There is one particular drawer in my house that was nearing an overflow explosion of great proportions. It’s the one that I fill with papers that are “not important enough for the safe deposit box, yet way, way, wayyyyy too important to mix in with anything else.”
I purged its guts onto the floor…
and started to to rifle through the contents.
Among paperwork about insurance policies, retirement accounts, and other legitimate important-ness, I found THIS little gem:
Seriously. There it was. Right under my Social Security Statement. This little 23-page pocket guide to hell was stored in a drawer side-by-side with the Social Security Administration’s verification that I earned $3.35/hour in the summer of ’88 working as a “salad bar girl” at the local rural airport.
I have no CLUE why this pamphlet was in my “important stuff” drawer. I obviously put it there, but why?
Did I have a good reason to think that my soul was destined for eternal destruction? If so, did I honestly believe that having a pocket manual to punishment was going to make things go a little easier? Did I need directions for the damned?
I want to read it, but sub-headings like…
- Where is Hell Located?;
- Punishment by Cold; and
- Greatest Pain of Hell
…have me a little freaked out tonight.
Plus, I hate the cold and I don’t particularly want to know where Hell is located…although I have a pretty good idea that it’s somewhere near the storage locker at an airport salad bar in Pennsylvania.
In my own belief, I think that there definitely is a Hell and that the choice to go there is made during life, primarily by outright rejecting God. I can only assume that’s the point of the pamphlet and the reason why I decided to throw it in the important drawer. After all, what can be more important than a reminder that after this mortal life, there is more yet to come?
Do you believe in an afterlife?
Thanks again to Sidney and her suggestion to purge a drawer. Half of the contents were trashed, the other half were organized, and one little hellish pamphlet was…ahhh, I have no idea what to do with the thing…but I’m sure it will find a new drawer and shock the next person who finds it there.