Originally Posted by revefsreleets
I think this is actually more simple than we've built it out to be over the last 10,000 years.
If you die and believe there is absolutely NOTHING awaiting you, well, that's just it. That sucks!
Humans have incredible imaginations. Not only have those imaginations created spectacular works of fiction, but they've also spawned huge leaps in science by questioning and observing and experimenting. It's no special extra leap at all to put tab A in slot A and reasonably hypothesize that humans have, over great periods of time, invented something bigger and better awaiting us other than a black and empty void.
As Preach likes to say, it's the ultimate metanarrative....the grandest story about a story ever told, ingrained into our collective thinking over the accumulated millennium....and it's certainly better than believing in than the boring and awful (and most probably real) vast emptiness of eternal nothingness that ultimately awaits us when we shuffle off this mortal coil.
maybe you've pretty much summed up why Heaven was created. Not so much a truth more a propaganda tool so instead of people thinking that after death we were simply nothing, that maybe after death we went to a better place.
Undoubetedly invented to make our way of life better so we would always think we were working towards something better in the afterlife when the reality really is that we have nothing waiting for us, the light us your last chance to say goodbye.