I think it is a serious mistake for believers, disciples of Jesus Christ, to imagine that all of Jesus' teaching on earth was aimed at getting his hearers, and those of us today and in the future, who heed his words, into heaven when we die. The church, which Jesus Christ envisioned is intended to bring life, (as Jesus described it), to the human race right now, in the present, not just some time in the bye and bye in eternity after death of the flesh. Unless we define what Jesus called 'death' differently than mearly the cessation of the functions of the body it is difficult to explain what Jesus could possibly have meant by this: "And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.” and "Truly, truly, I say to you, if any one keeps my word, he will never see death.” and "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life; he does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life." Because even the most ardently literalist, Bible believing fundamentalist has to admit that every disciple of Jesus Christ will suffer the inevitable disfunctioning of the body, which WE CALL 'death'. If this disfunctionality and final demise of the flesh constitutes the 'death' that Jesus Christ said his disciples would never see, then we believers in the truth of Christ's words in the scripture have a SERIOUS problem. Either Christ meant that we won't really die, (by OUR definition of the word death), or Jesus of Nazareth lied, - because every one of those who heard his words and even utterly believed them, have since suffered the terminal disfunctioning of their earthly bodies which we call 'death'. None of them are sstill walking around in their bodies on earth today, not even Jesus. The church is here on earth as salt and light to bring about the betterment of the human race, as yeast proves and utterly permeates dough - silenly and imperceptively, as seeds germinate in the dark earth, as great trees slowly develop from tiny seeds. This is ALL about God's kingdom growing on Earth, where change can take place, not in heaven where everything is already perfect. Jesus Christ himself saw 'death'. That is the natural way of things for the flesh. Every one of us will follow the way he went in similar fashion. What this tells us is not that Jesus Christ lied, but that what WE call 'death' is not death as HE defined it. What Adam, (the human race) fears about death, is not the 'death' that God warns 'mankind' of in Genesis 2:17. That involves separation from God, the only source of life, and also incidentally separation from each other, and in the story it happens the very day God said it would. Death of the body is mearly release from the constraint of material existence. Death of the spirit is separation from God, the very source of life. So, yes, becoming a Christian, believing in Jesus, getting saved, receiving 'life', becoming salt and light to the world - is todays task for Christ's church. It's what we are actually here for and what constitutes 'life' as Jesus seems to have defined it. It's never been about 'getting into heaven', everyone will be going the same way and there are many mansions there for us all. Christ has seen to that. .