It is a mystery.
It does not make sense.
It is what Christian leaders insisted on,
but it seems an uncertain foundation
on which to build our lives,
despite their rulings.

For these are ideas developed by ancient clerics,
to control and console their communities,
giving hope that justice will prevail,
even if not here and now.

For these are ideas maintained by church and state;
Means of affirming the law and constitution,
affirming that justice will prevail
even if not here and now.

For these are ideas maintained by the Christian church;
Means of controlling the state, the secular world,
dominating through a holy fear
of what may follow life.

This, they cry, is what Christians must affirm,
agree to, or face eternal torment
and earthly excommunication,
communal exclusion.

Such ideas are tainted by human agenda;
can not be the final answer;
deny a God of love.

So we may come to realise that
sin has no certain consequence,
nor goodness any eternal reward.

The whole concept of post-life existence
arose from the realisation that being good,
or obeying the laws of land and temple,
produced no benefits in this life.

It promotes the idea that there must be more
some ultimate reward for life after death
reward and penalty once life is over
as there is none in this life.

There must be a reason for being "good"
following the precepts of the priests
the proclaimed commandments
of unknown divinity.

Maybe God's purpose is intertwined
with our progressive progress,
evoluting into goodness,
growing His Kingdom
where we are.