Do I want to go to Heaven?
I went to high school in a Catholic College. I was there on a scholarship that I obtained while in 1st Year high. Since I was never all that good
at sport and all students had to give back to the school, I was on the Chess Team and the Debating Team.
I loved Debating. The debating teams all met on a Friday Night in an inter school completion. All the schools were Private and Christian of one
denomination or another. Once every term we had to endure ‘The Unwinnable Debate’. There were two reasons for this. One was to give every team
at least one win and the other was to drive home the point that you could not win every Debate. Sensible of the organizers! Of course, never say die
was a motto of mine and I was one of the Team Captains.
On this occasion our unwinnable topic was, “That God is good.” We were on the negative!
So on a windy Friday night our opposition starts off with their first Speaker who tells us all, how God is good and sent His only Son to save us.
Then, as expected, they made two small tactical errors. The first is that they failed to define the topic. Second their first Speaker talked about
Jesus, the miracles he did etc etc until the first Speakers time was up.
Our first Speaker defined the topic “That God is God’ to mean God, not The Son and not the Holy spook. We conceded that Jesus was a nice guy,
but, the Debate was about His Dad and it would be nice if our learned opposition could please stick to the topic. Then our first speaker declared
that we would prove our case by subjecting God to a War Crime Trial based on the International Conventions on warfare.
Their Second Speaker spoke for only half of his allotted time, possibly because he could not now, speak about what a nice guy Jesus was/is and he was
not prepared to speak of God. He did well to speak as much as he did because he was making it up as he went.
Then I, as our Second speaker, spoke about God! I went through Biological attacks on Egypt, Plagues, locusts, poisoning water supplies, killing
Infants and new born male children. I went through the crime of Genocide with the flood and noted the huge animal cruelty issues as well. Nuclear
like attacks on Sodom and Gomorrah, everything got a mention. We went through the likely view as Noah looked out of the Ark to see bodies, including
little babies, floating and bloating. I went a little into overtime. There was just so much information to go through.
The opposition’s third speaker stammered his way through as he tried to tell us all that God had the right to do these things since he was God. He
stammered because he was angry and was having a hard time coming up with any serious rebuttal.
Then our third speaker took to the podium, summarized our case quite nicely and then made the point that the debate was not about God’s right to do
as he pleases, but rather, Is God good. We won the unwinnable.
Of course come Monday morning I was called to the Principles Office and we had a little discussion. He was both amused and at the same time a little
upset because on Sunday he had had a long telephone call from the Arch Bishop, the subject of which was about what was taught in RI lessons at
My question is this! For all the people that are going to Heaven, what will it be like?
I am used to Freedom. Heaven is a Dictatorship.
I am especially attached to the concept of Freedom of thought. If I look at an Angel and think, “I’d like to get Her in the sack” do my wings
fall off? Heaven could make the book 1984 seem like a fairy tale. Since God knows all I would no longer have Freedom of thought nor Freedom of
Heaven has no booze, no computer games, perhaps some sport. What will I do with an eternity of time. One assumes that sex is out of the question
going by either the Catholics or the Bible Thumpers. What do we all do, sit around on clouds singing revival songs? We were not supposed to eat from
the tree on knowledge so expanding my mind seems out of the question.
What would Hell be like. I don’t think I would like Fire and Brimstone nor torture and sadism. Hell may be a nice place to visit friends, but I am
sure I would not like to live there.
Perhaps there is a third alternative. The place where all the animal souls go. A place where you could spend time play fighting with Tigers.
Petting bunnies and riding Horses. Studying spiders and marveling at all the dinosaurs. I wonder if such a place exists. There must be an
alternative place for freedom loving people. I wonder what that place will be like.
Perhaps Heaven is not for me. How could God be so cruel to create a species that is so destructive.