Heaven fills the need for people to be remembered in a good light by friends,family and peers. It does this by promoting behaviors that will keep the deceased in positive terms. Whereas Hell seems to be a place of empty nothingness and to end up there one needs to engage in non life promoting acts. The worse a person is in life the easier it is to hate or even forget them in death, right? What's worse to a narcissistic being like humans than being hated forever?
Is the origin of religion this?
A group of intellectuals wishing to control the masses plays on their own lust for immortality through the ages and create heaven and hell? Heaven and Hell are used as conditioning tools to enforce behaviors that ensure the survival of a particular culture, therein, a preservation of the bloodline's leadership? This is a universal and not a Christian thing..just the religions that reward and punish in the afterlife.
better, the mechanisms that control man were eventually transmuted into one sacred object or place. The natural energy we feel with other humans (think at a football stadium or the L.A. riots) can be manipulated by a few.
The argument for non-existence of Heaven and Hell (hence, the non-existence of God) fills the need for people to avoid accountability for their actions and remain cognitively consistent when relinquishing self-control and power by submitting to their animal urges and indulging in whatever acts they please, to whatever degree of morality?
A group of intellectuals wishing to control the masses plays on their own lust for immorality and creates empiricism, skepticism, nihilism and the overall idea of moral relativism?
See what I did there?
On a sidenote. When are you guys going to finally get it into your thick skulls that not all people who believe in God, Heaven and Hell act morally based upon the desire to avoid punishment and get a doggy treat?
Heaven and Hell are fabrications created by slick humans as a means of controlling the sucker humans.
You tell me another way I'm supposed to take that. I guess I am just as thick as cold molasses, and you and Popeye both know more definitions than I do for the words "create," "control," "enforce," "condition," and "behavior."
Anyway, I was just "creating" an alternative idea for "controlling," "enforcing," and "conditioning" certain "behaviors" particular to the human race. Take it or leave it. It's all relative, right?
People's concept of heaven and hell is completely wrong according to the Christian view. Nowhere in the Bible does it say heaven will be filled with all your desires and hell will be filled with eternal torture. Heaven, as in Biblical references, is a place to worship, glorify, and be with God for all eternity. Heaven is for God, not for man just like man was made for God not vice versa. Hell is a place of eternal separation from God. It is not a place where you will be tortured around the clock for all eternity.
In this view, I think Hank Hanegraaff described it best saying those who wind up in hell want to wind up in hell. They have spent their entire lives trying to avoid a relationship with God. So when they wind up separated from him for all eternity they have successfully gotten what they want. This isn't being mean spirited or vicious. Why would someone that didn't love God want to go to heaven where they would be with him forever? It's like saying all roads lead to heaven. Then what about those that don't believe in heaven?