An account executive at a stock-and-bond firm telephoned a UNC grad client who had purchased her first stock - one hundred shares of Proctor & Gamble. He told her that he had just heard they were going to split. "Oh! What a shame." she lamented. "I'm so sorry to hear that. And, they've been together for so long, too."
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"And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight..." Philippians 1
Setting: Sometime in the future. A hugh winged man with a fierce countenance has just placed a man-of-the-world in heavy manacles.
Man: What's the meaning of this? Angel: You heard the sentence.
Man: I know but I was hoping for a retrial, an appeal, or something!!! Angel: There is none now.
Man: When WAS there ever one? Angel: Before you departed your world.
Man: You mean croaked? Angel: (Silence)
The scene changes as they lift away from the courtroom and hover briefly before commencing the final & terrifying journey.
Man: How long is this going to take? Angel: Unfortunately for you, not long.
Man: How far will we travel? Angel: All the way to the center of your galaxy.
Man: What's there? A black hole? Angel: (Nod's affirmatively)
Man: Is that... is it... really - you know Hell? Angel: (Nod's affirmatively)
Man: ...but I thought God was a God of Love? Angel: He is.
Man: Then why all this! Why doesn't He love me? Angel: He does (with a tear in his eye).
Man: This isn't fair! He never loved me! He never told me about all this. Angel: Did you not own 17 copies of THE BOOK in your lifetime?
Man: You mean the Bible? Angel: Yes.
Man: I suppose but it was dull, boring & not intrinsic to me. Angel: It was very relevant. It tells how God loved you so much that He sent the King of Kings to take you punishment - but sadly you declined.
Man: My family warned me but I thought that I wanted a "good time" and not a bunch of rules! Besides, my prof taught me that the Bible was bigoted, politically incorrect, homophobic & a myth. Angel: Unfortunately, I transported your professor on the previous peregrination.
Man: Will I see him there - I'll punch out his #%!& lights. Angel: I am the last living soul you or he will ever see.
Man: ...but I always thought that I could have fun with all my friends there??? Angel: You will see no one ever again (again tears).
Man: How is that possible??? Angel: All will be there that declined the free offer from the "King of Kings" & sadly and unfortunately that was the preponderance of mankind.
Man: Were they all conned like me? Angel: Yes, but many followed false gods, messiahs, religions.
Man: What will my prison be like? Angel: After experiencing the place where you will spend forever, any prison anywhere at anytime in human history would have been a paradise.
Man: Meaning??? Angel: The immense gravity will pull & tear on you. Gasping for air, the prodigious smoke will fill your lungs. The searing heat - far hotter than your Sun (a mere star) - will torment your body. The thirst in your throat and being will be unquenchable. None will you ever see but all will you hear wailing, but worst of all will be your memory.
Man: (Pausing with a smirk) Memory of what? Angel: Memory of what you did to others and a growing realization of what you would have been had you acceded to the pardon from the "King of Kings".
Man: What did I ever do to others? Angel: What was brought out in your litigation - the way you neglected & manipulated your family & friends. The way you took advantage of women for your OWN gratification.
Man: (Changing the subject) I thought all ways led to God in the end. Angel: In His Book He stated that He (Jesus - King of Kings) was the ONLY way. Either He was right or He was wrong.
Man: I see now that all those other ways were terrible deceptions! Angel: (Silence)
Man: Is this it??? Angel: I'm sorry but yes.
Man: Will I ever have a chance to leave? Angel: No, never.
Man: I'll tell you and that King of yours one thing: I'd rather be HERE than around that all consuming brightness
The scene concludes with the man being released screaming/shrieking/wailing into the Black Hole which will never be able to release any of it's eternally terrified & tortured occupants because they had each purposely chosen to decline the pardon from the loving "King of Kings". God was willing that none should perish- no not one - but many decide otherwise. Please don't allow this to be your future trip.
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