Hi everyone, I'm back! That's right, raise your crucifixes and your wooden stakes!
Don't have much time so I won't be engaging in my usual lengthy debates. Keeping it short but sweet...
I'm pondering the subject of games and life. We all know roughly that games have certain basic rules that are held in common to all. For example, there must be two opposing sides with opposing goals, and there needs to be a fair chance of either side winning.
Why do we play games? For entertainment. A boxing match wouldn't be so exciting if both men were trying to knock the one of them out. It's the fight, the challenge, the competition that makes it entertaining.
Where am I going with all this? Well, games are fun even though they involve struggle and hardship.
The question is; to what extent is life a game? If there were no struggles, no drama, no difficulties to face or challenges of any sort, there would be no game, and thus no fun. Life would be boring.
And then you have to consider how that impacts religion... if heaven is this wonderous place where nothing ever goes wrong, where no-one struggles and everyone is good and no bad things ever happen... wouldn't you rather just die?!
In the short term heaven might be great. Give it a while and you'll get bored of 'perfection'... you'd probably gather a bunch of like-minded heavenfolk and rebell, fall to earth, and start this same show all over again!
The overall point here is that heaven/good is just one team in the game of life. The other team is hell/bad and to be in either one would suck really badly. The best place to be is right here on earth, where we can live a fairly well-balanced life where both good and bad things can happen to keep us busy. Sure you keep fighting for and aspiring to good, as that's what the game is all about - the fight. But ultimately you don't want to win because then the game is over, the end.
Does anyone agree?