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The Devil and Miss Prym

July 4, 2011
The Devil and Miss Prym

The Devil and Miss Prym

And a certain ruler asked him, saying, ‘Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?’ And Jesus said unto him, ‘Why callest thou me good? None is good, save one, that is God. — Luke 18:18-19

Even God has a hell: His love of mankind. — Nietzche

For almost fifteen years, old Berta had spent everyday sitting on her doorstep watching the world go by. No one takes much notice as that is what old people do, after all they have little else to do.

Old Berta has her reason, and one day her reason is fulfilled, a stranger walks into the village with a devil at his side.

Dark is the absence of light. Evil the absence of good.

We all have free will. Why do some choose the path of evil?

There are those who choose the path of good as they have heard it is a guaranteed one-way ticket into heaven. But should we not do good for its own sake?

Many keep to the path of good because of fear. Fear of being caught, fear of punishment, fear of what people will say or think.

Why does a just God, a loving God, allow so much suffering in the world?

The stranger wants to put all this to the test. Will the honest, law-abiding, God-fearing villagers of Viscos break one of the Ten Commandments, namely thou shalt not kill, if the reward is high enough? He offers ten bars of gold.

The Devil and Miss Prym by Paulo Coelho is a battle between good and evil. It is the third book in the And on the Seventh Day trilogy, all the action takes place within seven days. The first two: Veronika Decides to Die and By the River Piedra I sat Down and Wept.

The Shack
Suffering
Love Wins

Heaven and Hell

November 23, 2010
old tree

old tree

A man, his horse and his dog were traveling down a road. When they were passing by a gigantic tree, a bolt of lightning struck and they all fell dead on the spot.

But the man did not realize that he had already left this world, so he went on walking with his two animals; sometimes the dead take time to understand their new condition…

The journey was very long, uphill, the sun was strong and they were covered in sweat and very thirsty. They were desperately in need of water. At a bend in the road they spotted a magnificent gateway, all in marble, which led to a square paved with blocks of gold and with a fountain in the center that spouted forth crystalline water.

The traveler went up to the man guarding the gate.

“Good morning. What is this beautiful place?”

“This is heaven.”

“How good to have reached heaven, we’re ever so thirsty.”

“You can come in and drink all you want.”

“My horse and my dog are thirsty too.”

“So sorry, but animals aren’t allowed in here.”

The man was very disappointed because his thirst was great, but he could not drink alone; he thanked the man and went on his way. After traveling a lot, they arrived exhausted at a farm whose entrance was marked with an old doorway that opened onto a tree-lined dirt road.

A man was lying down in the shadow of one of the trees, his head covered with a hat, perhaps asleep.

“Good morning,” said the traveler. “We are very thirsty – me, my horse and my dog.”

“There is a spring over in those stones,” said the man, pointing to the spot. “Drink as much as you like.”

The man, the horse and the dog went to the spring and quenched their thirst. Then the traveler went back to thank the man.

“By the way, what’s this place called?”

“Heaven.”

“Heaven? But the guard at the marble gate back there said that was heaven!”

“That’s not heaven, that’s hell.”

The traveler was puzzled.

“You’ve got to stop this! All this false information must cause enormous confusion!”

The man smiled:

“Not at all. As a matter of fact they do us a great favor. Because over there stay all those who are even capable of abandoning their best friends…”

From The Devil and Miss Prym by Pauo Coelho and reproduced on his blog.