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Heaven and Hell

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Most religions have a belief structure surrounding the afterlife. Raised Southern Baptist, my early beliefs of Heaven and Hell, were about where the good and bad people respectively, go after death. When I became an adult and ventured out into the world, I discovered that although the concepts of Heaven and Hell were common, the how of entry varied—in other words, what it took to get into one or the other. I began to explore beyond religious constructs and found I had questions. Lot of questions. A big one was, if the how of entry could be different, then perhaps the whole concept itself could also be called into question. Thus began even more examination, a journey I expect to continue on my entire life.

What if Heaven and Hell are really about this life, while still living, and not some place in the sky (Heaven) or in fire under the ground (Hell)? I’m sure you’ve all known someone whose life is a living hell… perhaps it’s you? And we all know someone who seems to have been triply blessed regardless of religious affiliation.

What if when we die, we all become beings of Light, given an opportunity to review our lives and learn from what we did right and what we could have done better? That there is no punishment, only love?

I’ve learned that many people share my consideration, even some who are deeply religious. I would like to open a dialogue on these “what ifs?” but please do a deeper dive and not just a knee-jerk reaction based on what you believe. All opinions are welcome, but if you’ve come here to argue that your way is the only way, you’re in the wrong place.

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