So says Gerry Adams, President of Sinn Fein, in a recent RTE interview on The Meaning of Life. It was a really intriguing interview. Gerry says that some time ago he resolved to remain a Catholic, but admits that some of his beliefs are a bit “Protestant”. He doesn’t think he needs a middle man when it comes to God and he hasn’t gone to confession for years. And when asked if the host at holy communion is the real body of Jesus Christ, he replied, “Who knows?” He thinks the Methodists are the best. I have a lot of friends who would agree with him on that point! But he likes the democratic nature of Presbyterianism. And the fact that Christian denominations are divided he reckons is “madness”. “I like the gospel. I think that Jesus Christ was a mighty man,” he said.
It was the final question of the interview that really intrigued me. “So what if it’s all true and you have to stand before God at the Judgement Day. What will you say?” He replied, “I’ll say, “I did my best. Here I am. Take me in.” I really wanted Gay Byrne to ask Gerry a supplementary question: If doing our best was enough to get us into heaven, then why did Jesus die on the cross? If doing our best is enough, then the death of Jesus seems strangely unnecessary. The fact is, our best is just not good enough. That’s why we need a Saviour.