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The bigger question for me is do I want to know how it'll happen? I find that a lot harder to answer.
If there is a being of infinite power and wisdom who creates imperfect, finite creatures and then punishes them for their weaknesses for eternity, I am not sure I'd rather spend forever with him in Heaven.
Originally posted by krill
id want to know, i dont fear death i came to the realization and eventual love with the fact that i will die. i look forward to it realy but i dont want to speed it up by commiting suicide. i would like to know simply so that i could prepare things ahead of time like getting my wife ready to move on after i die. i know that if she dies i allready decided that ill live with the remaining time i have with out a love intrest. id rather be alone and fondly remember my angel and what she means to me then seek out a new relationship. but id like her to be able to make her choices about moving on knowing that i love her more than iv ever loved any one and that i just want her to be happy no matter what. id also like to know so i have a chance to go see my family and have one last family meal with them. i dont fear dying i welcome it when ever it comes. but knowing the circumstances and time would be nice.
Originally posted by Astyanax
Father of Jesus, love's reward,
What rapture will it be,
Prostrate before Thy throne to lie
And gaze and gaze on thee!
But of course, you're referring to something even more profound: the infamous Problem of Evil. Here it is in a slightly different form, one that the argument from Original Sin cannot sensibly dispose of: what kind of God creates ichneumon wasps and viruses? Clearly not a good one.
If heaven means spending eternity in the company of such a being, one must hope profoundly that death really is the end.