The Quality of Heaven

Here’s a question for you from The Great Divorce. Later in the story, George MacDonald meets up with the narrator and becomes the guide into Heave. He says that, “all that are in hell, choose it.” Do you agree with that?

Further, he defines two different people, “those who say to God, ‘Thy will do done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, “Thy will be done’.” In essence, MacDonald says, “The good man’s past begins to change so that his forgiven sins and remembered sorrows take on the quality of Heaven: The bad man’s past already conforms to his badness and is filled only with dreariness.”

Is it attitude, faith or works that is argued in the story as the way to becoming a solid person in Heaven? Maybe it’s all three?

(References are about page 69-75 in HarperOne’s most recent printing.)

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