Few people give heaven much thought. Unfortunately, traditional religions offer very few details and insights about heaven, other than that it is a place where there is great joy and happiness.
Because of this lack of detail, people are left to form their own subjective opinions about heavenly joy and bliss. And the only thing they have to go on is what they experience from bodily delights and worldly joys. After death, this can cause some to assume God will give them admittance into a world of pure pleasure, high personal status, and having their every need immediately attended to.
People with this belief put themselves in great danger when they try to approach heaven before being properly prepared.
The Lord makes it clear in the New Testament that we are to love God above all things and love our neighbors as ourselves. These two big religious tenets help us to prepare our hearts (the spirit) for the joys of mutual love.
Heaven cannot be anything other than mutual love.
Therefore, if one believes that heaven will bring them personal gain, increased status, power and wealth, he or she is given a big surprise after leaving the terrestrial orb and begin seeking out heaven as a spiritual being.
No sooner do they reach the first threshold of heaven than they begin to feel anguish. With each step this anguish increases until they begin to smell a choking cadaverous stench coming from themselves. They literally begin to “stink to high heaven.” Finally, this agony and torture becomes so great they writhe and flee away, becoming enraged that being among angels had produced this effect on them.
Why would this be?
The heavenly sphere of mutual love among angels (who are actually evolved humans) produces a spiritual environment that is in opposition to that of the qualities that radiate outward from self-love. The latter quality produces a stench and extreme discomfort when in the presence of the angelic quality.
So in heaven, an unprepared person is forced to sense the true inner quality of his or her heart (which is the quality of one’s spirit). In heaven, such a person senses the painful difference between these opposing qualities in such intense ways that they feel as though they would perish if they keep approaching.
The reason for feeling this threat of disintegration is that when one’s proper or “Ruling” Love is opposed to divine order, it gets extinguished in heaven. Since what one loves forms one’s life in the spiritual world, a person with such an opposing disposition to that of angels will feel life failing in heaven.
We are all here on earth to help the Lord create a heaven from the human race. That is the purpose of both creation and evolution. Unlike other creatures, the human species is adapted for continuing its evolution into a non-physical realm through a proper preparation of the heart and mind (which are not physical qualities).
Religion is God’s strategy for helping humankind succeed in gaining eternal happiness.
What values do you hold in your heart? What would happen to you if you stepped into heaven?