Yes, I’m going there. Hockey and the Bible!
So you say Heaven and Hell are places we go after we’re done living? I’m not so sure about that. I am more of the impression that Heaven and Hell exist within life, and hockey itself is a great example of that!
So you have two teams trying to put a small rubber object into each other’s net. It’s not unlike soccer in that sense. There are Laws sent down from the Hockey Gods – thou shalt not trip, thou shalt not slash, thou shalt not hold, thou shalt not be rough, and so on. If you commit one of these sins, off to the Hell of the penalty box you go!
How is the penalty box Hell you ask? Because of your sin, you are forced to watch your beloved teammates continue on without you or anyone to replace you. You have to sit and watch and be disconnected from your team as you live in sin in the box, typically for 2 minutes. After the 2 minutes are over, the gates of repentance are opened up and you are freed from your sin!
The opposing team, if they choose to express grace and not retaliate, get to experience Heaven for 2 minutes with their one player advantage! Otherwise, if they choose to counter your sin with a sin of their own, both players who committed a Hockey sin have to sit and watch their beloved teammates battle to put the puck in the opposing net without being able to help. Their sins have separated them from their teams.
Now, I doubt many would accept that there were supernatural Hockey Gods who created hockey, and I think most would accept that the Laws of Hockey came about and are modified according to behaviour within a game that is seen by the greater hockey community to be harmful to players or the flow of a game.
So if morality came about in the sport of hockey through identifying behaviours that are detrimental to the game and its players, wouldn’t it stand to reason that human morality could have come about in the same way?