The Difference Between Heaven and Hell


A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said,

‘Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.’

The Lord led the holy man to two doors.

He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew, which smelled delicious and made the holy man’s mouth water.

The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles that were strapped to their arms and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful. But because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths.

The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering.

The Lord said, ‘You have seen Hell.’

They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the holy man’s mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking.

The holy man said, ‘I don’t understand.’

‘It is simple,’ said the Lord. ‘It requires but one skill. You see they have learned to feed each other, while the greedy think only of themselves.’

  1. #1 by Bert Cooper on February 10, 2008 - 4:49 pm

    There is also the story of the father with three sons and a great kingdom to give to them. He wonders at this death, to whom shall he give his kingdom.

    In his will, he devises a test so that the kingdom may fall into the right hands. He says, that he has in his stables, seventeen of the strongest and kindest camels in the world. His kingdom shall go to the son, who can figure out how to divide the seventeen camels equally between his three sons, without causing any harm to any of his camels.

    All the lawyers and sons figure that this is impossible. Seventeen camels cannot be equally divided among three heirs.

    The youngest son, who was dismissed as a dreamer, for his kindly poetic nature, proposed a simple solution. “I will simply add one of my own,” he said. “Now, my father’s estate has eighteen camels, which can be easily divided by his heirs, without causing harm.”

  2. #2 by KeyHoles on February 10, 2008 - 5:05 pm

    “His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.

    Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are sheperds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain.

    Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and tomorrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant…

    But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.”

    – Isaiah 56:10-12, 57:20-21

    Jerry Springer’s children now control America.

  3. #3 by Sami Joseph on February 10, 2008 - 9:41 pm

    A truly magnificent parable.

  4. #4 by cook on February 10, 2008 - 10:59 pm

    very approriate for the world we live in today,everywhere you look greed is consuming a great deal of people it’s not just our so called leaders.selfish and greedy people are influencing our children it’s not a good look.we will all need alot more than gods help.

  5. #5 by Ray on February 11, 2008 - 8:22 am

    “Jerry Springer’s children now control America.”

    You are right about that. Who is in charge and who is in control are two very different things. The Ashkenazi Jews (Springer scum of the world) and zionist are in charge but it is Jerry’s guests that work for DHS airport security. They are the ones the republicans fear most. They call them “the crazies” and rightfully so. Up is down black is white with these programmed idiots.

  6. #6 by Amry on February 11, 2008 - 3:36 pm

    …. wow. I’m actually impressed by this story. Short, to the point, and very educational. Good job!

  7. #7 by tjl on June 12, 2008 - 3:07 am

    I heard this story just a bit differently, but it is still is a very powerful story/parable for all of us.

  8. #8 by Deepak Parekh on January 1, 2010 - 3:59 am

    Heaven means American salary,
    Chinese food,
    British house
    & Indian wife

    Heil means American wife,
    Chinese House,
    British food
    & Indian salary

  9. #9 by julianne jubac on August 24, 2010 - 10:37 am

    yes thats true people now are not responsible for themselves and just always depend to wat will happend am i correct?

  10. #10 by Bojax on January 15, 2011 - 3:04 pm

    I don’t think we need to fear going to hell. It appears that we have already created quite enough of it already here on earth.

  11. #11 by Dan on June 14, 2011 - 1:04 am

    does anyone know what movie this is from?

  12. #12 by gowtham on September 15, 2011 - 2:40 pm

    does hell or heaven have people with the same human body or a transparent soul ………………..

  13. #13 by Divine on February 22, 2012 - 9:11 am

    The difference betwen hell and heaven

  14. #14 by devendra singh yadav on June 3, 2012 - 7:46 am

    what is the merits of hell..

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