, for he says "With her [Emma's] guidance, the world would know only the 'Darwin' the family chose to reveal" (p24). This could be particularly significant if Lady Hope's visit was unwelcome as we will see.

            What is not disputed is Darwin's approval of Church activities. Only a few weeks before he died he sent a donation to the South American Missionary Society in view of the good effect of the missionaries in Tierra del Fuego (Croft: 105). One of his life-long friends was a High Anglican Churchman, and he helped with several "good works" for the poor in Downe, working in conjunction with the Church (M: 16) and highly approved of Fegan's work. His support for Christian activities is far greater than one would expect from reading his more public letters of this period

            From Darwin's son: "Lady Hope's account of my father's views on religion is quite untrue. I have publicly accused her of falsehood, but have not seen any reply."

            From Darwin's daughter: "I was present at his deathbed. Lady Hope was not present during his last illness, or any illness. I believe he never even saw her, but in any case she had no influence over him in any department of thought or belief. He never recanted any of his scientific views, either then or earlier. We think the story of his conversion was fabricated in the U.S.A. The whole story has no foundation whatever."

            Darwin's kin stood to make money off of the sale of his books, so there is a good chance they would go into denial of any testimony that would interfere with their inheritance. This theory tends to lend credence to Lady Hope's testimony over theirs. But I am leaving this as a footnote since such opposition from kin will be taken by Atheists as absolute evidence against Lady Hope.