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HEAVEN KNOWS - A Short Story (Fast Food & Less)

Updated on November 3, 2014
If you can't think too much about sex, how about thinking about food instead?
If you can't think too much about sex, how about thinking about food instead? | Source

Heaven cafeteria style....

It turns out that Heaven is less attractive than some people expected when they first arrived.

I think it has a lot to do with food, and what foods are available here.

When people arrive here, especially those from Earth, they come with as many expectations as the Bible lists for them to get here. Lots of those expectations were such ideas as:

"The food will be heavenly."

"All my favorites will be readily available., any time, day, night, or whatever."" (We haven't quite become familiar with whatever that "whatever" can be, perhaps twilight?)

"Lots of time for BBQ at the mansion, for sure!"

"I know my Mom and Grandmother will have made it, and boy can they cook!"

"We might have to have fish every Friday, but that'll be okay."

Well that first expectation is literally true. Here the food is Heavenly, but that takes some explaining.

You see, here in Heaven we live eternally, and everything is geared to that eternal perspective with eternal consequences, even for the consumption of foods.

Foods and foods prepared in such a way that they are dangerous, i.e. hazardous to your health, are not to be consumed. Frankly we can't have doctors who are here going around performing miracles all the time, just because someone sinfully indulges in the bad habits of Earth.

That means that carcinogens and mutagens are forbidden. (Oh, yes, we have rules here, too.)

So, Red Dye #4 is forbidden. Though not exactly a food, tobacco in all its forms is forbidden (which means detox sessions for those who arrive with that and similar addictions.)

The fried hamburgers are out because of the mutagens which can turn into carcinogens; and while Earth sources touted the virtues of wine and dark chocolate, here consumption of such food items is limited to that amount which is demonstrably good, and the line is drawn where an adverse influence on health has been determined to exist. Food items are much less sugary here, too, and stevia is the preferred sweetener, probably because the Sugar Lobby has much less influence at this level of existence.

Mothers and Grandmothers are quite often the wonderful cooks that their family members remember, but not all want to "slave away" in a hot kitchen when there are so many more enjoyable activities available, including teaching the rest of the family to do their own cooking and dishes.

Fish is not compulsory, but is limited to "Fry-days" partly because there are so few fishermen to meet the needs of the Heavenly host; perhaps that might be because so many of Earth's fishermen were known to occasionally take the Lord's name in vain, and to tell terrible lies in their "fish stories" about such things as "the big one that got away". That coupled with the number of those fishermen who said their observance of the Sabbath was best done where they could enjoy religion "hook, line, and sinker!"

Yes, Heavenly food does take some adjustments, pork for example.

The food restrictions are made up for by golf, and by all debts being forgiven, so that betting here, and what on Earth could have been an addiction to gambling, is overcome by treating everyone's prayers equally. The result is that there are no "winners and losers," only the very few who prevailed with enough good fortune to arrive at this destination.

"Football?" Well I think that by now you can probably answer that question for yourself.

(c) 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

Note: This is just one in the series of "Heaven Knows" short stories you can enjoy here on HubPages, here is a link to another one of them:

Finding links here on Earth to Heavenly food and drink.

Down to Earth but Heavenly Foods....


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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Thanks to today's 24 or so readers of this one. If you enjoyed it, I hope you enjoy the rest of the series.

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      My reply didn't post. Darn! Sugar's empty calories + the calories which come with nutritious foods = stored fat; that's because sugar's calories were quick in meeting our caloric needs, but we still craved the nutrition, so we still ate and stored. In my original comment I put a period inside a parenthesis and wondered about its placement there. I passed your Hub on to my two college freshmen for their info. Thanks.

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      Rachael O'Halloran 4 years ago from United States

      I'm combing through the last of your "Heaven Knows" series and you have given me a chuckle with this one. I never gave a thought to food being in Heaven. Maybe other comforts, but not food. When you mentioned stevia, that made me laugh. Forgive my words here, but I'd die in Heaven without sugar. Real sugar. I can't stand any of the substitutes. If it doesn't say "real sugar" on the label, I don't use it. So I don't know where I'll end up unless I go sugar free before I get to Heaven, which is a possibility. It's a big stretch, but a possibility nevertheless. lol I'm glad to follow you. I'm looking forward to reading more.

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Shyron E Shenko: My guess? No migraines in Heaven.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      This is a very interesting concept. I really enjoyed reading this.

      I just wonder if chocolate will still trigger a migraine?

      Voted up AI and shared.

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Thenks to the 9 of you who have commented so far! A little humor seems to stretch from here to Heaven! I'm so glad I could entertain and get you thinking, along with the others who have stopped by. Thanks one and all.

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      April Reynolds 6 years ago from Arizona

      I enjoyed this Mr. P! Very clever and funny:)

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is another clever and amusing story about Heaven, Perspycacious! I enjoyed reading it.

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      picklesandrufus 6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      very enjoyable! Hadn't thought about food in Heaven before this hub!

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      knottlena 6 years ago from Connecticut

      I hope I don't have to detox there. I would much rather do that here on Earth and enter Heaven to enjoy all its glory without minor detentions :) Thank you for sharing. Awesomely written!

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      Ann Carr 6 years ago from SW England

      Clever angle, humorously done. Sounds like great fun there - I hope! Voted up

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      KDee411 6 years ago from Bay Area, California

      Hummm you sure about the chocolate? I just thought for sure that tree leaves were made of chocolate. You didn't know my son. He's there so there's got to be chocolate cake.

      Your Hub is cute.


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      Deborah Brooks Langford 6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Love this.. I am smiling... I always wondered about if we would even eat in heaven? LOL

      Great HUB

      I voted up and awesome


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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      I must say that I hate Stevia--and I love salt--so I am not sure where that leaves me! Entertaining hub!

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      Kimberly Schimmel 6 years ago from North Carolina, USA