WHO SAID / WROTE these quotes about heaven and hell?
~ “Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.”
~ “Whenever cannibals are on the brink of starvation, Heaven, in its infinite mercy, sends them a nice plump missionary.”
~ “To reach heaven, the harmony of being, we must understand the divine Principle of being.”
~ “Paradise was made for tender hearts; hell, for loveless hearts.”
~ “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
~ “To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.”
~ “Heaven means to be one with God.”
~ “Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”
~ “The torture of a bad conscience is the hell of a living soul.”
~ “Love seeketh not itself to please, nor for itself hath any care, but for another gives its ease, and builds a Heaven in Hell’s despair.”
~ “Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory.”
~ “Hell is yourself and the only redemption is when a person puts himself aside to feel deeply for another person.”
~ ”There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”
Answers: (1) Mark Twain (2) Oscar Wilde (3) Mary Baker Eddy (4) Voltaire (5) Winston Churchill (6) Ralph Waldo Emerson (7) Confucius (8) William Shakespeare (9) John Calvin (10) William Blake (11) Abraham Lincoln (12) Tennessee Williams (13) Stephen Hawking.
The last quote is indeed very recent. A lot is being said on Twitter and several media outlets as a result of Stephen Hawking’s recent interview, where he refers to heaven or afterlife as being a “fairy story”.
For many people heaven and hell are actual localities. I think it’s true to say that most of us have experienced our own heaven and hell, one way or another. I’ve had good days and bad days, and am constantly learning how to handle the feelings, situations or thoughts that cause the bad times. Which in turn leads me on a quest to know about the good times!
I’m often reassured by the teachings of “the most scientific man who ever trod the globe“* – Christ Jesus when he said, “The kingdom of God is within.” Surely that means within consciousness, which determines our experience, here and now? To me that’s not a fairy story, but a fact.
I agree with Hawkings’ quote in so far as temporary, material things (the computer he alludes to being the brain) don’t go to heaven.
In order to reason and decipher facts there must be a sound cause; a principle. I for one have found it imperative to gain an understanding of the synonym for God – Principle – which Mary Baker Eddy uses uniquely. In her aforementioned quote: “To reach heaven, the harmony of being, we must understand the divine Principle of being.” I can’t see how we can go forward with reasoning unless we have a better understanding of God and divine Science. ‘Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures’ contains the full details of divine Science. Physical science just isn’t enough for thinkers tackling big ideas outside of the box.
A poll is being conducted in my local mainstream paper, The Sydney Morning Herald, asking “Do you think heaven exists?”. Is that an accurate question, or could “Do you think heaven is a locality?” be more accurate?
* “Jesus of Nazareth was the most scientific man that ever trod the globe. He plunged beneath the material surface of things, and found the spiritual cause.” ~ Mary Baker Eddy
“HEAVEN. Harmony; the reign of Spirit; government by divine Principle; spirituality; bliss; the atmosphere of Soul.” “HELL. Mortal belief; error; lust; remorse; hatred; revenge; sin; sickness; death; suffering and self-destruction; self-imposed agony; effects of sin; that which “worketh abomination or maketh a lie.” ~ Mary Baker Eddy