Thursday, March 31, 2005


Heaven and Hell

I've just recently finished reading The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis. It is redundant to say of any C. S. Lewis' writings, but of course, the book is sheer genius. It is an allegorical tale of a journey through Heaven and Hell. The writer recounts, in a first person narrative, the details of his journey.

It is essentially a meditation upon good and evil. An interesting, and unsettling, portion of the book ponders why and how seemingly "good people" are doomed to eternal damnation. One line in particular caught my attention:
Good beats upon the damned incessantly as sound waves beat on the ears of the deaf, but they cannot receive it. Their fists are clenched, their teeth are clenched, their eyes fast shut.

The book is chock full of fascinating metaphors, but it is beyond the scope of this post right now, except to point out that it is scary how thin the line is between good and evil as Lewis portrays it. It really comes down to pride issues on so many fronts. Again and again it comes back to the message that we need to humble ourselves in order to experience the eternal rewards. (For more ruminations on the Great Divorce, read the Pontifications Blog.)

UPDATE: I just took a look at Jollyblogger and thought I was reading my own blog for a second. Beat you to it by a couple days, David, but the conclusion is the same.

Chad - great minds think alike - and so do ours.
Good thoughts, especially on how scary it is that the line is so thin between good and evil.
Ha! Well if I'm thinking at all along the same lines as you, I know I'm on the right track.
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