Thankyou all for your replies.
Poet Devine, and Denise, thankyou for those ideas. That is how I hope Heaven will be.
I originally wrote this post with the imagery of Revelation in mind. However, this imagery, one has to remember, is based upon a vision that the author had(or, according to some commentaries, was having at the time it was written).
Some interesting concepts. As mentioned above, much of Christianity's concept of Heaven is based soley upon the book of revelation, which was mostly a vision. My post was mostly about the beliefs of some fundamental Christian's, namely in the concept that the Bible should be taken literally in everything it says.
Now, about reincarnation, I do not believe in it. Frankly, lol, one life in this world is enough for me. Secondly, you're making a lot of assumptions about the limitations of the human mind here. For example, Einstein's brain was found to be different, physiologically, from many other people's brains. How does your theory account for this? Although it is still possible that he was reincarnated, the issue of his different brain still raises some questions about what physically makes a genius.
Secondly, being a genius is not some wonderful thing. Although I am not a genius, I am known to think and ponder a lot about major moral and philosophical dilemmas, until my face turns blue. Some people tell me this constitutes genius, but I don't know. I am sure that many other people do this, as well, and besides, I consider it narcicistic(sp) to label one's self a genius. Anyway, this tendency of mine often results in depression, or preocupations and obsessions, which can cause some pretty nasty problems in my social life.
Many people who are known to be geniuses have also lived some pretty horrible lives. Consider Keats. Mozart was manic depressive. Einstein had a learning disability. Stephen Hawking has ALS.
About the devil, and showing perspicity:
In my opinion, the greatest testament to the Devil's work in this world was convincing this world that he does not exist. I think that this has much to do with the actions of the medieval church, as you've mentioned in your post. The Devil, like most other religious figures, has, throughout history, been abused, and used as an excuse for torturing and suppressing the masses. If the devil was anywhere in those times, he was probably in the minds of the clergy, making them come up with such stupid ideas like cats being Satanic.
Finally, I have been called a countless barrage of *religious* bad words by fellow Christians. Their favourite one is 'liberal'. If you wish, I can go into the reason that I think that word is misused so much by the Church. However, you and a dictionary can easilly figure out that one.
I have also been attacked by "evolutionists"(again, in my opinion, this is a tragic term to use for those who are non-religious), for just accepting whatever the church spoonfeeds me. However, it is my not accepting whatever the church spoonfeeds me that causes the problem that I have with so many fellow Christians, in the first place!