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Old 07-19-2007, 18:52   #1
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Talking heaven and hell...

A holy man was having
a conversation with the Lord one day and said,

Lord, I would like to know what Heaven

and Hell are like."

The Lord led the holy

man to two doors. He opened one of the doors

and the holy man looked in. In the

middle of the room was a large round

table.

In the middle of the table was a large

pot of stew which smelled

delicious and made the holy man's mouth

water.

The people sitting around

the table were thin and sickly. They

appeared to be famished. They were

hold ing spoons with very long handles

that were strapped to their arms and

each found it possible to reach

into the pot of stew and take a spoonful,

but because the handle was

longer than their arms, they could

not get the spoons back into their

mouths.

The holy man shuddered

at the sight of their misery and suffering.

The Lord said, "You

have seen Hell."

They went to the next

room and opened the door. It was exactly the

same as the first one. There

was the large round table with the large

pot of stew which made the holy man's

mouth water. The people were

equipped with the same long-handled

spoons, but here the people were

well nourished and plump, laughing

and talking.

The holy man said, "I

don't understand."

It is simple" said

the Lord, "it requires but one skill. You see,

they have learned to feed each other,

while the greedy think only of

themselves."
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Old 07-20-2007, 09:36   #2
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interesting, CS Lewis in his wonderful book The Great Divorce presented the idea that even if the unrighteous went to heaven they would be misrable for the same reason as this.
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Good analogy.
A lot like a description I have heard about being a Christian:
it is just one beggar telling another beggar where there is food.

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