In order to decide, we have to have some idea what heaven is, or what is meant by heaven. What are benefits of obligation of heaven. Unless we know, what is the point of being there?
This very question prompted me to embark on my last (soon to be published) historical novel, Peter & Paul. Unbeknownst to most, they, Peter and Paul, had to deal with the same subject some two thousand years ago.
Yeshûa, who later became known as Jesus, (a meaningless translation of the inspiring Hebrew word meaning ‘deliverance through Jah’), taught that heaven is within us. The actual phrase, I believe, was “Kingdom of God is within you”. Since God is generally reputed to be in heaven, I find that close enough. By the way, God being omnipresent makes consciousness omnipresent too. We are only individualization of that single consciousness. (“I and my father are one”, “I am within you, you within me…” et al, remember?).
For some reason various religions obliterated all that. I suppose there is no money in a heaven that is here and now. All religions advocate that to reach that kingdom we have to die first. That may or may not be true, but it has NOTHING to do with the teaching of the Bible.
Look it up.
And thus, in spite of what priests, imams or any other assortment of padres of all faith told me, I decided to enter my Kingdom here and now. And once you try it, you’ll find it quite easy. After all, heaven is neither more nor less than a state of consciousness—albeit, a glorious one! And, after all, this is what, in fact, what we all are: individual (indivisible) units of the Omnipresent Consciousness. Our reality depends simply on where we place our attention. The stuff we experience with our physical senses is just a transient, ephemeral, dream. I also play the game, but I don’t take it too seriously.
As for entering the awareness of heaven, in my case it took about ten years of daily contemplation—just ten, or a little more, minutes a day. It’s worth it.
PS. Re “individual units”: individual, in Latin, means indivisible. Thus, in a way, we are all One.