One Way To Heaven?

 

It is a common cliché that everyone is different.  There are so many personalities in the world.  We have been taught that these personalities represent the innate nature of people and are a reflection of the soul.  We are also taught that personality existed prior to life and will exist after life as well.  Evidence for life before or after this one will be discussed later, but for now my point has to do with the diversity of personality.

According to LDS philosophy in particular (and Christian philosophy in general), there is only one way to heaven.  Matthew 7:13-14 states “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.“  This suggests the notion of conformity.  I find this a little limiting and perhaps unfair in that not everyone sees the world the same way and eternal salvation is based on their compliance.  What about those who can’t seem to believe or who are not able to participate for cultural, logistic or economic reasons?

I understand that a test is a test.  Some pass and some don’t.  But I do struggle with the idea that there is no allowance for diversity of individuals or lifestyles.  The test seems fundamentally unfair, not to me, because I was born on the supposed inside track.  I have all the information I need to be successful at the test.  But what about all those people who will fail by no fault of their own.  My own sense of fairness makes me not want to participate in the test until everyone can get a fair shake.

Conclusion:  Life is unfair.  That is a plain truth if there is no god.  But if there is a benevolent and just god, I have to hope that there will be some provision for people who didn’t have a fair opportunity.   More likely in my mind is the probability that there is no god and we must make the best of our very short lives.


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