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The Hereafter: Matt Damon’s Portrayal vs My Perception

Matt Damon as George in the movie, Hereafter, is a reluctant mediator between living people and their deceased family members. George is not a hoaxer; he doesn’t want to have contact with deceased people but it’s his “gift” and others seek him out because they desperately want the messages he conveys. The movie seems to be trying to say that there is a hereafter, an afterlife.

I do not question whether there is; I believe in heaven.  What I want to know is what our loved ones who have crossed over are doing. Can they still reach out to us, even intervene in our lives. I have expressed my belief (or is it my hope) in a scene in my manuscript, Pieces of You.  I would love responses from others who either disagree or have a different perception of life in the afterlife. Here’s a little bit of mine:

 “So what you’re saying, my angelic friend, is that my foreknowledge is what she needs to make enlightened requests! So let me live and carry this knowledge with me as I return to a conscious state. Maybe my question should be—without being disrespectful—is why do I need to join you?”

“Well Kirk, a human with a resurrected body can commune with the uncountable others in this spiritual realm, but you cannot know what’s in the minds of other living human beings. You never could discern what someone else was thinking (even though once or twice you thought you had a glimpse), and you  never will. That is not part of the human condition. We, who were always in the spiritual dimension, can. What we are not capable of is fully understanding human emotion since that has never been our experience; therefore, in partnership with you, we can with certainty direct activities that will fulfill your requests–and hers.”

What do we believe…about hell?

On this day after Easter, arguments for and against hell seem to be raging: it is one of many current issues that divide people. Letters to the editor on Rob Bells’ latest book, Love Wins, are never neutral.  I believe we must take a stand on what we believe about this eternal subject.

Wayne Martindale in Beyond the Shadowlands, interprets  C. S. Lewis’ many books on heaven and hell as testimony that people who will go to hell choose their destination; it is not God’s choice. Lewis’ opinion is that people who don’t align themselves with God while on this earth, people whose driving force is to make the world give them all that they want with no concern for their impact on others,  would surely not be happy living under the authority of God, even in paradise–it wouldn’t be a paradise to them.

Here’s another opinion, this one from the NYTimes opinion editor, Ross Douthat. He wrote this morning:

If there’s no possibility of saying no to paradise then none of our no’s have any real meaning either…. The doctrine of hell, by contrast, assumes that our choices are real, and, indeed, that we are the choices that we make. The miser can become his greed, the murderer can lose himself inside his violence, and their freedom to turn and be forgiven is inseparable from their freedom not to do so.”  (from A Case for Hell retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/25/opinion/25douthat.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha212

I believe in a heaven and a hell. What do you believe?

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