Heave in Hell in C.S. Lewis´ The Great Divorce

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In his novel The Great Divorce, C.S. Lewis depicts two settings: one of a grey town where whatever you want is provided for you and another of grand pasture. These settings, in the book, represent Heaven in Hell in a way, depending on which character's perspective the places are viewed from. However, the places that the main character visits and the journey that he takes is one that can be used to model the journey of our spiritual walk. Similar to how the protagonist starts in a bleak town then travels through a beautiful but harsh pasture towards the mountains, our lives start in the darkness of sin, but then we travel through the treacherous but worthwhile journey of faith towards eternity with God.
As humans, we are born into sin; from a Christian standpoint, it's a very bleak existence being of the world and attempting to satiate ourselves with temporary means of pleasure. This is similar to the start of The Great Divorce: the main character starts wandering in a grey town, an experience that he describes as "always in the rain and always in evening twilight." The protagonist comes to discover later that existence in the grey town can be described as "hell," from the viewpoint of the solid people. It's not difficult to see why; it's not uncommon to find a person who's "quarreled so badly [with his neighbor] that he decides to move." This quarreling implies a global sense of hatred for one another. As it says in 1 John 4:8, "Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love." Furthermore, in Romans 3:23, scripture mentions, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." God and hatred/sin are mutually exclusive, and thus the grey town is an existence without God, similar to a life of sin. Note how the ...

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...repentant people are those who have sinned and suffered the most—murders, thieves, prostitutes, etc. In the novel, there is even a solid person— a murder in his earthly life—attempting to escort one of the ghosts. But the ghosts, as mentioned, make pitiful excuses because they've never had the feeling of complete brokenness and have never felt the need to completely surrender to Him. Therefore, I feel that Lewis is making a call to those who have had some semblance of faith their entire lives; he calls them to have the same passion for Christ that the more weathered sinners have when they first meet Him. In the same way that we wouldn't complain about our food options when we realize there are those who can't afford food, Lewis shows us that we shouldn't complain when following Him as there are those who had to go through hell on earth to fully appreciate His grace.
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