A. It depends on how ‘Believe in God’ is interpreted. If it is interpreted as ‘realise what God is’, the answer is ‘No’. You should know that believing in God is realising what God is, which means no other than going to Heaven. This is referred to as enlightenment in Buddhism. Then, the statement ‘people can’t go to Heaven without believing in God’ makes sense.
However, if it is interpreted as worshipping something, or someone that we imagine as almighty, then we are deluded by the illusion of God. This is contrary to the teaching of Christianity. For instance, John 14:20 in the Bible says, “I am in you and you are in me” and one of the Commandments says, “You shall not make idols.” To realise that God is one with us is to believe in God, which is to go to Heaven.
Student: “How can I go to Heaven?”
Master: “Realise that you are one with God by removing the illusion of God.”
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