Sunday, February 12, 2012

How Do You Know There's a Heaven...And Are You Going There?

Heaven's Gate?
Religion has gotten a lot of press in the past week, due mainly to the controversy over Pres. Obama's decision to make religious institutions like universities and hospitals provide contraception through their employees' health care plans. The Catholic Church was the most aroused by the move. Later in the week, the President made some accommodations to religious groups but not everyone is totally happy. However, that's not the whole point of this post.

The three Western religions--Christian, Jew, Muslim--have their individual ideas about the afterlife. And what you do in this life will determine how you spend that eternity. But, what's the reality of such things?

Most people realize that the heaven/hell concepts are bizarre at best and superstition at worst. But they still want to go to heaven. It's a matter of being narcissistic enough to think one should live forever in joy, luxury, and in the palace of some king. Silly, eh? Plus, they forget that all kings are basically jealous dictators. All one needs to do is read the Bible to see just how jealous that particular dictator is.

But we just cannot seem to accept that maybe, just maybe, there is neither a heaven nor a hell awaiting anyone or anything, that no devils and no angels are preparing for our arrival when we die. Still, we cling to our hope that we are eternal.

Are we in fact eternal? Probably. But not in a religious sense. We are energy, made from the energy that has existed in the universe since its beginning. We have come directly from the stars, those little twinkling lights 'up there' that seem so far away. But in reality, we are living in the midst of them, our parents, our creators. And we are never separate from them...or each other.

Death is just change. Again. And in all likelihood, we will simply dissolve back into the energy from which we sprang. That is a very good thing. Besides, where else would we go?

As long as the universe exists, we are indeed eternal.


  1. I think that everyone who leaves this earth goes to some level of heaven. Every individual is Soul, a divine spark of God, and is eternal. One can experience heaven while still living on earth by practicing a simple spiritual exercise. It's explained here in this video - it's very simple and brings amazing results!

  2. Thanks for your comments. We are eternal.


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