Well do you really have to believe in a God in this life to get into Heaven or Paradise in the next life? Is belief an essential part of doing the will of your God? Or is it simply a matter of behaving correctly, doing good, and following the rules and principles of the respective faith? Do you have to believe, do you have to pray to be a good person and do God’s work?
Here is a little joke. ‘Once upon a time there was a good Protestant man who died and was welcomed into Heaven. St Peter told him to enjoy himself and that there was only one restriction; he wasn’t allowed to go through a door in a surrounding wall. Everything was fine and everyone was having a really good time and partying, but the man was still a bit unhappy – he was bewildered about the other side of the wall. St Peter felt sorry for him and let him look through the door. There to the man’s surprise was exactly the same set up as on his side with loads of people partying. St Peter warned the man to keep quiet saying “they are the Catholics and they think they are the only ones here” ‘. The funny point is that each religion firmly believes that their faith is the only route to the true afterlife – but is it?
If all the answers are YES then surely you are a candidate for God’s approval?
Many religions demand that people do not worship another god. But is this really what God burdens a flock with to allow an afterlife? Humans are often thinking but inadequate individuals who surely can’t be expected by God to be always right in their decisions which are not sinful? If people live a good and admirable life but are even atheists are they ‘black balled’ from the afterlife? This concept destroys the necessary and proper respect that each religion needs to give another. All religions should live in harmony as part of their faith and due tolerance of mankind.
If your God doesn’t want to let you in, do you really want to be there?