Statesboro, GA, USA
... one cannot use logic and reason to explain the Bible's definition of Heaven, therefore those avenues must be disregarded and replaced by blind belief.
Not at all. There is of course much that has to accepted on authority, but what is accepted is not antithetical to reason. The reward of righteousness, and the punishment of sin, are both reasonable concepts.
If you're talking about rationalistic proof then no, logic and reason cannot prove anything. Can logic and reason prove that love and hate exist, or even define them? And yet, their existence is not contrary to reason or logic.
So if you're trying to imply that having religious faith means you must reject logic and reason, I think you're being unreasonable.
My church DOES teach that salvation comes to all who accept Jesus Christ as their Savior....as I believe all of Christianity does.
But surely your church also teaches that repentance and good works are the necessary fruits of receiving that salvation, right? The reason I'm asking, is that earlier, you seemed to describe (as a reductio ad absurdum) Heaven being filled with the wicked, and hell with decent people. I'm just addressing that caricature, and proposing that it is not Biblical. Sure the Bible says anyone may come, but in coming they must subsequently change in significant ways. "Faith without works is dead".
even if you live your life in the best way you can, without violating the rights of anyone, and you do NOT accept HIM as your savior...it's sorry, Charlie. I have difficulty trusting an organization with rules like that.
"without violating the rights of anyone". That's funny. Not only does the Bible teach this is as fanciful, our experience does too, if we're honest with ourselves. We can't live up to our own standards, much less God's.
And neither does the Bible teach "do anything despicable you want ... then get in free". It does teach, "If you've done what is despicable, there is still hope for you". There's a difference. And the latter does not necessitate the former. What you are describing is libertinism or anti-nomianism. And there's plenty of scriptural weight against that interpretation.
Why the stand against suicide? That's easy enough. The church DOES paint heaven as a place free of pain and trouble where believers can live out eternity in peace and even be reunited with loved ones. Well, then, with a place like that waiting, why would many NOT want to leave this world behind to get there? The church HAD to make suicide against the rules to eliminate that avenue.
You should read "The Great Divorce". In it Lewis helps us realize that Heaven is no escapist resort, but a place unbearable for those who are not made fit to be there. In the book he describes a bus ride to eternity, and upon investigating the place called Heaven, many of them find various reasons for turning back and not going. There, everything is more real, defined, sharp, and demanding. These curious visitors find themselves like half naked ghosts, barely able to walk in such a beautifully terrible place without pain, challenge, and difficulty. The beings who already dwell there assure them that these setbacks are temporary, and that in trusting and obeying the Lord of that country, they will be made more able to dwell there. Still, many of them think that the easier path of short-term comfort is better than the humbling path of discipleship, and get back on the bus taking them back to the shadowlands.
The reason I bring this up, is to suggest that suicide could never rightly be seen as a path to the piercing light of Heaven. If one rejects light here, how can one receive the light there? If one does not respect life now, then how then? If one abandons hope in the flatlands, how will one retain it in the mountainous terrain?
In light of what the Bible really says about the life to come, its hard to reasonably think that the denunciation of suicide by the Church was contrived as an antidote to desiring Heaven too much. It makes more sense to take the Christian view of life as a whole (that it is sacred because it is a gift), as the explanation for why suicide was so opposed, and martyrdom understood.