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Posted: 2/22/2006 4:57:49 AM EDT

Just being pragmatic here. I am a Christian. Therefore I believe that only Christians get into heaven. I understand a little of other religions. What is the story if you’re a Jew, Muslim, etc. if you believe in a heaven and not reincarnation will I get to go to heaven if you turn out to be right?
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 6:07:58 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/22/2006 6:10:42 AM EDT by scuba_ed]
The idea of an afterlife has been an idea of Judaism for millenia.

"All Israel have a portion in the World-to-Come"
-- Mishna, Sanhedrin 10:1

Though it's been an idea, it's never been a goal. Judaisn has always concentrated upon life in this world, working in partnership with G-d to complete his works. By that, it's understood in Judaism as Tikkun Olam, or repair of the world. G-d gave us the ability and resources act righteously and ethically to make this a worthwhile world for all life upon it, and Judaism views this work is not yet accomplished.

That said, Traditional Judaism also believes there is no "lock" on salvation...salvation is an alien thought to Traditional Judaism:

"The righteous among the nations of the world will have a share in the World-to-Come."
-- Tosefta, Sanhedrin 13:2



Ed
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 10:10:01 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/22/2006 10:14:26 AM EDT by 0ldGuy]

Originally Posted By hk940:
Just being pragmatic here. I am a Christian. Therefore I believe that only Christians get into heaven. I understand a little of other religions. What is the story if you’re a Jew, Muslim, etc. if you believe in a heaven and not reincarnation will I get to go to heaven if you turn out to be right?



The idea of going to heaven is a Christian concept. I do not concern myself with it nor does any Jew.

I must admit that when Christians spout this drivel, the thought of them being "raptured" off to a far corner of the universe seems very appealing to me.







Link Posted: 2/22/2006 10:43:50 AM EDT
beliefs about an afterlife vary amongst Unitarian Universalists, but the ones who believe in a heaven think we all wind up there eventually.

Link Posted: 2/22/2006 6:49:12 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/22/2006 6:50:36 PM EDT by FanoftheBlackRifle]
Yes, its humor. Yes, its old. But it fits here.


Question on a chemistry final:

Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)? Support your answer with a proof.

Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyles Law (gas cools off when it expands and heats up when it is compressed) or some variant.

One student, however, wrote the following:
First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So, we need to know the rate that souls are moving into Hell and the rate they are leaving. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for how many souls are entering Hell, let's look at the different religions that exist in the world today. Some of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since there are more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that most people and their souls go to Hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially.

Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyles Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand as souls are added.

This gives two possibilities.

1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose.
2. Of course, if Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.

So which is it?

If we accept the postulate given to me by Ms. Celine LeBlanc during my Freshman year - that "it will be a cold night in Hell before I sleep with you" - and take into account the fact that I still have not succeeded in having sexual relations with her, then (2) cannot be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic.

The student got the only A!




In short, we're all going to hell.

/window seat, please.
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