So you and your spouse are driving along one day–minding your own beeswax, no bothering nobody–when some truck driver blows through a stop sign, slams into your car, and turns it into a twisted mass of flaming metal. You open your eyes to find that the Calvinists were right all along; there’s both a god and a Heaven, which, happily, is a very, very nice place–pretty much what you’d have designed. But mortals can’t earn their way into Heaven; Double Predestination is in play. At the beginning of time, God decided ahead of time which souls would be damned and which would be saved. You’re on the Pearly Gates list; your spouse went…somewhere else. Not necessarily Hell, as there are other afterlifes; but she or he is not where you are.
Presumably you are vexed by this. When you complain, St. Peter tells you that the gates to Heaven are only locked to the outside; anybody can walk out at any time. If you want, Pete will give you a list of possible places your spouse may be and let you go look for her or him, with the warning that once you leave, you ain’t getting back in.
Do you go questing for your spouse, or get fitted for a halo?
Can I at least get her phone number so I can find out if she’s happy? What if this other afterlife she’s in has some guy who is a far better match for her than I am? Then she’s going to feel horribly obligated if I show up unexpectedly (or not, which might be worse).
Mormons actually believe this. If you aren’t a faithful Mormon, you don’t get to be with your family. If you die without hearing the church you are OK if someone baptizes you for the dead.
When someone stops believing, this tears a lot of families apart. leading to many divorces.
Mormon theology leads one to believe there will be more women in the Super VIP Heaven, so I can easily see why Mormons would say that they wouldn’t go looking for them. Women are taken, like chattel from unfaithful men and given to more faithful men in the afterlife.
For me, it would just be my luck that while my current wife didn’t make the cut, my ex-wife is up there, so it would be hell anyway, so I’ll back my bags and off looking.
I’m single so can’t directly answer the poll, but I’m pretty sure I’ve seen his same scenario in The Twilight Zone so I’d probably leave anyway! Remember the guy who thought he was at the Pearly Gates with his dog, only the angel at the gates wouldn’t allow him to enter with his dog? The man chose to move along only to find the real heaven further up the road. Also, there was an episode with a gangster who got into heaven and thought it was awesome. But when he went to the casino he kept winning game after game after game. Turns out, he was in “the other place” all along… Nope, given the choice in the OP, I’m packing up and heading out.
I want to know whether I can also leave any of the other choices, or whether I’m stuck within one of them, whether she’s there or not. I’m still leaving, mind—how can it be Paradise without her?—I just want to know how carefully I need to consider my alternatives.