Imagine There’s No Heaven

by Josh Fults

Imagine there’s no heaven. It’s easy if you try. No hell below us, above us only sky. Imagine all the people, living for today. You probably recognize these words penned by late Beatle, John Lennon, who emotionally sang the words with its haunting piano accompaniment. Have you ever tried to imagine life without Heaven or Hell? What would life be like if we erased the fingerprints of God from the universe? What are the ramifications of life without God? The answer can only be absurdity, hopelessness, and as Lennon pointed out, “Living for today.”

If there is no God life is devoid of any ultimate purpose. You are born, you enjoy a few good times, you propagate your DNA, and then it is all over. One might even accomplish something worthy of a Nobel Prize, but to what avail? Eventually the universe will die of cold death or some other such fate. There will be no life or light. The universe will continue to expand into the abyss of nothingness. All of man’s accomplishments will amount to nothing. Imagining no heaven, no hell, no God, comes with a price tag. One gains the freedom to indulge their baser desires freely but loses any amount of significance, value, or purpose.

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Without God, man also loses hope. This is all there is: greedy, broken, selfish people crowding a planet that is gradually winding down. There is no hope that things will get better. Lennon’s song is a mantra for peace. He hoped that eventually the world could live in harmony, but why should they? Why should man not live for today the life that he desires most? Why should he care about anyone else? Eventually no one will know the difference anyway.

Lennon got it right when he said, “imagine all the people living for today.” That is the result of life without God. The only solace one can find is to do what makes them happy in the moment without regard to who it harms. One must grab whatever pleasure is available for the immediate taking, but eventually even pleasure cannot bring fulfillment, much less significance, value, or purpose. King Solomon pondered life without God and arrived at the same conclusion….

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