What if there is actually a god? Not the god from the Bible or Koran but a thinking God. A creator who doesn’t just reward someone for doing what He says but for using the gifts that He gave them, their free will, intelligence and their own sense of right and wrong. Imagine if this thinking god had decided that a test was needed to try to sort out the innately good from the others in the world. Thus deciding who it was that really deserved the reward of paradise.
It is quite plain to see that the bible or any other religious texts, if taken literally, are often an extremely poor source of moral teaching. Surely a compassionate creator being would see more worth in rewarding someone for living a good life, for doing the right thing simply because it is the right thing to do rather than rewarding someone simply because they believed in Him.
Now imagine if in his great plan He devised a test to find out the truly worthy people. He would send down several different texts and get them declared as his word and say that to be granted access to heaven then the texts must be followed. These texts would include outrageous demands such as the killing of a neighbour who works on a specific day or the slaying of whole towns for worshipping someone or something different to Him. They would also include things that are obviously good rules to follow such as the golden rule, do Unto others as you would have them do unto you. Furthermore some of the instructions will be contradictory just to blur the lines slightly.
The people that this thinking god would reward would be the ones that didn’t adhere to said texts because they were the word of God but would stick to some of them because they are simply the right thing to do. The rewards would come not necessarily to the believer but to the thinker. Heaven will be the destination of the man who has actually done what he can to help others and has done what he thinks right, not just what he thinks will please God.
Those who go to hell will include believers. Those who kill in the name of god will not be found innocent. We all know that the line I was just following orders is not an excuse, we saw this at the Nuremberg trials and the thinking God will also see this.
Just a thought. Maybe a lot of current believers would be found lacking if such was the case.