I think some people needed this eminent threat to behave correctly in life. This was especially true without the modern forms of law enforcement, and detective work that ensures you will most likely get caught if doing criminal acts.<quoted text> I guess by your comment your salvation isn't that important, how sad you think it's a joke.
But as far as heaven is concerned , I look to the heavens and can see back nearly 12 billion years in the past. But there is no place to save you from bodily death and the end of your existence.
You can live on however through the eyes of your children , or others you so impressed in life who continue on after you are gone.
But there is no spirit world and I cherish the living and live for the life, I wont be banking on a immortal soul living in the lap of luxury after my river of life has run dry.
So basically I do think salvation is to be rich in your deeds in life and the reward is to be missed, but in death we are gone.