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

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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 …show more content…

But there is salvation through Christ. In the novel, the protagonist and others travel to the most glorious landscape they've ever seen. They soon find that the land is so dense that it takes all of their strength to lift merely a leaf; the grass pokes up into their feet, making the terrain difficult to cross. The solid people of what we soon learn is Heaven promise that walking upon the grass towards the mountains "will hurt less at every step." It's understood that the mountains represent the city of Heaven, or an eternal life with God. Crossing the terrain is similar to the trials we face on our walk with Him; 2 Timothy 3:12 mentions that "Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted," but James 1:12 asserts, "Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him." Indeed, as the solid people continually promise, the journey becomes easier the closer the ghosts get to the mountains. In a similar fashion, our walks with Him become less tumultuous as we grow closer to Him, until our eventual deaths where we can finally be with Him in heaven.
There is a point where this general model fails, though. Ephesians 2:8 states, " For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God." This verse is the basis of sola fide, meaning we as humans are given the

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