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The Great Divorce: Heaven or Hell says C S Lewis
Captivating Story for Fable Lovers!
I love a good debate! So even though, I say unashamedly that I am a C. S. Lewis fan, I think this book – ‘The Great Divorce’ – has caused such a stir from since it was written up to today because it presupposes on an age old topic that has preoccupied many: HEAVEN and HELL.
The book begins forthwith with C. S. Lewis waiting in queue with other passengers (inhabitants of a grey town) who fight their way onto a bus going somewhere. It is animated by his account of the happenings leading up to the arrival of the bus at the bus station, during the bus ride that appears to give one an aerial view of the town on take-off and on arrival at the destination (the Shadow of the Valley of Life).
On arrival, C. S. Lewis realizes with surprise that the passengers are all ghosts who were offered an excursion out of Hell (the grey town) and a chance on arrival at the plain (Valley of the Shadow of Life) to go to the mountain (Heaven) and meet Joy and Love Himself (God) at their own choosing.
In order to get from the plain to the mountain, however, each ghost is sent someone from their past to help them overcome the difficulties that they will encounter along the way and make the journey easier for them.
As a privileged onlooker, C.S. Lewis hears each ghost’s past, witnesses the choices they make and has a Teacher who offers explanations and insights into what he is observing and the greater significance of it all.
What's on the Other Side?
The Beginning of Heaven and Hell
Do you believe that HEAVEN or HELL starts right here on earth for us?
This was my 1st C.S. Lewis book that started me on to road to becoming a C. S. Lewis fan :)
Which Will It Be?
What’s Really Behind the Heaven & Hell Story? The Deeper Meaning
C.S. Lewis has many profound revelations, but four (4) of his most insightful ones are that:
- 1. Hell and Heaven are both self-choices.
- 2. Hell is a state of mind whereas Heaven is not a state of mind but reality itself.
- 3. Hell and Heaven both begin before death and stretch retroactively back into the earthly past of both the damned and the saved.
- 4. Heaven and Hell are so diametrically divergent to each other that there is no merging of them at all whatsoever. We must choose one or the other - Heaven or Hell; not both.
This book is exceptionally stimulating reading! And just to make sure that no one gets worked up over the issue, I leave you with C. S. Lewis’ warning to those who venture to read it, “I beg readers to remember that this is a fantasy. It has of course – or I intend it to have – a moral. But the trans-mortal conditions are solely an imaginative supposal: they are not even a guess or a speculation at what may actually await us”.
So find the moral and give less attention to the details of this allegory of Heaven or Hell or... is it the truth? :)
Just get one of C. S. Lewis' books and start expanding your mind!
Between Heaven & Hell
Do you believe in the 'in-between' place called PURGATORY?
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Another great read, as all C. S. Lewis books.
Angels - The Heavenly Hosts
BIBLE Revelations about Heaven and Hell
“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather be afraid of God, who can destroy both body and soul in hell” Matthew 10:28
“How terrible for you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees! You hypocrites! You sail the seas and cross whole countries to win one convert; and when you succeed, you make him twice as deserving of going to hell as you yourselves are!” Matthew 23:15
“Then the two prophets heard a loud voice say to them from heaven, “Come up here!” As their enemies watched, they went up into heaven in a cloud” Revelations 11:12.
“When the Lamb broke open the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour” Revelations 8:1.