Originally posted by spamandham
Originally posted by Infra_red
What if your personal beliefs determine what happens to you when you die?
I don't see why anyone would even suspect this is the case.
Well, I for one think along those lines. I mean, what if what I consider to be absolute heaven, the greatest thing around, isn't the pearly gates
and eternal love? What if I think heaven is just hanging around at the local bar/pub, shooting pool and drinking beer with my friends for eternity?
What is the benefit of me trying so hard to get up to see St. Peter when I really could care less about it? Someone else comes along, who wants the
pearly gates, the clouds and cherubs, eternal love and light.
If we go about life in exactly the same manner, living perfectly by the book, we should both go to heaven, right? Why should I get "rewarded" by
going somewhere I don't want to go?
The main reason I consider this to be the case is because of my interpretation of satanism when I was younger, and the overall concept kinda stuck
with me. Think about it like this: lets say I worship Satan, you worship Jesus Christ/God. You say I'm going to Hell to live in damnation; I say
that's exactly what I want, so it isn't such a bad deal on my part, is it? In my eyes, Hell would
be Heaven, and vice versa. If I'm my
understanding is correct, that's not exactly the satanist view point, but as I said that was when I was younger--hadn't quite gotten exposed to
different ideas yet.
I know it may be kinda hard to grasp why someone wouldn't want your view of heaven--and I mean "your" in a general sense, not necessarily you
directly spamandham. But different strokes for different folks is what makes the world go round. And I highly doubt that any two people, no matter
how well-versed in religious text and how devout they are, have exactly the same interpretation of what defines Heaven.
To me, the explanation of "what Heaven is" has always been "The greatest place around, full of love and happiness." That's quite a broad
generalization, that leaves much open to interpretation. What's the greatest place around for you? I'd bet a dime to a dollar it's not the same
as mine or Infra_red's or anyone else. Even if you're in the same mindset I am--drinking beer with your friends and shooting pool--I highly doubt
we'd have the same friends in the same bar with the same beer.
I hope that made sense...