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article imageHere is Your One Way Ticket to... Heaven?

By Samantha A. Torrence     Dec 12, 2007 in World
Have you ever worried that you will not find the Grace of God and make it into Heaven. Have you ever wanted to have your cake and eat it too? Well sin away and just buy your reserved ticket to Heaven.
That is what reserveyourspotinheaven.com a Seattle based company is marketing. You can reserve a place in Heaven for you or a loved one. Guaranteed to procure your destiny in Heaven or your money back - no questions asked!
The company is selling two packages, an Essential Travel Kit sells for 12.95 and Includes:
Heavenly issued certificate of reservation with a unique I.D. number registered in the Book of Light™
A First class ticket to Heaven. Why walk those stairs when you can fly?
The Official Heaven Identification Card so you can get around without getting hassled.
Heaven 101 mini informational guide. Don’t be a victim of culture shock. Get acquainted with the land.
and the All Access Tavel Kit, which sells for 24.99 and includes:
Heavenly issued certificate of reservation with a unique I.D. number registered in the Book of Light™
A First class ticket to Heaven. Why walk those stairs when you can fly?
The Official Heaven Identification Card so you can get around without getting hassled.
Heaven 101 mini informational guide. Don’t be a victim of culture shock. Get acquainted with the land..
All access VIP pass. This pass will grant you access to “VIP exclusive areas” including the Land of Milk and Honey, where all the elite get together and kick it.
Framing. Your ticket to Heaven and certificate of reservation will be nicely framed in an elegant casing. Frames may vary from the one pictured.
If you have a party of 5 or more you get a group discount to boot!
Sounds too good to be true? Well it is, these get to heaven passes are simply gag gifts and they are drumming up controversy from some in the Christian Community.
"Your marketing of 'tickets to Heaven' is absolutely one of the most asinine things anyone could ever do; to disrespect something as sacred as Heaven and God's grace," one naysayer wrote to the company's "comments" address.
"You are making a mockery of the salvation only God can guarantee us. ... I am absolutely disgusted with your immoral conduct and hope God will have mercy on your soul."
The company never intended to offend anyone, and has noted the success of the website that gets over 1000 hits daily.
"We don't want people to take it seriously. It's more of just a fun idea we came up with that we thought we'd turn into a novelty gift," said Edgar Kim, 22, a retailer by day who started the business with his childhood friend Nate Davis, a 23-year-old product designer. "We're not trying to offend anyone or anything like that."
Mr. Kim says he was raised baptist and that he believes in God. While some of the Christian Community have sent in disapproving comments others are praising the website and claim it has opened up an important discussion about the afterlife.
"This isn't something we'd be concerned about," said Catholic League spokeswoman Kiera McCaffery. "We see a lot of silly, dumb stuff like this. We would like to focus instead on the bigger issues."
The Catholic church has its own get to heaven free pass called the brown scapular. The Brown Scapular invokes the Sabbatine Privilege upon death which some claim will release anyone who is wearing one from purgatory on the first Saturday after their death.
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