I have some questions I wish someone would answer. I’m trying to decide if I want to go to heaven.
What would life be without challenges? Are there any challenges in heaven or are we done with all that? It is easy to say, if we got everything we wanted in life it would be very boring. If we didn’t have to work to improve our life or our talents, it would be no fun. If it all came easy, there would be no feeling of accomplishment. That is how I view heaven and why I would never want to go there when I try to imagine what I have heard about the place.
I relate life to the song, “The Bear Went Over the Mountain” and what do you think he saw? He saw another mountain. If there were no more mountains to climb there would be no more lessons to learn, and you might as well park it in front of your TV and let someone else’s life and let their problems entertain you until you are tired enough to go to sleep. BORING.
I think heaven would be very boring without challenges to overcome and things to learn. Is there any mention in the Bible of being able to go to school in heaven, or do we automatically know everything about everything and everyone there all knows the same stuff, too? No one is smarter than anyone else? No one has a different talent? Can everyone play the piano? If there isn’t a piano there I don’t want to go. Or do we all just sit around in the grass and feeling happy? I get a lot of enjoyment from learning new things and if I can’t do that in heaven I’d be pretty upset – and bored. Do we just sit around adoring God and feeding his over large ego who says – “There shall be no Gods before me or I’ll through a plague or something at you.” Sounds pretty insecure to me.
This is part of my problem with Christianity. I’d have an easier time accepting it except for the human feelings and emotions of love and hate that are given to him. He also sounds extremely selfish and definitely only loving when he feels like it. “You didn’t worship me enough today. I didn’t see you at my feet. Where were you?”
We are supposed to be able to see God in heaven right? There are a lot of people up there. It should be crowded, except for all of these really good people who helped people and cared for the sick and loved the animals, but they were atheists and Buddhists and Christian scientists (they are a little weird) and yes, Muslims and wiccans and pagans and they all had to go to hell. There are a whole bunch more of all these people than there are Christians because Christianity is not the number one religion in the world and yet they can’t go to heaven. But a really bad person can repent at the end and he gets to go! Maybe he doesn’t get all the same perks as someone who was a believer their whole life. What does the Bible say about that?
Since there are many many planets and we aren’t even at the center of everything, and there are also many solar systems we know nothing about, and we amount to a piece of dust, the chance of other types of life are probably out there. So how come God has human “feelings”? Or is he a different god to other species? I think people have attached these human qualities out of a need to be protected and loved. I practice Nichiren Buddhism as many of you already know. We DO BELIEVE there is power in the universe. It’s as real as the tides and the cycle of life – birth, aging, sickness and death that all life goes through. We just don’t give it emotions. We don’t need to have it love us. To me that seems silly. I read a bunch of posters on facebook that has God saying this and that and feeling this and that and you know darn well he never said any of it. It is a human being projecting their own feelings on what they think God would have said. Now, I may be pissing off a few people, but I have to deal with so much stuff on Christianity printed online so you can deal with this from me. If you continue reading you just might learn something useful.
Tell me about these mansions we are to live in – are they self cleaning? Do we just go outside and play? What good is having a mansion if we don’t cook in it, because we can’t eat because then we have to poop and then we would need plumbing and plumbers to keep them fixed. I doubt we need to sleep so what do we do all night? Or is there even night and day? What the hell do we do all day? I need answers!
Are there any new books being written? I love to read. I just have so many questions about what we do for eternity because it really is a long time. And after all the people we knew and were close to have died, and they have gone to either heaven or hell, then there would be no new people to greet. No new babies to cuddle or birthday cakes to make. No new friends – unless we make friends of other people up there? Any mention of these things in the Bible?
Please – someone tell me – what do we do for eternity in heaven where the skies are always blue and the birds always sing and harps never need to be tuned or repaired? I hear a lot from Christians about going to heaven when they die but I have never heard one person tell me what happens after we get there! If you have the answer, tell me. If no one knows, I have no intention on going. I think I will instead reincarnate into another life so I can continue on my growth. I’d rather use the wisdom I am gaining and move to a higher stage of development so I can help other people overcome the problems in their life. I want to be able to use what I am learning for a better purpose.
