Heaven, Hell & Pope-atory

by Pat on March 8, 2013

in faith,reflection

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.’ All that are in Hell chose it.

These words from C.S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce (about the separation between heaven and hell, not a Kardashian family history) say more about the Christian doctrine of hell than most books about salvation.  And they seriously undermine most criticisms about the Christian belief of hell (“Wait…God doesn’t laugh like Jafar while banishing corrupt souls to their fiery eternity?!?”).  Our life is a 100-year litany of choices that ends in one great choice: Love or pride, God or yourself, heaven or hell?

God has never sent anyone to hell.  When God is forced to say to us, “Thy will be done,” we choose hell – in this life and in the next.  When we have the courage, surrender and selflessness to say to God, “Thy will be done,” we choose heaven – in this life and in the next.  So why is it so hard for us to let God’s will be done in us?  Why are we so intent on telling God what to do instead of listening to his direction in our lives?

It might be helpful to keep this in mind during Lent and especially during the coming week of the conclave, aka “POPEWATCH 2013.” How willing are we to listen to God’s will and let it be done – in the world, in our new Holy Father, and within ourselves?

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