Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
An ancient Asian tale offers a description of the difference between heaven and hell.
In both places there is a large banquet hall. In each place the hall is prepared with all the finest furnishings: Black Forest oak table and chairs, linen cloths, bone china, sparkling crystal goblets. The meal is an elaborate display of gourmet food which has been prepared to perfection. Curiously, the eating utensils in each hall are of the finest sterling silver, but they are very long, heavy, and cumbersome.
The guests in each banquet hall are dressed in their finest formal attire. However, the guests in hell are malnourished to the point of being gaunt. They also are irritated and angry. The guests in heaven are well fed, happy, and full of laughter.
You see, in hell when the guests sit at table, many are unable to lift the heavy utensils. Those who do manage are unable to maneuver them so as to be able to feed themselves.
In heaven, the guests realize that the utensils will not allow them to feed themselves. So, as they sit at table, those who can lift the utensil pick up some food and feed a neighbor. Sometimes it takes two persons to lift the utensil in order to feed a third, but in turn, all are fed.
Perhaps all of us can benefit as we consider this metaphor about our life on this earth. Life is HELL when we are selfish and care only