Since yesterday's adventures with "The Good Place," I've been thinking a lot about the basic theologies involving a heaven and hell. Sounds like a good time to delve into those thoughts.
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A Word About Beliefs
Personally, I have two sets of beliefs: what I believe about the Universe and what I believe about others that believe differently about the Universe. Sound judgmental? Well, that's how I see the heaven and hell view, to be honest.
When we die, whatever we believe deep down will happen is what happens...to an extent. The foundation of my beliefs is that this Universe is one of an infinite set of Universes in what I call The Multiverse. Some of these universes are Utopian, some are violent, some are magical, and some are just like this one.
So in my beliefs, when someone believes in heaven and hell, their spirit is transported to a new life in a universe resembling their idea of heaven or hell (whichever one they'd qualify for). Yet all of this is in the name of spiritual evolution, not an eternal resting place.
Keep in mind, these posts are intended to cultivate discussion about theology, not to attack or change anyone's beliefs; until there is a way to prove what is, all beliefs are equally right and wrong here.
Heaven Or Hell?
When people discuss an afterlife as a permanent ranking of morality, it doesn't make sense to me. Why wouldn't spirits continue to evolve after death? Why would any supreme being demand goodness, knowing the balance of "good" and "evil" is always relative, like light and dark? What would be the point in creating the living world for one go, and spending just as much energy each generation to expand an eternal resting dimension for the sole purpose of constant reward or punishment for that short, fleeting life? It doesn't add up.
When you consider how much energy it would take to create an entire Universe full of life, the amount of energy or divine effort to make heaven and hell for just the sentient beings on Earth must be incalculable. And for what? To simply give good people everything they could ever want or torture bad people forever? What's the agenda here?
Think about it like this: you make something. Anything, it doesn't even matter what. Let's say it doesn't come out quite right, and needs more work. What do you do with it? If you can rework it as it is, you'd do that. It's "born again" and comes out better off for the experience. If you can't, then you have two options: scrap it for resources to start over on a new one, or abandon it to the trash where it will be broken down by other forces of the Universe and filter back into the system of everything.
Point is, you don't somehow punish or reward it for existing. It's either useful for its intended purpose or it isn't. If it isn't, then it gets to decay until being dispersed into the world as something new. Why would a divine being do differently than the Universe he/she/it created? If you have an answer, comment below! I'd love to hear your thoughts!
The Master of Beginnings, inviting discussion, joy, healing and every shade of grey the Multiverse has to offer!
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