Glastonbury -Heaven or Hell?
The 2013 Glastonbury Festival started in earnest today (Friday) when Liam Gallagher made a surprise 11am appearance on The Other Stage. The former Oasis singer led out with ‘Flick of the Finger’ the recent single with his band Beady Eye, followed by the Oasis hit Morning Glory to the delight of the fans who eagerly welcomed a weekend of live music. As tradition goes, rain greeted the thousands of fans who poured onto the fields at Worthy Farm yesterday, but the good news is that the forecast is good for the weekend.
In the South-East corner some of the alternative events were getting underway. At Shangri-La, the late-night venue, guests can make the choice between Heaven or Hell because the theme for this years Festival is ‘One Man’s Heaven is Another Man’s Hell’. Debs Armstrong, Shangri-La creative director writes on her blog,
“Festival goers can choose to party in the seven circles of Hell – Shangri-La’s famous Alleys are redesigned this year around a Dante’s Inferno journey through the seven circles of Hell, creating a maze of contemporary sins and punishments. The souls inhabiting the Seven Circles of Hell are prone to acting out their sinful desires in open hedonistic displays throughout the alleys, and they have no qualms about forcefully including anyone within sight. In these alleys there is no law but perversity, and absolutely anything goes.
The Hell Stage is a circle built of black gothic shards and brimmed with raging flames, the best of The Hub and Club Dada’s epic programming and the worst of hell-fire damnation combine to create our new Hell Stage arena.
“We could see the disparity of the people going into the flames as normal people, and coming out as unearthly creatures. The more they raved against God’s will, the deeper they drifted into the all-consuming flames. When they re-emerged, they had lost all human shape; their earthly appearances had become that of grotesque, metamorphosed animals. This is the place for whoremongers, sorcerers, idolaters and those who have swamped festival culture in corporate hypocrisy”
Shangri-La Heaven is a ‘higher place’, top of the hierarchy of desirable places but difficult to get into.
“It is as a paradise, especially in contrast to Hell. Only the good go to heaven, but how do you get through those pearly gates? You can’t! Through The Waiting Room officious Admin Angels will process you at The Desk of Judgement. These angels and their precious gold wristbands may be elusive, so maybe you can try to win, buy, blag or con your way in.
Once you’ve secured your ultimate VIP pass, take off your welly-boots, get cleaned and glittered at one of the booths and enjoy the luxury inside our Heavenly Lounge. At the centre of Heaven is the Garden of Eaden, where the angelic elite are chosen to drink from the waterfall bar, lounge on luxury beds and experience the mythical surprises inside.”
This is an interesting concept and designed to be fun, and although festival-goers can make a choice as to which venue they attend, once the weekend is over the real choice still remains. God sent His only Son Jesus Christ to be a sacrifice for our sins and bring us back into a relationship with Himself so we can be free to make that choice. God said through Moses in Deuteronomy 30:19;“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death (heaven and hell), the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants.”
We cannot choose by our ‘good works’ whether we go to Heaven or Hell when we die. There is no-one ‘good’ who can go to heaven. The Bible says,“For by grace that you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8).
By rejecting Christ we can make the wrong choice, choosing hell over heaven. Without Christ we will always remain in bondage to hell. Christ came to set us free from this bondage.“If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36)
So, when we have left Glastonbury and returned home; once the tents and stages have been dismantled for another year will we carry those visions depicting heaven and hell in our hearts and seek to make the right choice?