Our life is one big cause and effect. 100%. We can’t pick and choose what we want and have it magically be there. We have to work for it. I think everyone can agree on that. It has to happen because we made a cause for it. We have to make a plan and fight through all the setbacks until we accomplish it. We have to be responsible for the effect of our causes. We can’t chose to not be affected by our causes just like we can’t choose when we want to be affected by gravity. Gravity doesn’t work only part of the time. If we jump off a building we are going to smack the ground. That is cause and effect.
In the Bible it teaches “You reap what you sow”. What does that mean to you? How much time have you given to thinking about that? Do you apply it to everything you do? Do you think before you act? It’s the same thing as the law of cause and effect. Buddhist or Christian it is the exact same thing. So either you are responsible or you aren’t. If you come back and say God gives you free will then doesn’t that blow his plan to pieces? Or does he keep readjusting the plan depending on the causes you make. That is confusing. Either he has a plan or he doesn’t. You don’t reap what you sow part of the time – you reap it all of the time. It is the basis for all you do because you have to live with the effects. We get back what we dish out. What goes around come around. We all have karma, made by what you think, say and do. Hundreds of years ago they took any mention of the word karma out of the bible. Why? In order to control the people who could neither read nor right. They had to be afraid of going to hell. If they knew they didn’t have to fear the wrath of God they would have less control. I’m not making this up. This is history.
Have you ever really asked yourself why you believe what you do? Seriously? I have. When I was young – up until age 18 I believed what I was taught to believe. Everyone around me believed the same thing. A lot of them even went to the same church I did. There was also Monday evening catechism class, Girl Scouts on Tuesday, Wednesday afternoon bible school and Thursday evening choir practice, Sunday school and Church. We were in the church a lot. That was in addition to my parents activities and pot lucks and Luther league. Church was a big part of our life and I had a good time. I had my Sunday clothes and shoes and after church we always had a big Sunday dinner where everyone sat around the table. We had all of our dinners together. Aside from the religion itself, I came from a time when families acted like a family. We were taught table manners and never talked back to our elders. We never even THOUGHT about talking back to our elders. Showing respect was a big thing. Once that was lost it is easy to see the effect on families today.
But back to religion – it was all for show. It had nothing to do with what was taught during the sermons. Everyone believed in God because it was what you were taught. You never learned anything else. That DOES NOT make it valid. When you question what you’re taught and start to think for yourself, you finally say, this doesn’t make sense. You realize it is only something passed doesn’t through the ages, like gossip, changing here and there depending on the capacity of the people’s understanding at the time.
Some people are afraid to not believe just in case God gets angry and causes bad things to happen. Some people believe because they want a place like heaven to exist because the are either afraid of dying or because they don’t want to exist. Some people believe because they are afraid of what people will say. Some people believe because it’s easier and they don’t want to have to learn anything else. And . . . I can’t leave these people out . . . some people believe because they really do and they try hard to live by what they are taught. I understand and respect that choice. There are many good things taught in the bible. You will find many of the same things in the Sutras – the teachings of Shakamuni Buddha.
What I have little respect for are the Christians who say they are Christian but it doesn’t effect their behavior. They say they believe in God but it doesn’t change anything. They think believing is all they need to do. Ask for forgiveness and keep on doing the same thing.
I’ve gone on a bit of a rant. But I’m serious about wanting to know what it is you believe happens in heaven because I seriously have no clue. So if you can tell me I’d appreciate it. Then again, if no one can answer my questions or give me anything more than what you think is up there and can’t back it up then I’ll just considerate it hearsay and whole lot of wishful thinking.
As a Buddhist I believe heaven and hell is life condition we live – not some place we go when we die. http://sgi-usa.org