You erroneously presume that Paradise is the same as HEAVEN. Think about it. Why did Jesus tell Mary at the opened tomb, "Touch me not, for I have not yet ascended to my Father in Heaven. But go and tell my brethren that i ascend to my God and your God." Then in 1st Peter 3: 18 and 19, "quickened by the spirit, by which he also went and preached to the spirits in prison." Is the paradise where the thief could be taught an be elevated to Heaven?"