At some point in their lives, almost everyone has pondered the idea of what happens to someone after death, regardless of what religion they were. For me and in my life, I have always wondered if I were to die tomorrow, would I in the eyes of Jesus be willingly brought into Heaven. Nobody can say for sure what either Heaven or Hell looks like. Granted all of this, I will describe Heaven and Hell in depth based on the writings of C.S. Lewis in his book The Great Divorce. Along with this, I will add my own perspective on why I believe Lewis portraits these places in the particular ways that he does.
Have you ever wondered what heaven and hell really look like? Depictions of heaven and hell is something that everyone has in their head, no matter what religion you are or even if you believe in an afterlife or not. Unfortunately, nobody knows for one hundred percent certainty what they both truly look like because no one has been there and came back to earth to tell us about it. Many theories have been constructed to try and describe these places in terms that we as humans living on this earth can understand, and I believe C.S Lewis does a pretty good job of that. Through his book, The Great Divorce, Lewis explains his vision of heaven and hell and why people are held back from every truly experiencing heaven.
As soon as Adam paid his Karmic debt through righteous living, he was given a ticket to Heaven and he suddenly awoke on the planet where he had fallen unconscious. He bore witness to the fact that all of the reincarnated souls still living in the lower planes were held captive in third-dimensional-Earth because of their Karmic imbalance. He noted that there are innumerable versions of Adam and Eve, beautiful children, all fallen unconscious, even in Heaven. The truth is, once a soul is born into life, it takes form in all the dimensions. As it ascends from one dimension to another, it grows in consciousness and moves up the ladder.
Genesis 11:10 – 32 II. Abraham and Isaac Genesis 12:1 – 25:18 A. Abraham is Called to the Holy Land Genesis 12 – 14 B. God’s Covenant with Abraham Genesis 15 – 17 C. Sodom and Gomorrah Genesis 18 – 19 D. Abraham , Sarah, and Isaac Genesis 20 – 23 E. Isaac and Rebekah Genesis 24 F. The Death of Abraham Genesis 25:1 – 11 G. Geneology – Ishmael Genesis
Genesis 12:1 The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.” Abraham God’s calling of Abraham to move out of Ur in faith Moving and Land Abraham moving where God wants him. There is emphasis on moving by faith.
Chapter 11: How to make sure your soul will end up in Heaven. There so many religions in the world today, however there are spiritual principles that apply to everybody, just like the law of gravity. No one can ever have all the answers, but if we seek, revelation and insight it can be revealed to us. As a spiritual Christian, I believe in the divinity of God the father, Jesus Christ, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
God chooses Abraham to be the channel through which He will divulge His presence to all humankind. The Lord called him to separate himself from his accustomed social and spiritual setting and migrate to a strange country, where God directed a 100-year spiritual renovation, shaping him into the father of
and we have created it to blame the things of our interest over it. The soul is mistaken for all our wills and activities and we think our self controlled by this soul and seem helpless (Coomaraswamy, 2011). This is the thing that separates us from inner peace and we can get the inner
The Bible often compares death to sleep. After death, we are unaware of what goes on around us. “The living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing…their love, their hatred, and envy have now perished.” (Ecclesiastes 9:5) The righteous will go to heaven when they die, while the wicked will forever perish in hell.
Since Jacob was decided to give Joseph the birthright, so that his other sons were angry and made a first plan to kill Joseph. But they did not do that, they sold Joseph as a slave in Egypt and told Jacob that Joseph was dead. God allowed these things to happen because God had a plan to save the lives of many people. [ Genesis 45:5] The chapter 38 is about Judah’s family, how Judah was plotting to have twins with Tamar.
Biblical Symbolism in Jacob’s Ladder: A Potential Origin Story Although it may not have been intended, the title of Fitzgerald’s short story, Jacob’s Ladder suggests and invites biblical symbolism. In the Book of Genesis, the biblical Patriarch, Jacob, dreamt of a ladder that connects Earth to the gate of Heaven. On his way toward Haran, Jacob rested on a stone where “he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven” (Genesis 28: 10-19).
However, Zoroastrianism predates Christianity, therefore these ideas were already in place before Christianity was being transcribed. An article summoned up the belief that “....upon death and according to its earthly deeds and its acceptance of the Christian faith, the soul enters Heaven, Purgatory or Hell. There it awaits the Last Judgment when the dead shall rise again, the redeemed to enjoy life everlasting and the unsaved to suffer eternally” (Bodhinatha Veylanswami 40-41). This passage summarizes the Christian idea that upon death the soul will either enter Heaven, Purgatory or Hell depending on how that person chose to live their life. When Jesus returns all the living and the dead will either enter eternal paradise or eternal suffering.
During this time, some very important things happened to Jacob, not to mention, this too applies to believers today. In summation, just one encounter with God will change the old person to a new person. God will change our old characteristics of sin to a new creation. For the Bible declares, “Therefor if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Not to mention, the encounter that Jacob had with God at the Jabbok that night reminds us: though we may fight God and His will for us, in truth, God is good.