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The Parable Of The Spoons

Date: 1/23/2006

A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said, "Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like."

The Lord led the holy man to two doors. He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in.

In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew which smelled delicious and made the holy man's mouth water.

The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful, but because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths. And they could not grab the stem half way up because the stem was too hot. The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering. The Lord said, "You have seen Hell."

They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one. There was a large round table with the large pot of stew which made the holy man's mouth water.

The people were equipped with the same long stemmed handle spoons, but here the people were well nourished, laughing and talking. "This is like Heaven," said the Lord.

The holy man said, "I don't understand."

"It is simple," said the Lord, "these people learned to feed each other, while the people in the other room think only of themselves."


Chris & Dan

Thoughtful Co-Publishers

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