by Curtis Baker
In C. S. Lewis’ brilliant allegory on heaven and hell, called “The Great Divorce,” Lewis portrays a young man in conversation with his spiritual mentor. The conversation takes place in heaven, as together they watch how the souls from hell, on a holiday to tour the lands of heaven, each turn from the prospect of their salvation to return to their hellish home. The most recent case was a mother “who loved her son too much.” As the young man watched, he questions his mentor as to why such things happen as they do. A mother’s love for her son, even if excessive, seems an innocent sin. But his mentor explains to him: “There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him. And the higher and mightier it is in the natural order, the more demoniac it will be if it rebels.” He then goes on to explain that it is not bad mice or bad fleas that turn into demons, but archangels.
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