Under christian theology, humans have the free will choice to accept or reject god and to follow or reject the temptation of sin. Assuming this version of reality is true, what happens when you go to heaven? Do you stop wanting to sin? Is it impossible to sin? Or can you still choose to reject god and be sent to hell?
I would guess that most christians never think about this. And it brings up a number of questions.
If you stop wanting to sin in heaven:
1. If sin is a choice in heaven, you can still be immoral and harm
other people. Thus making heaven an imperfect place.
2. The only deterrent to evil behavior is fear of consequences and guilt. If heaven has no fear, guilt or consequences, what is stopping people from evil behavior?
3. If od has the power to stop people from wanting to sin in heaven, why can’t he do it on earth?
If god makes it impossible to sin in heaven:
1. Why not bypass earth and create all people in heaven? Does god get joy from watching people suffer? Why put his “beloved” humans on an imperfect planet? Is our existence on earth some sort of twisted game?
2. If your free will taken away from you in heaven, how is that a reward? Do you become a slave with every day controlled like a mindless robot? If your free will is taken away, that makes you a prisoner.
3. Lastly, how did satan fall away from god if he couldn’t sin in heaven?
If you can reject god and/or sin in heaven:
1. If you can sin in heaven and be sent to hell, how is it different than earth?
2. How could evil things happen in a so-called perfect place?
3. People would spend eternity avoiding sin and fearing god’s wrath. That doesn’t sound like a joyful eternity.
The idea of a perfect christian heaven is flawed no matter how you look at it. Either you are a mindless drone, or god is some sort of ruling dictator in heaven still threatening people with hell. Under either description, heaven isn’t a perfect place.
Or there is always the possibility that heaven is an imaginary place invented by ancient Jewish men.
What about "free will" in life? The Bible instructs how to deal with an atheist or anyone who rejects god . . . Kill them.
The vast majority of christians are very good people. They follow Jesus’ teaching to “love your enemies”. But as we see throughout the Bible, this teaching is contradicted over and over again. According to the following verses, christians should kill anyone who dares not worship their god and would be arrogant enough to reject christian teaching.
Kill those who speak rebellion against god.
The false prophets or visionaries who try to lead you astray must be put to death, for they encourage rebellion against the LORD your God, who redeemed you from slavery and brought you out of the land of Egypt. Since they try to lead you astray from the way the Lord your God commanded you to live, you must put them to death. In this way you will purge the evil from among you. (Deuteronomy 13:5)
Kill anyone who arrogantly rejects priests.
Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death. Such evil must be purged from Israel.(Deuteronomy 17:12)
Kill anyone who refuses to seek god.
They agreed that anyone who refused to seek the LORD, the God of Israel, would be put to death—whether young or old, man or woman. (2 Chronicles 15:13)
Kill anyone who violates the covenant of god.
If a man or woman living among you in one of the towns the LORD gives you is found doing evil in the eyes of the LORD your God in violation of his covenant . . . and this has been brought to your attention, then you must investigate it thoroughly. If it is true and it has been proved that this detestable thing has been done in Israel, take the man or woman who has done this evil deed to your city gate and stone that person to death. (Deuteronomy 17:2,4-5)
Those refusing to retain knowledge of god deserve death.
They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen . . . Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done . . . They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too. (Romans 1:25,28,32)
Thankfully, christians ignore these Bible verses and/or explain them away with the “new covenant” of Jesus. But it is illogical to describe him as a “god of love” and justify his commandment to kill anyone who dares deny his existence. God’s multiple personality disorder reads more like a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde novel than a book of divine wisdom and teaching.
According to these verses, god gives us free will to follow him or be murdered.
1. The ability or discretion to choose; free choice: chose to remain behind of my own free will.
2. The power of making free choices that are unconstrained by external circumstances or by an agency such as fate or divine will.
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Threats of death and eternal damnation for choosing to not believe just doesn't seem like free will to me...It is sure not a choice made unconstrained by external circumstances...So, no, I guess there is not "free will" after all.