There's a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure
Pris |Tuesday, January 31, 2006 | E-mail this post
It is quite obvious to me that, if I am wrong about spiritual matters, then I am not going to be in Heaven. And since I doubt that there even is an afterlife (more or less), even if I am right, then I'm not going to be in Heaven anyway.
Obviously I'm okay with this and willing to take my chances. I didn't always feel this way. It wasn't ever a Big Issue for me, just one that sort of stayed in the background as a persistent "what if."
I'm glad I don't have to believe in an afterlife that separates the good from the evil. I'm highly sympathetic to those that find the proposition of Everlasting Punishment abhorrent. Especially if we're supposed to believe that God is Merciful. ["Mercy can't rob justice." Yeah...why exactly? Never understood this. Why is/should justice be the ultimate divine virtue?]
(And if "God" really is assigning people to Everlasting Punishment, I'm not sure that "God" deserves worship. He/It definitely doesn't need it.)
One of the things I like about the Church's doctrine is its de-emphasis on this harsh dichotomy. Instead of having "good / evil," the Church uses the three tiered "good / better / best." I like this, it makes more sense--but I'm not entirely sure it isn't just a trick of rhetoric. (I think it's clear that Traditional Christian Hell =/ Telestial Kingdom, but I don't think there's enough revealed evidence to say much more than that. Plenty of speculation, though.)
But still, at best, I'm getting into the terrestrial kingdom after doing some repentance in Hell (or Spirit Prison). Hopefully all your righteous people out there will be kickin' it in the Celestial Kingdom. I wish you the best.
I'm not trying to be tongue-in-cheek here (it might sound that way from above). So here's my question: why don't you (singular and/or plural) believe in an egalitarian afterlife? Or: why (hypothetically) shouldn't there be an egalitarian afterlife?