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Monday, July 4, 2011

On Paradise, the Afterlife, and the Kingdom of Heaven




Matthew 22:30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

Mark 12:25 For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.

Luke 20:34 And Jesus answering said unto them: The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: 35 But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: 36 Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.


For instance, take this sample: he [mortal man] has imagined a heaven, and has left entirely out of it the supremest of all his delights, the one ecstasy that stands first and foremost in the heart of every individual of his race -- and of ours -- sexual intercourse!

It is as if a lost and perishing person in a roasting desert should be told by a rescuer he might choose and have all longed-for things but one, and he should elect to leave out water!

His [man's] heaven is like himself: strange, interesting, astonishing, grotesque. I give you my word, it has not a single feature in it that he actually values. It consists -- utterly and entirely -- of diversions which he cares next to nothing about, here in the earth, yet is quite sure he will like them in heaven. Isn't it curious? Isn't it interesting? You must not think I am exaggerating, for it is not so. I will give you details.


You know what the human race enjoys and what it doesn't enjoy.

1. First of all, I recall to your attention the extraordinary fact with which I began. To wit, that the human being, like the immortals, naturally places sexual intercourse far and away above all other joys -- yet he has left it out of his heaven! The very thought of it excites him; opportunity sets him wild; in this state he will risk life, reputation, everything -- even his queer heaven itself -- to make good that opportunity and ride it to the overwhelming climax. From youth to middle age all men and all women prize copulation above all other pleasures combined, yet it is actually as I have said: it is not in their heaven; prayer takes its place.

That rich gift [intercourse] which, possessed as we possess it, makes all other possessions trivial and not worth the trouble of invoicing.




We're all Muslims deep inside...


Is it any wonder then that Muslims believe that everybody's born a Muslim, that Islam is man's original religion, and every conversion to Islam is actually a "reversion", even if that person has never been a Muslim before?... They even go so far as to fancy themselves to be monotheists, when -in fact- the only God they truly serve is their flesh, their bellies, and their loins. -- But at least they have a very good excuse, come Judgment Day: they lacked God's revelation... which is something that many Christians such as myself cannot -sadly- use in their defense...

3 comments :

Bruno C said...

Wow. Pretty good and elucidative post. Love all the textual and video connections. I had no idea that was what the Muslims really believed about the afterlife... I mean, I was never sure whether all that popular chitchat about the 72 virgins (but especially all that it implied, regardless of whether the story of the virgins itself is real or not) even had any ground and never really cared to find out to be honest, but wow.

Lvka said...

This post wasn't really about Muslims... much like this one isn't about Hindus either...

Bruno C said...

Yes I had got the point. But still...