What if you wanted to go to heaven but God said refers to a four panel cringe exploitable image macro of a dude asking the titular question, then proceeding with “nahh, remember when you kept scrolling?”.
The format became popular online, due to the many reiterations and modifications of the last panel, often appearing as a deep fried meme.
Variations of the template also include “What if you wanted to go to heaven, but God said ‘it’s just a prank bro'”.
The first instance of a similar meme was posted to the r/terriblefacebookmemes subreddit by u/Transmanomatic in January 2016, depicting a small child with the captions, and an image of Jesus in the final panel.
This version would be later forgotten, replaced by a version, depicting an older boy on the panels, with almost identical captions.
One of the earliest version of the “what if you wanted to go to heaven but God said” meme was uploaded to Instagram by damnyworsnop on April 29th, 2017.
The meme would quickly be turned into a deep fried sensation, often featuring or referencing popular shitposts of 2017.
It would often appear on subreddits such as r/me_irl or r/deepfriedmemes, mixed with other popular memes, such as the My Name is Jeff meme.
The “What if you wanted to go to heaven but God said” meme became popular online, spreading across the subs of Reddit, as well as sites like Facebook, Instagram, Imgur, while also appearing in meme compilations on YouTube.