Ethics of Paradise

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    I am an atheist, but I believe that in the future technologies will allow creating an artificial God, the Afterlife, Paradise, etc.
    My question is: if you were to design Paradise, what rules would you set for getting there?
    The attitude of different religions to the problem of life after death is quite different. Abrahamic religions have one, Buddhism has another, Shintoism has the third, and so on. Conflict between different ethical systems is possible (suicide in Christianity is a mortal sin, and in the Japanese Code Bushido is a way to save honor).
    It will also be important to take into account the ideological features of alien communities, if they exist in our (and not only in our) Universe besides us. They also need to be taken to the Afterlife.
    There is a theory that everyone will be given according to his faith. But in the case of atheists, you can also take them to Paradise.
    The most attractive is the idea that after death you need to take everyone into Paradise - regardless of their deeds and faith in life. This will avoid uncertainty when, under different ethical and religious systems, the activities of different people are evaluated differently.
    So in Paradise, I want to take both the righteous and the villains. Paradise, I imagine a place like a social network, where everyone chooses with whom to be friends with and with whom to communicate and whom to ignore.
    One thing is certain: there will be no sin in the afterlife.
     
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    I am not so sure that an afterlife created by man-made technologies would be devoid of sin.
     
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    Paradise would be a material-free condition where pure spirit, knowledge and awareness were enjoyed by those who had experienced the opposites.
     
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    The attitude of different religions to the problem of life after death is quite different. Abrahamic religions have one, <<< This has little value or fundamental importance to lump Islam with Christianity. One is far more merciful than the other. Many other crucial differences in judgment or virtue separate the two.

    Suicide in Christianity is a mortal sin. <<< Not so. It may have been spoken of in those terms, yes, but never a formal teaching of Catholicism. Catholicism may define some sins as subject to being mortal, but it does not judge it be definitive in practice to any individual because of many mitigating factors. Nor has the Church ever declared any one particular soul to be in hell.

    It will also be important to take into account the ideological features of alien communities, if they exist in our universe besides us. <<< This is unproductive fanciful musings, imo. But I imagine if one rejects the words and manifestations of the one true God, then they are free to rely on their imagination or dreams.

    There is a theory that everyone will be given according to his faith. <<< As well as according to his works of charity, opportunities given, choices made and violation of one’s conscience.

    But in the case of atheists, you can also take them to Paradise. <<< Yes, you very well could be taken to paradise. But not without taking great risks along the way. Not an easy road, imo.

    What difference does it make that all religions have their own god or own theology when there is only one truth? You seem to be implying that truth cannot be known by humanity while on earth.
     
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    Perhaps truth is unknowable by humans.
    Perhaps something essential and sufficient about truth can be known.
     
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    "My question is: if you were to design Paradise, what rules would you set for getting there?"

    I get to set the rules?...dang...this is going to be fun.
     
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    I believe that Paradise should be open to everybody.
     
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    It already is...

    But outside are are dogs and sorcerers, murderers and idolators, and everyone who loves and practices deceit.
     
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    How about a "lie in salvation"?
     

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