God & Heaven: the end of the religious rainbow

This comparison is a day late, but I didn't have time to post it yesterday.

It seems that for many, all it takes is the desire for there to be a God and all his rewards for belief. They want this to be true with all their heart. In fact, over time, many convince themselves that they know it is true. In fact, I've been asked by many, "But don't you want to live forever/go to Heaven?". As if the desire for this translates to causing it to be reality. Of course, we know that simple desires do not influence reality. You can point this out, but it is often just brushed aside.

But this magical desire for reward is comparable elsewhere. It is said that at the end of a rainbow you'll find a pot of gold. I would like it to be true that I could stumble upon a pot of gold, or even track one down. But I of course know that wishing I could find a pot of gold does not translate in to one actually existing 'at the end of the rainbow'. Similarly, the Theist may wish for an afterlife, but in this instance they are actually able to trick themselves into thinking it's real. But what if I devote my life to finding that gold? I could watch the weather reports 'religiously', track down rainbows and speed to the area the end of the rainbow appears to be! Does that make it true now? Of course not! But the religious can devote their days to their God in hopes of the 'ultimate reward'. Yet they see it almost as if they collect points down the line. Like the more they devote to it, the realer it is in their mind. Next, I may point out that a rainbow is just an optical phenomenon caused by light shinning through water droplets in the atmosphere. Thus, there is no end, beginning, etc. Phisically, there's nothing there, it's just light. Since there is no physical end, there is no where for a pot of gold to be hidden. Ah, but then someone tells me that that's just true for 'regular' rainbows. Leprechauns rainbows look exactly like regular ones, are indistinguishable and DO have an end! Sounds a lot like when someone tells me that God lives in Heaven in a different realm from you and I. Both are unsubstantiated qualifiers. A desperate moving of the goalposts to keep their claim from failing.

It's sad, and I believe a bit childish as well, that so many can't draw this distinction. A wish, is well and good. But no amount of wishing can ever make it true if it isn't. Whether this comparison would make many realize this fact is questionable. But we can always hope.

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Comment by Mario Rodgers on March 19, 2010 at 1:39am
Existing for all eternity in any kind of state is not my idea of a good time. If a person is happy in a place called heaven, it certainly is a kind of facade.

On another note, I was waiting in line for a rollercoaster at Six Flags Fiesta and a guy in front of me was talking to his daughter about God and praying, and the little girl said "I want to go to heaven." It's really sad to see this level of brainwashing on kids, but I couldn't bring myself to say anything.
Comment by James on March 19, 2010 at 11:24am
Oh, I agree. I personally don't see living forever as the great thing that the Religious do. The prospect of an eternity would simply zap the wonder and value from the days. I feel it would get real boring before long. Not to mention, the Christian version of Heaven seems boring (and impossible too BTW) from the word go. The ONLY version of an afterlife that could be cool would be some form of reincarnation, where you don't necessarily remember the past life(s). You'd get to experience things again for the first time, or even get a totally new perspective. That said, I am fully satisfied with this being my one and only life. The idea of a conscious eternity is not appealing to me either.

That's sad that the kid was so brainwashed. If you were to ask her why, she'd probably tell you that it's a perfect place. Ask how it's perfect and they'll say, it just is! *insert delusional grin here* It has to be! ...
Comment by Mario Rodgers on March 20, 2010 at 12:56am
I don't think it's sad for a little girl to want heaven anymore than a girl wanting Santa Clause. What makes it sad(not the Santa thing) is the inverse of the idea. She said she WANTS to go to heaven. Somehow, probably inadvertently, these kids probably think that bad kids go to hell. Or if kids somehow DO go to this magical place called heaven, they're probably trained to not think about all the people that have lived normal lives but are being tormented in hell thanks this evil prick of a deity for having a different belief system.
Comment by Johnny on April 18, 2010 at 10:37am
Comment by luvtheheaven on April 18, 2010 at 5:30pm
Great post, I'm glad it was featured in the Sunday Morning Service. Great replies too. Next time I come across someone saying "But don't you *want* to go to heaven" I'll have a nice retort now LOL.
Comment by Galen on April 18, 2010 at 7:26pm
I dunno about "forever' but I could do with living for an insanely long amount of time. At least as long as it took to explore every corner of the universe and answer every question. That would be awesome. But to live forever doing nothing but worshiping some dude? Huh, no thanks.
Comment by RockyTIJ on April 18, 2010 at 11:30pm
A while back I was having a discussion about heaven with a buddy of mine who's a believer. He was pretty adamant and firm in both his manner and appearance. I asked him, "But what if heaven is just one long, eternal church service? For ever and ever."

I watched his face as he began to realize just what that might mean if it were true. It went from firm and harsh to thoughtful for a couple of seconds and then to sad and disappointed. The transformation was one I'll never forget.

Not to mention the fact that there won't be any dogs in heaven. That'd just suck.


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