People have always had unique ideas about what happens to us when we die.
The Egyptians buried the great pharaoh Cheops with a solar boat to sail to the next life.They had already gone green 5,000 before Al Gore was born.
American Indians would bury a pony and bow and arrows with a dead warrior. They wanted him to be prepared for the happy hunting grounds.
Eskimo children who died were buried with a dog who could guide them in the afterlife. Had they thought of it, they should have buried one with men too. Since they obviously wouldn't ask for directions.
Greeks would place a coin in the mouth of the corpse so he could pay the fare to cross what they believed was "the mystic river of death." Somehow that sounds more like Chicago, than heaven, with a toll booth. And if I woke up in Chicago, I'd probably think I'd gone the other direction.
People today have some interesting ideas about heaven. When Princess Di was killed in 1997, British people wrote memorials to her in public places.
Some said they thought she'd become a star in the sky. Some said she'd been an angel in disguise and now she went back to being an angel again. Others said she was an angel-in-training and now at death she got promoted. Kind of like Clarence from "It's A Wonderful Life"-just a little prettier.
Many Hindus believe in reincarnation. That they will come back as something else. Other people believe that everyone will to heaven. Many are so consumed with the here and now that they never even think about heaven.
Many today believe in annihilation-that they will simply cease to exist. This is what the Sadducees believed.