Purpose of the end stations in Buddhism
This question may sound quite base, but I've been wondering. The teachings tell of both heavens and hells, Buddha saying he's seen them himself. Good incentive to practice, one would think.
But throw in the concept of re-birth combined and the idea kinda goes away. I once read, that re-birth could be seen as leaving your suitcase of karma on the conveyor belt in an airport and don't get on the plane. Someone else picks up the suitcase at the destination. A good suitcase (good karma) will be a good base for the new life picking up the suitcase. In a sense it picks up on your old stuff, starting life "like you" - in your shoes, with your laptop etc - but not being you. A good way of portraying my understanding of the concept. Something is carried over when a being dies, which enters a new being, forming it.
So, since they won't be around, what's the logic in threatening people with torture or bliss to make them practice Buddhism?