What if heaven is indeed death and those through the ages we considered wise are but fools? This article explores that very concept.
Posing a Question
What if heaven is death? Is death not heaven if it removes us from pain and suffering into enteral bliss, being nonexistence? Has a great trick been played upon us? Possibly. Is heaven real? Likely. Isn’t death still a paradise in its own right? Well, yes. The problem with this argument is that if there is a heaven, which there likely is, in my viewpoint, then there is a Hell. Therefore, death leads to Heaven or Hell, correct? Yes, but this is only the Christian story. What if we flip this argument around? If there is no heaven, there is no hell because hell is on earth as well as heaven. The narrow path leading to power and glory and pleasure and the road to hell is poverty and greed and anger. Are those not truly heaven and hell?
Man and Mortality
If heaven does not exist, then billions have been deceived, and life inherently becomes heaven or hell upon the circumstance. When a man dies, he becomes an object. He becomes a shell, a body, a corpse. He simply dies like an animal. Objectively removing any religious ideas, we see this as the end. Man is a creature, and no more than that, the bodies on the battlefield are simply worthless. If this is true, then all is vain and human existence is a pain to the rest of nature, for we have killed nature.
The Fall of God
Borrowing from Nietzsche, “God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?”* If this does become the main viewpoint of our supposedly modern society, then we shall fall harder than anything seen in history. God exists, but if the pervading idea is that he does not, then life itself becomes meaningless.
The Past and the Future
We see a connection with communism in the sense that it removes religion. If religion of any sort is removed, we immediately have lost the entire reason for life in general. As we see, as stated above, in communism, the worker becomes worthless and is simply used in the factory as another animal, which he truly is if they kill God. Yes, you heard that right; governments can kill God for periods of time. If Science continues to evolve at its current rate with internet usage in the world, then we will see God removed from all things, censored, crushed, slaughtered. For Christians, this was foretold in the scriptures as well in the church tradition.
Comfort leading to Consequence
I understand the atheistic or humanist viewpoint in this where they find comfort in death, that they think nothing will come beyond death. It is a very alarming idea for society and the world but extremely comforting for the individual if they tell it to themselves enough. They will act against their fellow man without regard for future or eternal consequence. Suicide becomes an immediate alternative to life, and prison becomes the real hell for most. All thought, art, culture, and anything of supposed value is no more. Oh, how disturbing to think all we have done is worthless! Returning to the Christian view once again, indeed, nearly everything in human existence is vain.
Please ponder these thoughts as you watch your fellow man go about his daily life and consider your own life and future.