Let say, for the sake of discussion, I get to heaven. What’s stopping me turning to the dark side and spending the rest of eternity as a sinner?
The way I see it there’s only two answers to this;
1/ I won’t want to. Everything will be so blissful in heaven I’ll never sin again.
2/ If I do I’ll be evicted to the bad fire down below.
Answer number 1 I have a problem with. No matter how good things are, human nature being what it is, there’ll always be someone wanting things their way and there will always be temptation. If we are suddenly immune to temptation then my argument is we are no longer “human”. It’s part of what makes us us. If heaven means we get to live for eternity as different beings, then what in the name of og is the point of faffing about on Earth for ~80 years as something else? Why make us these frail, pathetic creatures prone to sin for this tiny, minute sliver of time, if we are then going to spend eternity as entirely different persons who can’t sin? What does it prepare us for and what does it prove? Other than that many of us will fail to make the cut?
Answer number 2 I also have a problem with. Again, if I’m going to spend my time in heaven being kept in line by the threat of hell, what was the point of my time on Earth? Why not skip the whole pointless exercise and start off in heaven? At least there I’d be in possession of all the facts from the off and be better able to make an informed decision.
So what’s my point? My point is it seems to me that most religions concentrate on constructing reasons and beliefs that govern our rational and behaviour in life. But all they’re really doing is tossing the big questions of existence over the fence into the after-life where we’re not supposed to worry about them. But they’ll still be waiting for us when we get there.
Personally, I think that if there is a heaven (and I don’t believe there is) there’ll be people there inventing a whole new layer of religion, that promise an after-after-life on the next step up, just as long as you behave and believe. But of course, if you believe such things there’ll always be a next step up, and never a point of final arriving.