The end is only two days away. The predicted May 21st apocalypse is supposed to happen by earthquake, according to believers quoted in this interesting story from the Philadelphia Weekly. And they say you can't have your pets in heaven, which is making the post-rapture situation look grim whichever way you end up going.
And what about sex? Without sex heaven could be downright boring. Luckily, I researched this question for a column several years ago:
Eternity is a long time to go without sex.
To some Americans, eyebrows raise at the very idea of suicide bombers believing their heavenly reward will include sex with beautiful virgins. But aren't the 75 percent of Americans who believe in an afterlife concerned that there might not be any sex in their heaven?
Mark Twain thought about this. In "Letters from Earth," he writes of humankind: "He has imagined a heaven and has left entirely out of it the supremest of all his delights — the one ecstasy that stands first and foremost in the hearts of every individual of his race — sexual intercourse!"
For any sane person, he wrote, heaven would be an intolerable bore.
Not so in Islam. The Quran describes a lush garden-like heaven in which each man can be married to a bevy of beautiful dark-eyed females called houri. The passage is open to interpretation, but scholars say these are not earthly girls who died but heavenly creatures and, it would appear, they can be deflowered and then automatically reflower.