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Two books about Heaven!

Posted in Uncategorized by Ulf on January 27, 2009

This morning I had a funny discussion with my room mate Alvaro. He was very happy because he had just read parts of the “Book of Revelation” as a wake-up reading. At that point I did not know what “Revelation” means, so he had to explain me. It comes from “to reveal”, so the German title is “Offenbarung”.

Alvaro said that the book would give a description of what heaven is like. I figured out that I had also just read a book about how heaven is like. In my case it was the Lonely Planet tour guide for Hawaii:

bible-spoiler                               lp_hawaii

We tried to figure out which one is the better description of heaven. Alvaro said that his heaven one would only be one step away. I’m not sure what he meant. “One step” like jumping off a cliff such that you’re dead and can go to heaven? Or one step to go to a church. In fact the next church is more than one step away.

Anyway, Hawaii is only one plane ride away. Looking at the distance it is more than one step, but in fact you only have to get to some airport which is still a reasonable distance. So considering the number of steps, Hawaii is just as close as the next church.

The next advantage of the Lonely-Planet-heaven is that you can always leave Hawaii once you’ve seen everything (which is not likely to happen). The Caribbean Sea might be another heaven to go to, or the Bavarian Alps. I especially like them on the pictures from the summer months. The heaven the Bible talks about seems to me like a one-way ride. So once you chose to go there, that’s it. I don’t like the idea of not being able to return to the place where I’ve been before. Is “heaven” just another name for a prison? What did the people do wrong who ended up there?

Update: Alvaro meant the “step of faith”. That sounds easy, doesn’t it? But Google reveals that the step of faith (103,000 hits) is in fact a leap of faith (2,170,000 hits). What seemed to be as simple as  stepping one foot in front of the other just turned out to be the leaping over a large obstacle. So why does the church want people to jump? It might be easier to watch the correspondent Hollywood movie.


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  1. Martin said, on January 28, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Really Philosophical Ulf. I like this one :)

  2. Ulf said, on January 28, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    And I like the results of the DFB-Pokal matches:
    Yesterday Hamburg won 3:1 against 1860. Today Dortmund lost to Bremen by 1:2 and Wolfsburg defeated Rostock 5:1. That means that (besides Hannover) all major teams from Northwestern Germany made it! And with Mainz and Wiesbaden there are even two teams from the 2nd Bundesliga in the quarter finals.

  3. sven said, on January 29, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    FC Bayern for ever Nr. 1

  4. kalifornientom said, on February 4, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Why don’t you try the Quran, you might like that heaven even better! ;)

    [P.S. If you wanna visit the Bavarian Alps some day,
    say this summer, I’ll know a place for you to stay! :) ]

  5. Ulf said, on February 4, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Muaharharhar :-).

    I’ll show the Qur’an to my room mate :P.

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