I recently had a conversation with someone regarding heaven and hell that didn’t sit well with me. Actually, having these kinds of conversations never go over well with me. My ideals on this subject have progressed unconventionally and rebelled against the norm; therefore, I would only displease most traditionally religious persons. Although I consider myself Jewish, I am currently not a Practicing Jew. And I don’t believe any religion is wrong. The religion you follow is your religion and your choice. The important question you should ask yourself is, “Do you love God?”
Furthermore, I am more spiritual than anything. I love God and I talk to Him every day throughout the day. I believe that we all have a good spirit because we were created from God. Some things though do happen when we get here that affects some people in different ways that diverts them from their good spirit. Some people end up having mental illnesses while others just choose to be bad. I am not for the bad whatsoever, but if I can’t pin point why someone has become an unsavory person then it’s really not my place to say where anyone will go. We all have done something bad according to someone. I do weight things like rape, murder, and abuse etc, on something more than bad—leaning more toward evil. However, even in that statement I am really not one to judge even if I have been faced with all the subjects stated—that’s just my biased subjective opinion. Just like everyone else has their own biased subjective opinions. And some actually think they are their own facts.
Now on to the conversation I had…
This person asked me “Where do you think we go when we die?” I answered “I really don’t think about that much.” Because I really don’t think that is important as where I am going while I am alive. He paused, and asked me why. At the time I really didn’t have an answer. With thought now I do because I know why he asked me. He asked me because in this conversation he persisted with what he thought. And what he thought was so far-fetched, in my opinion, that I will spare you with the graphic details.
However, I will summarize the rest of the conversation. He does like most feel there is a heaven and hell, we will be judged and we will be in holding until it is our turn to be judged. His idea of “holding” was spine-tingling, to say the least. But let’s not talk about death. Let’s talk about life, because that’s exactly what I thought about while he was telling me his viewpoint on heaven and hell. It’s a much more proactive thought. It was the questions and comments he continued to ask that prompted this thinking like, “Do you think that all people go to heaven?” I answered with “Possibly, we all go to a better please but I am not one to make statements on this.” His answer to that was “Then if your thinking is valid, I might as well go rob a bank.” Let’s “hmmm” on that last statement for a moment.
Before we continue, so you know, my thinking is never thought to be valid for anyone but myself because it’s what I feel in my heart. Okay, now let’s continue…
Personally, I am not living to make myself better nor am I doing good things in order to go to heaven. If I did, everything in this world that I did for others would be disingenuous. But don’t you hear that a great deal? “Do good things and you will go to heaven.” Not often do you hear, “Do good things because you love mankind.” Or “Do good things to create heaven on earth.” I feel that people are a part of me, no matter how capable they are of hurting me, because I ultimately come from the same place that everyone else does. The same Being created us. I feel that it’s in our best interest to do good in this world as a symbol of love. That kind of love is capable of creating a heaven here while we are living. Although, yes we are not all perfect because we will get mad, do things out of character, and at times say mean things to each other, the thought of love alone makes us perfect to God. I really think the key that locks most anything in our lives is love in our soul. I believe we all have a soul, and if our soul drives us to do good things for the reward that we have created a happier life for ourselves and others while we are here then a hell can’t exist here or in the afterlife. So with thought, that is my answer to him.
“We should do good because at the end of the day, it will create a better world for those that are living.”
This is dedicated to those in my life that have moved on to a better place but did good things while they were in this place.
Ann Carter, James Carter, Linda Huntley, Laurie Marcanio, and Lashawna Threatt
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