The Heaven Myth

Religionists see everything in black and whites, especially when it comes to one's eternal destiny. Either one is "saved" or one is eternally "lost". This is why so many simplistic formulas (e.g. sinners' prayers, various baptisms, speaking in tongues, joining the right church, etc.) have been created to determine who is saved and who is lost.
The heaven myth teaches that something can be done in an instant of time which will assure a person of a ticket to heaven after they die. To prove their faith in the myth, people are encouraged by their various religious leaders to proclaim loudly and longly that they know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are "saved".
This arrogant attitude in itself is proof of a lack of real confidence on the part of these people, and it is what puts most people off conversations with religionists. A self-righteous, know-it-all attitude rarely attracts honest, intelligent listeners.
Jesus Christ spoke of eternal life, but he never spoke of "going to heaven when you die." He taught much about going to the kingdom of (or from) heaven, which is here on earth right now in the form of the truths that Christ taught, and the people who accept and practice them.

This kingdom is only a revolutionary force now, but when Christ returns, he promises to establish visible rule over the whole earth.
So "heaven" is not where we go, but rather where the kingdom (and its king) come from (John 3:13-21)
Believing in Christ cannot be completed in a moment of time (as though one could dispense with that chore and then get back to what really interests him). It is an on-going relationship which may either deepen or dissolve as we get to know more about him and his teachings. (John 8:30-31)
Salvation (or being saved) begins right now, as the truths of Christ save us from the lies, fears, greed, and hatred of this present evil world. The more one gets away from the teachings of Christ, the more lost he becomes in the mess of myths and confusion that exist in a godless world and in man's counterfeit religions.


Bible References:

John 3:13-21: And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

John 8:30-31:As he spake these words, many believed on him.
31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed.

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