The Gospel According to John Lennon Part 1

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

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace

 

Have you ever sat down and wondered what’s wrong with the world?  You see murders, scams, and disasters filling the headlines and just want to see all of it go away.  If you were to imagine a better world, where would you start?  What simple things would you wish for all mankind that would bring peace and harmony to everyone?

People turn to religion for answers to the meaning and purpose of life.  That meaning and purpose ultimately leads to what will happen to them after they die.  Most all religions teach of a heaven or hell that would be your destination based on the life you live while on Earth.  Because of the risk/reward of what will come after they die, people live their life a certain way.  That’s where Lennon begins his iconic song.

“Imagine there’s no heaven”.  Many religious individuals look to heaven as their destination in life.  They get caught up in their good deeds as their ticket to a better place.  Their heart isn’t in the work they do here.  It’s only necessity to help others and live in harmony as a means to a better after world.

Then there are all the other people who use the fear of heaven and hell to scare you into belief.  Extremists use heaven and hell to oppress.  Would we need a heaven or hell if people lived for today?  If Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and others lived life as if this could be the world they dream of?  How is their heaven going to change if they all get up to their perfect golden city in the clouds and they all behave the same way they do now?  If you aren’t willing to change today, why would you deserve a heaven?

What puts so many people at odds with each other are the differences they see. We’re afraid of people who dress different, talk different, believe different, or look different.  We try to change them.  Teach them what’s American, Christian, or logical.  We see differences as reasons not to share resources or help one another when in need.  We’d rather kill or die for ourselves.  Living life for peace is a foreign concept.

Imagine what life would look like without heaven as a scapegoat, lawsuits as a means to settling disputes, poverty as a result of overindulgence, religions creating barriers, politics creating wars.  Imagine…

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