While many a devout atheist today may believe the above statements are mere products of environmental and cultural pressures of those times, it is most interesting to note that these men cared nothing for how they were being or ever would be interpreted. In other words these statements were in actuality, the complete and utter expression of their truth at the time the statement was declared i.e. deathbed or close to it. Please note the spiritual awareness of the inevitability of their eternal destiny after having spent a life of conscious or unconscious rebellion against their Creator. Scripture declares 'It is appointed for men once to die, and after this the Judgement' It is indeed as Peter said 'a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God' especially having not received the foregiveness of Jesus Christ who willingly paid our fine for violating God's Holy Law. To see how you will do on judgement day go to http://needgod.com