|Skinwalker chapter 5 (standard:travel stories, 8996 words) [5/5] show all parts|
|Author: Eutychus||Added: Mar 28 2018||Views/Reads: 262/105||Part vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Jerry and Moe move beyond the library and into the circle of the heretics and beyond that to the circle of the wrathful.|
"As in poker?" "Yes. After he lost his eyebrows again he shrugged over the fact of having his face engulfed by flames. That gesture to me said he understands that this is how things are. That was resignation. For the believer, there is no such thing as resignation, and should be no giving in to despair. Sure we can be overwhelmed by the circumstances of the moment, but because we know who God is and that He has a plan for history, we know that our present circumstances do not govern the outcome of history. Even the difficult becomes filled with meaning." Moe sighed but said nothing. "What's the story with the open graves?" "Epicureans. These held to a philosophy that there was no afterlife, so they will remain in their uncomfortably hot tombs for eternity." "Since the tombs are open, what keeps the occupants from leaving them?" "I suppose that a two hundred degree crypt is preferable to being consumed by flames, which is what happens should they venture above the lip of their tombs." "So leaving their sarcophagus would be a little like dropping sodium into water?" "Very much like that, yes." "There's a bit of irony at play here, isn't there?" "How do you mean?" "The covers are for the most part removed, meaning that if they wanted to leave the grave they could. At Christ's return, graves will be opened and the righteous dead shall leave them. These folks will be eternally on the verge of a resurrection of sorts, being in an opened grave, but be unable to leave those graves on account of the flames, thereby living out in eternity the attitude they held in life, that there is nothing but the grave after death." The slight breeze blowing uphill was warm and as we walked into the field of tombs I understood why. Each iron tomb radiated heat. Of course, if it was two hundred degrees inside the tomb, eventually the outside of the tomb would reach the same temperature and emit heat into the air around it. And the breeze was probably a result of the air rising above the wall of Dis. As it rose, comparatively cooler air rushed in to take its place. "Recognize anyone?" Moe asked. I wondered why he would ask and then I noticed a lid. Embossed lettering gave details regarding the person inside. Name, birth and death dates, degrees conferred, and even an abstract concerning accomplishments in life. I slowed down, read a few and decided that the abstract was less a list of achievements and more an indictment of why they wound up here. "Yes. This person was a Supreme Court justice, though not a particularly religious one. How would someone with no awareness of God in their life end up a heretic?" "Again, Dante viewed heretics as people who knew truth but preferred their own judgment of matters over that known truth. Typically this would apply to Biblical truth, but truth comes in other contexts as well. Could that have been true of this person?" "That could be true of anyone at one time or another. But a Supreme Court justice, most definitely. At its outset, the purpose of the Supreme Court was that it be the highest court of appeal, but it has increasingly become the proving ground for contentious legislation. A recent example had something to do with how healthcare is administered in the country. New law was written that required employers who purchased insurance for their employees include in that coverage medications that result in an aborted pregnancy." "Isn't there some agency that keeps such dangerous drugs from ever Click here to read the rest of this story (974 more lines)
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