The Road Less Traveled By – To The Solidification Zone

The Great Divorce

You are about to take a bus ride into another dimension.  No, not a trip to the Twilight Zone. Or, maybe it IS to the Real Twilight Zone!

 Despite the nonsense that comes from Oprah’s benign (?) pulpit, all roads are not radii that lead to God and Heaven.  Instead there will be a Fork in the road.  It is this bus ride that will take you to that juncture, albeit through fantasy.

 I learned about this bus ride from a recent series of classes I attended at a nearby church.  The topic of the class was C.S. Lewis’ book The Great Divorce.  The discussion was led by a retired Wheaton College professor, Dr. Rolland Hein, Professor Emeritus, English. Dr. Rolland also teaches a class on Saturday mornings at the Wade Center which is located near the college.

 The title page of The Great Divorce, “A Dream” has this quote from George MacDonald:

 “No, there is no escape.  There is no heaven with a little of hell in it ~ no plan to retain this or that of the devil in our hearts or our pockets. Our Satan must go, every hair and feather.”

 The Preface to The Great Divorce lets us know that Lewis will be endeavoring with his dream story to break up the marriage of Heaven and Hell (a response of sorts to William Blakes’ book The Marriage of Heaven and Hell), a marriage that many in our lifetime wish for. He writes to inform us of their necessary divorce.

 In an age of moral relativity and subjectivism many want to synthesize good with evil in hopes of redeeming evil. But as Lewis reveals, the choices we make take us down divergent pathways.  We either choose a path of good that becomes an even greater good as we continue to make good choices and stay on its narrow way or we choose a broad path that leads towards ever greater evil.

 The Great Divorce offers us a bus ride from “grey town” with its “continued hope of morning” to the “High Country,” a place of contrasts and a place where God honors the choices we make.

 You will meet many characters, many perhaps like someone you know.  There will be those who cannot fathom Heaven as any place they would want to stay and there are others who fear losing what they had on earth in “grey town”. There will be the proud, the stubborn, the willful and the angry.  There will be those who demand their rights and also the ego-unchallenged.  There will be those whose feet hurt them as they walk on solid ground for the first time and there will also be the “bright solid people” who move about the “High Country” without effort.  And finally, there will be those who reject Joy and solid Reality to return to “grey town” on the same bus. 

 The passengers are all phantoms or ghosts.  When they arrive in the High Country they are almost completely transparent – you can see right through them in every way:  there is the well-dressed (and very self-conscious woman); there is the broad-minded man, the artist, the Tousle-Headed poet, the mother who has lost a son, the golden apple stealing materialist, Sarah Smith and the Dwarf and Tragedian.  You will also meet George MacDonald: 

 Lewis, the main character in the dream and a phantom, meets up with George MacDonald, one of the solid people.  (MacDonald, forerunner of the “Inklings,” was a good friend and mentor to Lewis.).  Together they discuss what they see the phantoms choose.  At one point Lewis hears MacDonald say, “Milton was right, said my Teacher, “The choice of every lost soul can be expressed in the words, “Better to reign in Hell than to serve in Heaven…There is always something they prefer to joy— that is, to reality.”

 The bus ride ends with the choice you make.  God honors your choice:

 “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’

 Lewis’ The Great Divorce is the bus ticket; the Choice is before you.

Rants and No Raves

*George Soros dumped $48 million worth of influence into the vending machine called the Liberal media (Think Progress, Media Matters, MSNBC, etc.) in hopes of pulling out a Western European style liberal utopia in America or at least world domination.  Isn’t that special!

People do know that we left Europe for a better way life, don’t they?  More importantly, we came to America in order to separate church and state. Why would we want to become spiritually and financially bankrupt like Western Europe, anyway?

*Why do America haters insist on living in America? Venezuela, Cuba, Iran all take in dissidents. They could also join the jihad in Yemen.

*Why would someone burn the Koran? Because hate is easy and Love requires God.

*What kinds of people have time on their hands and watch Oprah?

*Does Obama know that America is in a deep financial crisis while deciding which iron to use on the green? Stay away from a foolish man, for you will not find knowledge on his lips. Proverbs 14:7

*Does Michelle Obama still think the White House is hell?

*Sheep & Goats DEPT.:  The PC message of Evangelical Rob Bell’s (pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church) new book Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived attempts to assuage fears by inculcating nonjudgmental mainline liberalism/progressivism into cozy non-fiction.  It turns out that the book is fiction.  There is a hell. Hell, among other things, is the absence of the living God while generating book sales, making friends and influencing people.

The Apostle Paul, when speaking at the real Mars Hill in Athens, let his listeners know immediately that they were worshipping false gods and idols. He also said this to the Ephesian church:  “Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.” – Eph 5:5-6.  Here’s a Journal List of those who do not enter the Kingdom of Heaven:  Ephesians 5: 3-7, I Corinthians 6: 9-10, Galatians 5:19-21.  “There is a way which seems right to a man…”

More to follow…