Dylan has a song on "Time Out Of Mind" called "Tryin' to Get to Heaven."
The line is repeated: Tryin' to get to heaven before they close the door.
I got to thinking - why shouldn't the afterlife be that way?
Life is tangled up in broken promises, dead dreams, lies, pettiness, greed and suffocating souls.
Why should the afterlife be any different?
I can picture God standing with his hands on the wrought iron gates of heaven, looking over the millions of good souls who have recently died, people who lived ethically in the belief they would be rewarded, people who assume there is infinite space in heaven.
Which there is.
But God, wearing a lop sided grin, randomly slams the gate shut and points his finger southward.
All the sweet souls tumble towards the fire in horrid disbelief, battered by the ear splitting decibel level of God's malicious laugh.
If this scenario is too evil for you, consider a God who allows children to get cancer.