Heaven, Hell & Judgements

We may be surprised at the people we find in heaven. God has a soft spot for sinners. His standards are quite low.
— Desmond Tutu

Brothers & Sisters,

Let us for the sake of this letter agree that Heaven & Hell both exist. And if we accept that they are, we should also recognize that when we die there will be a judgment which decides where we might reside for our lives in eternity. The next step in this theory would be the dissection of what kind of life we should lead to getting to heaven. However, we will not traverse down this path as it is not up to me, you or anyone on this earth to judge whether someone goes to heaven or hell.

At the essence of our very being, we should desire to live a good life. Allowing hate into our lives and growing the seed of iniquity in our hearts will 'poison the well.' I believe that no one actually decides to live a life filled with hate. I do speculate though that those whose lives that we would recognize as less than good have allowed themselves to adopt the cold shadow of evil that accompanies us everywhere and is always looking for an opportunity to wedge its way into our lives.

If we can agree on the prior passage of living a good life, then we should stop worrying about whether someone other than ourselves is going to end up in Heaven or Hell. Instead, we should use that energy we're consuming on making sure that we're right with the Lord and ourselves. Let us start with the exercise of emptying ourselves. The more room we have in our lives for God, the closer our relationship will be with Him, and you will find it much easier to live a good life. Perhaps we should start with our egos. They are most often over-inflated to prop ourselves up in the attempt to feel good. But for how long do we feel good? Generally, in the grand scheme of things, it's a fleeting moment of feeling better, and you're actually not living a good life by walking around all pumped up by your own accords. Instead, lose your ego to the depths of whatever hole you can cast it to so that will not crawl back and embrace your humility. Understand that you'll never be God-like and thus omnibenevolent, omniscient and omnipotent. If we accept that God is omnibenevolent, then we can use that perfect goodness as a goal post to continuously strive to reach. We'll never get there, but if we work on getting close, our lives will be filled with joy and bear many fruits.

If by beginning to empty ourselves of materialistic desires and desires that merely prop us up for a limited time we find that we'll have far more time to discern the other forces in our lives, make adjustments and continue on the path towards perfect goodness. Alas, we're human, and when we're told that a goal is ultimately unattainable, we tend to lose faith in that goal. However, if we lean on our faith and understand that God merely wants us to have made an attempt to live a good life. Perhaps then we can allow the goal of perfect goodness to fade into the distance, always stay in the back of our mind but permit us to have a more reasonable view of a good life here on earth.

Yours,
Jeff

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