Elsewhere in these scribblings I have mooted the idea that good and evil are merely so, when viewed from WITHOUT. I.e., Hitler did not see himself as a villain any more than Mother Theresa saw herself as a heroine.
But the Christian ideology has it that when we die, we end up standing in front of Saint Peter, who looks in a VAST book (probably a computer screen now) to see the account of our lifetime’s deeds – and makes a snap decision on whether or not we make the cut.
In other words, if we have lead a RELATIVELY blameless life, we get to sit on a cloud for eternity – whereas if we are Charlie Sheen, we go down to The Pit.
However, here is a thought – suppose the decision were left up to US?
We were allowed to judge OURSELVES. The rules would be (1) we would be permitted to include mitigating and extenuating circumstances in our deliberations – so if we had a rough upbringing, we would be fine with ANY past misdeeds – but (2) we would be COMPELLED to be HONEST about how we REALLY felt about our actions.
And to help us, a chart with a points system would be supplied, where EVERY deed would be listed.
Score above 50% and welcome to Heaven.
I suspect that if this system were in force, Heaven would be full to overcrowding and Hell would merely be peopled by losers and those with DEEP inferiority complexes.